So after the plane ride and waiting more than hour at the airport in line to deal with cell phone issues (yes Bruchim Habaim to Israel and bureaucracy) I got settled in my apartment. It is right on the Katamon/German Colony/Greek Colony border!
I meet the agent a lovely chap from Melbourne who made aliyah many years ago. Even was president of his shul there. He walked me through the details of my rental.
And so after unpacking I thought a little neighborhood orientation was in order. After all I needed to lay in a few food supplies as Shabbat will be here soon enough plus I am particular about my breakfast! (egg whites with some cheese if you must know!) So out I go–down n my street, around the corner and down that street and as I hit the roundabout–a voice calls out from a car–“Girl are you lost?” I was startled for sure but looked up to see good friends from San Diego who have an apartment here and it was clear I was very close to their digs! I knew they would be here at this time-I just didn’t think my own place would be so close. And I mean around the corner.
So on my first afternoon I got to see friends from California and have a great lunch at Mamilla Mall with them. Only in Israel does this every happen to me!!!! Only here!
And no I haven’t slept yet. But I did grocery shop, walk through the neighborhood a lot, sit in a café, and I did what you are supposed to do on Sabbatical. I have already read two books! One for sure has much to teach and share about. And I will do so at a later date.
That is the news from Jerusalem. All is quiet here on this first day of July. The tourists are here-busses going from place to place. Which gives the serious issues that play them selves out here in this modern, but ancient land a surreal cast. I am sure more will be revealed in the days and weeks ahead. But in the mean time it is good to be home –only in Israel!