Jared in Israel

Greetings friends!

I have arrived in Israel…after a very long flight, including a stopover in London for a few hours and some Crumpets. (it’s not a cookie, it’s a newton, and we can’t be proper all the time).

I arrived in Israel at 5:30 am with my dad (who, by the way is insane, I think). We rented a car and drove an hour north toward a town called Netanya near which lies a lovely place called Kibbutz Maabarot. Upon arrival at the kibbutz, we were greeted by the smell of cow dung and my cousin Hagi (he’s the lucky guy in charge of milking cows here and the one kind enough to allow me to use his computer). By the way, a kibbutz, for those of you who do not know, is a self-sufficient socialist-based collective living community. There are about 150 throughout Israel. Some are nice, some are dumps. Mine is on the nicer side, but it still smells like cows. That’s not a familiar smell if you if you are a new yorker like me. The weather is nice…actually on the chilly side for Israel, and there is talk of snow tomorrow! Unheard of!

After catching a couple of hours of sleep, me, my dad and aunt and uncle drove to Jaffa, the ancient port city right next to modern Tel Aviv, to visit the Balkan Tourist office and arrange the next portion of our trip…to Bulgaria. Should be exciting. After figuring out that we will be flying out next Monday to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, we treated ourselves to some good old fashion Humus, Pita and Kebab (little balls of hamburger…good stuff) and “chips” (those are basically greasy French fries)

It’s now about 8:00 pm and I am pretty tired…but having some coffee to keep me up long enough for a game of chess with my cousin.

I will write periodically like this to everyone on my list….let me know if you don’t want to live vicariously through me and I’ll take ya off! 🙂

Till next time, “Lehitraot!” (“See Ya” in Hebrew)