Nine roommates. 39 program participants. Three weeks later. What can I say, these past few weeks have been unbelievable. Having eight other roommates has been pretty interesting, definitely sharing my space in such close proximity with so many people has tested my patience. I strongly believe that this living situation will continue building everyone’s character. I must say, I LOVE my roommates (and if any of you are reading this blog, you are some of the greatest people in the world) we all mesh so well. Of course, we’ve had our moments (returning drunk at three in the morning and wanting to dance in the living room or complaining about the dishes not being clean) but we’ve figured out a system. It’s only been three weeks, but it definitely feels like I’ve known everyone for a lifetime.
Our days usually consist of Ulpan in the afternoon, hanging out at night and partying hard on the weekends. I’ve never met a group of people who can handle Tel Aviv as well as everyone on this program can. I’m praying my liver can keep up for the next few months. My favorite thing is that every Friday we all cook a Shabbat dinner together and say the Kiddush (Shabbat meal blessings). We sit around the table and enjoy each other’s company. On Saturday mornings, we make Shakshuka, traditional Israeli breakfast, and we either enjoy the beach or sit in the living room playing Israeli games or play the guitar. The guitar is an important instrument in Israel. We all bond over songs and performances!
Our group has spent a good amount of time in Ulpan (about 4-5 hours a day) learning Hebrew. Our teacher, Hila, is a magnificent woman who incorporates mainstream Israeli songs, skits and games to help us learn Hebrew. I definitely see an improvement in my Hebrew and I also see my roommates have improved significantly as well.
For those of you who are curious about my internship situation here is the verdict, I decided on an internship! After a lot of thought and consideration, I decided to intern for a startup in Israel. The company is ShopSpree located in the best location in Tel Aviv (Rothschild 22). I am beyond stoked to be working at this fine startup and I am even more excited to wear heels to work 😉
The agenda for the next few weeks includes a trip to the Negev/Eilat , the Jewish holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah) and Ulpan graduation. I haven’t been to Eilat in about six years and I am so excited to be going back as it is one of my favorite places to visit in Israel. Celebrating the Jewish holidays in Israel with my family here has been a dream of mine. Being here for the holidays is something I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. Ulpan graduation, well, let’s just say the next few days of Ulpan are going to be very intense but so worth it for my certificate!
Stay golden, friends.
P.S. Visiting anytime soon? Know of anyone visiting? Let me know, would love to grab coffee with you or your friend!