So I have landed here and it is great to be in Israel again! The stream of emotions that I have experienced over the past 24 hours have been wide-ranging and as a result I am exhausted. When I got to the airport, my bags weighed a grand total of 110 lbs together. The limit? 110 lbs. Finishing packing was stressful enough but then having to worry about whether I took enough clothing and supplies to last me for the next 4 years while staying under 110 lbs was enough to make my hair turn gray. So, to the teachers who I gave gray hair to over the past few years, we're even. I sat next to a nice guy on the plane who was about 30. He was going to Israel with an organization similar to birthright. We chatted for a while but ultimately I passed out in my aisle seat with a book still in my lap...traveling always wears me out. Much to my dismay, about 6 hours after I fell soundly asleep a group of orthodox males (about my age) started praying...RIGHT next to me! The whole swaying and mumbling and all that jazz. I figured it would have been rude to ask them to take their prayers elsewhere as I was trying to rest so I merely ignored them and scanned the plane to get an idea of who was traveling with me. Mostly Israelis, Yuppie Americans on birthright, the religious, or the in-betweens.
Just a bit about the content of my blog. I do not intend to censor myself in the language that I use so I advise that if you are sensitive toward harsh or graphic language...careful? At the same time, however, I recognize that some things are better left kept to ourselves so I will try to find a happy medium that will appease both parties (the prudes and the ludes). It's great to be back and more blogs to come!