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Hip Haifa

19 Aug

The Bahai temple and gardens in Haifa. Photograph by Anthony Pidgeon

I apologize for the lack of posts lately – I have been buried at work and didn’t really have too much to say for now. I have about two weeks left in the office before fall travel starts. Between wrapping up work projects and trying to enjoy time with friends and family – time has been flying by!

We did hire someone to cover my position during my absence – my friend Johanna! She already works for USAC in the Student Information department but will be moving to Marketing on September 4th. We will be traveling together for the first two trips of September – I’m looking forward to traveling with someone! I’ll train her as we go and then we will have three days together in the office between trips. After that we split up to cover more fairs – I will have two more work trips before the end of the month. I am very happy that my schedule worked out so that my very last fair is at one of my favorite schools – Northern Illinois University. I didn’t plan it that way but I would have if I could! I’m really happy to be finishing work travel on such a great note.

I recently found an interesting group on Facebook – Haifa Young English Speakers. They host monthly beach barbecues, attend concerts and do cooking classes in their homes. They have a great list of English resources like – salons with English speaking staff, English speaking doctors and dentists, where to buy English newspapers (I loved the International Herald Tribune when I lived in Germany) and books, etc.  I joined their group and have already jumped into several interesting conversations. I even already made plans to meet up with several people for coffee my first weekend in Haifa!

So to apologize for such a boring post today I wanted to share a great article I found on Haifa on the Lonely Planet website (this is a different article than the one I posted on Facebook). It’s all about Haifa’s rebirth from a working class port city to a hip, progressive and inclusive city. Enjoy Hip Haifa.


Nose to the Grindstone

30 Jul


I was off work all last week since the university required me to take my furlough for 2012-13 before I left. I just stayed in Reno since I’m trying to save money. It was a nice relaxing week – I read a lot, took some kids to the water park, went to my first Reno Aces game, had long lunches with friends – it was great.

Today, I’m back to work and it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. Since I am still doing my usual work travel in September, that means I’ve only got August to wrap up projects and finish writing my “Mary Manual.” My to-do list is about three feet long but at least I won’t be getting bored. Admittedly, I’m getting a little stressed out but I know I’ll hit the “super focused” groove soon. This might be a good month to buy me a drink. Ha ha!

August also brings with it a few big events I’m looking forward to – a friend’s wedding in Grass Valley, the annual awards ceremony for the theater and La Tomatina en Reno (basically, a massive tomato based food fight in downtown Reno that raises money for cancer research). I have a feeling that August and September are going to FLY by!