We had a long day of walking throughout the city, visiting different neighborhoods and historic sites. And as much as I hate being herded in a large group with a tourist sign flashing above my head, it was wonderful to learn more facts about Tel Aviv and be guided through this young city. The Habima National Theater
This was exactly how I felt around 3:30 when we were freed from the tour and I was able to rest my weary body riding the waves of the bus as it sailed back across the city.
Once I arrived home I truly had no interest in walking the few feet out of my front door to pick up some ingredients for dinner, so the lovely (and might I add, sick) fiance volunteered to round up some food.
Home cooked salmon over market rice and greens was the perfect way to end the long day of foot travel. I personally love lightly dressing the salmon with olive oil, lemon, pepper and salt and cooking it in the oven. And even better, we have plenty of left overs!
Tomorrow will be spent in the classroom doing workshops to prepare for our internships. And while I welcome the break, I will miss that feeling of satisfied exhaustion that comes with a day well spent on your feet. One of my absolute favorite things to do is take long walks around a new city, so I will treat tomorrow like a rest day until the following day where I can wander the streets and devour the sites of Tel Aviv.
Today was really the start of it all. While Dave is busy learning how to be a doctor I wanted to make sure I wasn’t struggling on my own to find a job, so I signed up for an Israel sponsored internship program, Israel Way. The program provides hebrew classes, cultural experiences and 5 months of interning at a high-tech start up.
I started the day with an hour home yoga session thanks to YogaGlo (next on my list is to find a yoga studio near me) and then made myself a delicious egg breakfast:
1 egg, 2 egg whites, Israeli ketchup, roasted sweet peppers, hummus and eggplant salad (just typing this out now makes me excited for breakfast tomorrow).
Most of the internship program participants live together in dorm-like accommodations, so I met them at their building to start our afternoon of getting to know each other. It’s hard to complain when your ice breaker activities take place by the Mediterranean.
I’m excited to explore the country, acquire a second language and hopefully secure a job through this program. So we will see how these few months progress and don’t worry, I will keep tabs on it all on here.
Once I left the group for the evening I made my first solo trip to the market and returned home victorious with dinner ingredients in hand.
Tomorrow the program has a full day of walking and exploring the city on the agenda – can’t wait to show pics from the journey
Who doesn’t love a good IKEA trip? A chance to get creative with decor and exercise your patience as you build less-than reliable furniture. Yes, there is an IKEA here in Tel Aviv and yes, I frequented this staple of young adult life twice in a matter of 24 hours. We rented a car and were off for our big adventure outside the confines of public transportation and our feet.
Needless to say we loaded up on plenty of swedish goodies :)
After IKEA we also found ourselves at another home goods hotspot where we picked up my favorite purchase of all…planters to hang on our railing! And we filled them with fresh herbs! These hanging potters are the most amazing invention and they are all over Tel Aviv. I am very excited for the fresh and zesty additions we will add to our meals!
Nothing better than gardening in your living room.
To finish off a very long two days of moving into our new place we finally cooked our first meal complete with one blackout (the power seems to be very sensitive in our apartment), one good friend (we plan to have many couch surfers so come on over) and plenty of Israeli delights.
(delicious, perfectly cooked chicken found it’s way to the table shortly after this picture was taken, I was just too eager to wait for the main event)
I have been in Israel for a week and I already feel very comfortable here. I am learning the layout and the fastest bus routes, I have located my neighborhood market and I have keys to my new apartment. Tuesday afternoon I embark on my next journey, starting my internship program. Hebrew classes are first on the to do list so hopefully by next week I will move beyond “where are the bathrooms?” Wish me luck! Layla Tov
All I have to say is that after we move in to our new apartment tomorrow I am SO ready to be done moving! Moving out of our San Francisco home was no easy feat and it was physically and emotionally exhausting. How do you say goodbye to that menu you saved from a birthday dinner three years ago? Or how do you donate that dress you were saving for that one occasion you were sure was going to find it’s way onto your social calendar?
After over a week of packing I was ready to sit on that long plane ride to Israel, simply sitting and watching mind numbing TV. But now that we are here it’s time to move out of Dave’s old apartment and into our new one, which only means more packing, cleaning and moving. Luckily most of our things are in suitcases, but there was some disassembly that needed to happen.
Taking off the table legs in style
Movers are coming tomorrow evening to move all of our stuff over to the new place, but we thought we would help them out by making it as easy as possible to move things up and down stairs. And we will be getting pretty intimate with a whole lot of stairs tomorrow as we start nesting in our new place.
Our treat for all of our hard work was a quick bike ride to the beach!
It felt so nice to just sit on the sand and have the water lap over us. And yes, this was the first time I have been on a road bike since the accident and it felt great. I have a feeling I might be sore tomorrow from that 30 minutes of peddling haha.
Now it’s time to get some rest before a very long day of IKEA, moving and getting acquainted with the new space.
A year full of struggles, patience and triumph
A year starting with new beginnings, smiles and opportunity
Last year was an important year of growth and this year I will continue to grow, but on my terms. Day one of 26 included plenty of delicious food, signing a lease to settle into our new home and spending the day with the love of my life. I am prepared and ready for the challenges that lie ahead and even more excited for where this year will take me
Today was filled with plenty of sun, lots of walking, and most importantly, less stress. We fell in love with an apartment and will sign the lease tomorrow, so with the weight of finding our new home released from our shoulders we decided to tour the city. Here are some pics from the day:
Sorry for the quick post but I must get my beauty rest on my last night as a 25 year old….