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Trip to Jerusalem: Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #6

Make sure to scroll over the images to view captions on some of them, or better yet, click on them to see them much bigger and scroll through! These photos were taken about a week ago on the 19th.

 
 

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Atlit Detainee Camp: Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #5

This past Tuesday I visited the Atlit detainee camp. Here is a wikipedia ink to learn more about it. It was used before the creation of the modern state of Israel to detain those who illegally immigrated into the British-controlled Palestine.

Below are the pictures from my experience!

 

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Church: Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #4

Yesterday being Sunday, I spent about 1 1/2 hours finding what buses I needed to ride and routes to take there and back to get to a Baptist Church. I had already emailed the pastor of Haifa Baptist Church, Philip Sa’ad, and I knew where to go and when the service times were. So at 6:30 in the evening I went to their service. Sunday is a work day in Israel (or a school day for me), so the services are in the evening. There were probably 25 of us all there, Pastor Sa’ad said that there were many who were absent.

Haifa Baptist Church is an Arabic-Speaking Church, though many know Hebrew and English as well. While Pastor Sa’ad spoke in Arabic, His wife translated to English for me. There was music in Arabic, and special prayers for a lady in the church who is getting married, and the Pastor’s daughter, who is traveling to America.

The church was very welcoming and happy to see me, and I will be returning to their services again. What I find interesting, is that because of the time difference, the evening service starts at the same time as the Morning Service on Sunday in my church at home in Wisconsin and at college in North Dakota.

Today was a big study day, as others have been, and so I don’t have a lot of pictures or information to give you! However, there are more places I’ll be visiting this week, so keep on the lookout.

 

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A long walk: Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #3

Below are many pictures from the 11 mile walk I took on Thursday. Being that I walked all the way down and all the way back up Mount Carmel, it took about 3 1/2 hours. I was very thirsty, and enjoyed a smoothie at the “Juice Bar” pictured, at Carmel Center.

 

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Israel 2013: More to come!

I’m busy studying for the rest of today (BTW it is 4:30 PM here right now), but tomorrow I should be able to update with more information about how it’s going here in Israel! God Bless!

 
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Day #2 of Class: Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #2

All these pictures are in fact from the Haifa tour yesterday. I will take pictures of class soon, but I want to get to know people a little better before I start pointing the camera in everyone’s face. 🙂

Below are pictures taken on the bus

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First stop: The observation area of the Baha’i Gardens.

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Walking to the gardens

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View from the gardens

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Bahai gardens and shrine. It is impossible to capture on camera how long and steep this actually is.

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Ship in the Bay of Haifa

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Walking to the market

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One thing cheaper in Israel than the US: Fresh fruit and vegetables.

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According to Tomer, our college tour guide, this is the best falafel in Israel.

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But here’s the best part: Israeli candy.

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It’s all made with honey, and very delicious.

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Final stop: looking up at the Baha’i Gardens from below.

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Bonus: After the break is a gallery of a few more pictures from my flight and the Airport in Rome.

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On the Ground in Israel: Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #1

Well, I’ve been in Israel for more than a full day now, so It’s time I update you all! First off, I would have posted sooner, but not until a few hours ago did I get adapters for my US outlet based electronics, and I needed to conserve battery. But now that I have them, I’ll get you up to date with all that is going on. Below is the plane I took from Chicage to Rome.

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Below is the Rome Airport. It was much like a mall- much fancier than the Chicago Airport, until it was time to board the flight. Then they put you on standing only buses to the plane, out on the airfield somewhere.

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My first picture in Israel Below. This flag is at the Campus.

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Below is one of the Talia Dorms, another one of which I am staying in.

 

 

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Below is the part of the group I took a campus tour with this morning.

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Below: Part of the amazing view from the Campus. Prepare to see many more such pictures in the following weeks. The whole campus is on Mount Carmel, and has lots of breathtaking views of the city.

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Below: Placement exam for beginners.

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Another view from campus.

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Dorms Mini-Mart

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One of the malls

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Market in the mall

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Eshkol tower on Campus. I’ll give pictures from the top floor eventually!

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Orientation

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Falafel!

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This marks the beginning of a new adventure!

First, some context for those of you who may be reading my blog and have not heard about my summer adventures. Over a year ago, I looked into learning some Hebrew, and started memorizing some and looking into the best way to learn it more. My final conclusion was that the best way to learn Hebrew is bu going to a Hebrew Ulpan in Israel. This is a class that is intense and accelerated, teaching people Hebrew who don’t know any. I received my passport in December of 2012, and at this moment I am sitting at the gates in the Chicago O’Hare Airport. I got here by bus, below is a picture of my family tying to espy me through the tinted windows as I departed.

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And below is the view I have right now.

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So as you can see, I am headed to Israel today, and I have a layover in Rome, Italy. I’m already faling into the tourist traps by paying $8 for the wifi to post this. 🙂

It is very overcast here in Chicago, so I’m hoping for some sun as as we get above the clouds later on. I had no problems with the TSA, it was all very quick.

Stay tuned – I’ll be making more posts as interesting things happen to me over the next eight weeks!

 

 

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