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Israel Trip Wrap-up

I’ve been back from Israel for a month and 1/2 now, and this past week being a break week, I have finally reached the point where a post here has become a high enough priority for me to address.

My trip to Israel was a great experience for many reasons. I learned a lot of Hebrew, which will be a continuing interest, and which I try to maintain by “speaking in tongues” to my fellow dorm friends and annoying them somewhat. Occasionally I get some Spanish in return. The written language is so firmly pressed int my mind I think it would take a lot of work to forget it, and the spoken I must continually practice.

The experiences I had in Israel, and just being able to feel what it was like to be in a completely different culture was also very beneficial. I enjoyed riding to public transportation, walking through the town, and meeting others from all over the world. Being able to visit famous locations in the Holy land was a great experience, and one I am not prone to forget.

I have more pictures I plan to upload one day when I have time, and many of them will bring back to my mind all the interesting things that happened.

 
 

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Jerusalem, Masada, and the Dead Sea Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #10

Summer2013-15006As the Ulpan comes near to it’s end, I have more pictures from last week. I wend on a trip to Jerusalem with the University group, and then for the first time since I’ve been here, I went on a separate paid tour to Masada and the Dead sea, since they were not on the university itinerary, and I knew I couldn’t come to Israel without seeing them. In Jerusalem we went to excavations under the Jewish Quarter, including the “Burnt House” museum, went to the Western wall again, and also went to the market on David Street leading to the Jaffa Gate. Also in the Jewish quarter I got this beautiful picture of a fly. In Masada I went up and down on the cable car, and up top, where it was over 100 degrees, we looked at the ruins and the locations of different buildings. At the dead sea, I went in a few times, and had a lot of fun floating in it. The weirdest thing is not to just float on your back, but instead to float on your stomach. If you lift your neck up you will keep your head out of the water, and then you can just make swimming motions with your arms to propel yourself. I had a cut on my shoulder, and boy did it hurt when it hit the water, but by now it has pretty much healed, and no doubt a little faster from the salt in the water. BTW, don’t get it in your eyes, it will practically blind you until you go to the shore and wash it out with freshwater. I didn’t get any in my mouth luckily, but apparently that much salt can make you pretty sick if you swallow it. There were people all over putting on the dead sea mud as well, but I opted to stay with just the water.

 
 

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The last couple of weeks: Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #9

Summer2013-09005So it’s been a few days since I’ve made a post. In that time, one Ulpan has ended and another has begun. I’ve learned more words and now I’m beginning to touch the past tense as well. I’ve sat for many long ours in the Library, studying flashcards and memorizing new words.

Today was the midterm for the second Ulpan, and I think I did pretty good. Of course, that is because I haven’t seen the results yet. But there was nothing that left me entirely stumped.

Since the last post I’ve been able to finally step foot into the Mediterranean, and it was a very exciting experience to jump over the incoming waves while barefoot on the sand. Although I must say, getting a mouthful of salt water is much more unpleasant than pool water in general. I’m sure in the couple hours I was there I got more than my daily intake of sodium.

On my 21st Birthday a week ago, I decided to take a little time of to relax and fold some Origami. To the left you will see a five intersecting Tetrahedra model folded without the use of adhesives from 30 separate twenty shekel notes (They are worth about $5.60 each, making this model worth about $170 USD)

I’ve also recently had the experience of a traditional Shabbat dinner provided by the university, both in content of food and in traditional Jewish custom. There were some Hebrew songs and candles were lit to bring in Shabbat. No cheeseburgers were served.

I’ve eaten many pitas of falafel as well, and I am quite sure my taste for it will not leave when I leave the country.

Last Tuesday was the university trip to Caesarea, and we stayed focused on exclusively the ancient city, with Herod’s palace, the artificial port, and the locations of city walls, the Roman bathouse, and also the location of first a Roman Temple, which was tore down for a church, which in turn was tore down for a mosque, before the whole city was destroyed in battle. The pictures are below.

 

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Trip to Nazareth: Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #7

I’m not sure if this post was never posted or if i got removed, but here it is, out of order. This was my trip to Nazareth.

We visited some Cathedrals in Nazareth and then also had time for some delicious falafel. Yum. This trip was on Tuesday the 23rd of July

 
 

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Golan and the Galilee: Summer 2013 Ulpan Update #8

A week ago today I went on a tour of Arbel, the Hermon Stream at the Banias, and another peak in Northeastern Israel. Here are the pictures! It was a very enjoyable time. We did pass a minefield on the way as well.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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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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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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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Great School Supply Escapade of 2013 (Includes car covered in Post-its!)

 

I was perusing one of my favorite websites for good deals on Saturday, and found that there was a big school supply sale going on at Best Buy- where almost everything was 50 cents. I stopped by, and to my surprise the area was untouched! I grabbed up tens of dozens of items and loaded up a few bags. Below are two out of the three pages of receipt that I got. Notice the final price – $63.21 – and the amount saved $925.00!!!PostIt56 PostIt55

Here is a look at the load I brought back – note the packs of yellow post its – Those are 10 packs of 90 super sticky notes with MRSP of over $14.00 each! And yes, they were 50 cents.PostIt02On Monday after the church picnic and softball game, I decided it was time to put some of the post-its to good use. So I orchestrated a massive vehicle post-itification. Those participating other than myself were Janek Burton, Jake Alexander, Ryan O’Leary, Barbara Burkholder, Joshua Griffin, Lucas Iforgothislastname, and some others who stopped by for a little bit to help out. The vehicle belongs to dear Amanda Hooper, and I hear she took it all in stride when she discovered the decoration.

PostIt31 PostIt24 PostIt12However, before she had a chance to discover it, things went from good to best, when it began to rain about an hour later. The notes are the more expensive super sticky kind, so the rain didn’t knock them off, it just paper-mache’d them to Amanda’s car.

PostIt46 PostIt47 PostIt49I still have enough post its for three more cars (We used over 3,000 Post-its for this one) so look out freshmen next year!

 

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Summer fun at Thunder Road in Fargo, ND.

Myself and MBC Students Josh Griffin, Xander Hartman, Minara Sooriyaarachchi, Adam Batterson, and Jacob Alexander having some Summer fun!

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Event, Life, Recreation

 

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