With just ten days left, I’ve been in a whirlwind of doing all of the things I still want to do, finding gifts (and ample amounts of Israeli chocolate) to bring home, seeing all the people I need to see, and on top of all of that, completing my seemingly endless final papers. To say … Continue reading The Finger Countdown
Most people spend Spring Break looking for beaches and warm weather. I left the beaches and the warm weather and headed up north with a friend (shout out to Heather Shore!). In all my travels, I had been to three different continents, maybe even four if you consider Israel to be both in Asia and … Continue reading When In Rome…and Some Other European Cities
Ulpan has ended and classes have begun! However, if you thought I was actually going to blog about my classes, you’re incorrect. I would hate to bore you with those details when so many fun things have been happening! The weekend before classes started, there was a rumor of a snowstorm. A week or so … Continue reading School Days, Snow Days, and Holidays
It has been a month since my arrival to Israel. There is finally almost a routine to my pre-semester life here (Ulpan ends on Wednesday, and the semester will begin officially on Sunday). I wake up and make breakfast with two of my roommates (shout out to Megan and Mel), typically some variation of eggs, … Continue reading One Month Anniversary!
I’m in love. It’s only been a week. But I have fallen in love. I’m in love with this city. I love that buildings are all made out of the same beautiful stone. I love that men with black hats and beards ride the train next to women in olive army uniforms. I love that … Continue reading A Love Story
If you’re wondering if I ever made it to Israel, I did. My flight (shout out to El Al!) landed on Thursday around noon. One of the very best parts about flying to Israel is that when the plane lands, everyone applauds. Whether it’s directed towards the pilots for getting there safely, the excitement of … Continue reading This Girl Is-Raeli Here
“Aren’t you nervous to be going there?” I’m in Gainesville for the day, getting a final pedicure with my roommate (shout out to Jacklyn Locklear!) as a “last hurrah” gesture before I leave. We’re talking casually about my upcoming trip, when the blonde, middle-aged woman a few chairs down leans forward and asks, “Aren’t you … Continue reading Goodbye Florida!
Naomi is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Spring in Jerusalem, Israel. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Hebrew University. What is your year and academic concentration? 3rd Year Family, Youth and Community Science major with a minor in Jewish Studies Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where … Continue reading Naomi: Spring in Jerusalem