Israel 19

Memoirs of a decision

Memoirs of a decision

Israel began as such an odd happen of circumstance. So many things simply came together in a manner that had any one of a number of small events gone slightly differently then I would never have gone. Not for work, and probably not for any other …

Leaving Israel

Lital at the airport

Bon voyage!

As is traditional with my blog, it seems that I only take the opportunity to sit down and commit electronic ink to screen when I feel I have something to say or at the very least when I have the time. In recent times, I have certainly been busy. Both …

The adventure begins

The problem with being a person with a tendency toward the obsessive is two-fold. Firstly, should one not be immediately good at something then it is quickly dismissed as stupid never be attempted again; which anyone, that has had the extremely rare …

Survival

This is the first year I think a November 25th has passed quite so quietly. For the last decade I’ve had a person in my life – typically a partner or female co-worker, that is usually giddy with joy of the notion that it is only a month to Christmas. …

2 days

In the last 2 days, 2 very odd things have happened. Yesterday, happily working away around half an hour before lunch I was disturbing from my coding trance a sudden high pitched scream emanating approximately 2 meters to my right. Alarmed by the …

One month on...

This week will mark one month of my being in Israel. On the one hand this could easily be deemed as the longest months of my life. At no point do I think that I have ever faced so much stress, anger or sorrow. In a lot of ways I feel like I have …

3 and a bit weeks of Israel

So, it’s now been some 3 and a bit weeks of living, working, breathing Israel. I think it is fair to say at this point that I’m adapting and setting my expectations a little more realistically for the situation. Unquestionably there is a huge …

Apartments old and new

Just a quick post tonight because it’s already half past ten here as a result of my two and a half hour Hebrew class after work. Which has given me a mild information overload based headache, but then my brain was desperately trying to learn as much …

Day 8 of Israel

Today was always going to be a long day. I knew that going in. What I didn’t realise going in was that this was comfortably going to be the worst day so far. This day’s mission objectives were get to the bank for 9, collect everything I needed, swing …

Week 1 of Israel

So here we are, almost exactly one week since I entered the very apartment in which I sit now. I wish I could say that it was all better now and I’d completely settled in, but that would be pretty far from the truth. As a realist, I’ll be happy if …

Day 5 of Israel

If you’ll allow me the luxury of another cathartic rambling, I’ve been surprised today by the response of so many of you getting in touch by one means or another. I think it has helped that last night gave a solid 11 hours of sleep that probably …

Day 4 of Israel

Well Israel has been a real emotional rollercoaster, and today has been no exception. Except that, as with all good rollercoasters you can’t just rush straight into the main event there needs to be a build up. The previous few days have only been a …

Day 3 of Israel

Just a quick one today, partially because life day to day life can be quite dull and sometimes there just isn’t all that much to report on. Today this is only partially the case. Today is mostly a case of being absolutely knackered. The travel, the …

Day 2 of Israel

As with yesterday, I can’t help but feel that I should really start the day 2 report with the end of the previous. Last night I dashed out of the apartment, barely awake, to visit the fourth and final apartment of the day. After a near 20 minute walk …

Turning out the light

Last night in an attempt to turn the bedside lamp off, the socket turned through 90 degrees and fell off the wall!

Day 1 of Israel

Before I begin with day 1 of Israel, it makes sense to start with day 0. The parents very kindly drove me down to Luton to catch the plane where upon EasyJet completely conned me. Interesting thing to note, if you purchase extra luggage allowance on …

Breakfast in Israel

Coffee on the lawn, with a lovely pond, sun out and a light breeze. It could be worse.