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Arrival

18 Oct

So I am typing this from my dorm room – I have officially arrived. I figured out how to get the wifi up and running. That was my third task after my arrival. The first order of business was a hot shower! The next was procuring coffee for tomorrow morning (we have a symposium that starts at 8:30 a.m.!). 

All my flights went really well, thank goodness! Once I arrived in Tel Aviv and got through customs, I was going to take a sherut (shared taxi) to Haifa but I had just missed one and the next wouldn’t be headed out for ages. I decided to tackle the train system instead. The trains were super easy and once I figured out where to buy my ticket – it was simple from there. Train stations aren’t that different from England to the US to Israel. I didn’t really even struggle with my two bags that much. I was pretty pleased with myself when I ended up at the right station in Haifa (out of three possibilities!). From there I took a cab straight to campus. I had a very chatty and friendly cabbie. He made me laugh the whole way to campus and continually pointed out the sights as we drove through town.

The dorm check in process was very straight forward and they even helped me drag my bags to my new flat. Though I see what everyone means about all the stairs! I will have some killer legs by the time I return to Reno. From the main clubhouse and campus market to my flat – there are six flights of stairs. No elevator.

I have met two of my flatmates so far. There is Davy (real name Catherine but goes by Davy) from Little Rock, Arkansas and a really nice lady (who’s name I missed) from Calcutta, India. We know there is another girl already here but she’s out for the evening. So that leaves two more flatmates to meet.

It’s 6 p.m. here so I think I’m going to start unpacking and get myself organized a bit so I am ready to go early tomorrow. I’m going to try to stay awake as long as I can but I doubt I’ll last too long — I’m exhausted! The social activities crew is hosting a night on the town tonight at 8 p.m. to help introduce students to good places to hang out. I would normally be all excited to join in but the combo of already being tired and having the symposium bright and early tomorrow means lame-o Mary. Boo!

As I settle in over the next few days and go through orientation – I will let you know how it’s going. So far, so good though!

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