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Study Abroad in Israel

Anna: A Confession

I don’t care about politics. I’ve thought this for many years with a very limited amount of guilt. The reasoning behind this apathy has been motivated by my desire to reject various forms of conflict. That is not to say I am above conflict; to be honest I often handle problems with another person in a less than ideal confrontation. However, there is something about the separation and segregation of political groups that terrifies me. I am intimidated by a strong sense of right and wrong. I like to think […]

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Anna: Settling In

Last week, specifically, last Tuesday, our international school classes began. Now, I normally would follow that sentence with another sentence expressing my distaste for the beginning of long lectures and the rekindling of homework assignments; however, I have a fresh perspective on the matter. First of all, the weather here in Haifa is completely perfect. Around 83F during the day and somewhere around 70F in the evening. The sun still radiates heat when it touches my skin and the breezes fail to nip and pierce. This whole occurrence of perfect […]

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Anna: Roommate

Firm shake and I utter good morning before I shuffle my way over to the sink. Received and revised in your mental processes before responding with a crisp hello. You catch me dumbfounded when you ask what’s up. I stammer, trying to decide if I should remark “nothing” or “good.” Here we stand, as strangers. Our only history recorded in the visual memory I have of you slipping your cigarette into an ash tray before walking through the door. Our front door. To be blunt, I thought the moment containing […]

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Anna: Leaving, but not on a midnight train to Georgia

Instead, I’ll be leaving on a 6am bus tomorrow morning heading towards Jerusalem. We’re heading out for this whole week and we’re going to be residing at some youth hostels and a Bedouin tent at night. According to my handy dandy itinerary we will be exploring… -Latrun -Kastel -Ammunition Hill -Mt Herzel Cemetary -Mt Zion -City of David -Western Wall -Jewish quarters in Jerusalem -Garden of Gethsemane -Church of the holy Sepulcher -Arab Markets -Masada -Ein Gedi Springs -Dead Sea -The Negev -Hiding caves -Tel Aviv Whew. Basically, this is […]

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Anna: Minus a thousand words

I’m missing my best friend… I’m meeting some cool people though… And seeing some beautiful sights…     All while still taking dumb pictures of myself in the bathroom..   There ya have it folks. The life of a very tired Haifa study abroad student!

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Anna: First days

Burnt from walking across Haifa’s campus to Mount Carmel national park. It is interesting to be with people while feeling like you’re not with them at the same time. Conversation is still exhausting at this point and I’m wondering if I will ever feel natural here? If I will ever find someone who gets me? Cats are everywhere on campus. Meowing through the night. They climb the brightly colored stone walls in search of food and pleasure. I climb in search of companionship and fresh air. Hebrew is everywhere and still […]

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Anna: Amsterdam

Started my journey to Israel with a security guard in Minnesota. I was stiff, nervous, and clueless… and he could tell. He asked, “You don’t travel much do you?” I mumbled no, realizing that I stick out like a sliver in my own state. Gotta work on that. My flight arrived in Amsterdam at 1pm today, which was really 6am for the midwest. I sat next to a 70 year old woman named Rosemary who asked a lot of questions and had a lot of answers. One of these questions […]

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