With everyone posting on facebook about graduation and moving on to bigger and better things, it has made me reflect about the year I have spent Post-Grad. It’s been exactly a year since I finished my 4 wonderful years at CU-Boulder and I just can’t believe it. I am not going to lie I look at all the photos and I am a little jealous. Not only did they have an awesome speaker- Julie Andrews but it looks gorgeous in Boulder… Definitely a little different then the day I graduated with a speaker we didn’t know too well and the rain just holding off for the ceremony and making it so cold.
Since, I extended my time in Israel I was able to participate in two very important days (by that I mean sunset night before day and day) in Israel. Yom Hazikaron, which is Israel’s official Memorial Day and following right after, Yom Ha’atzmaut, which is Israel’s Independence Day.
On Saturday morning I was supposed to spend the time bike riding the north pier in Tel Aviv with Mor, but she got really sick; so instead Oz drove me up to Maagan Michael in the mid morning. When I got there Inez greeted me with open arms. I put my stuff down and we sat in her backyard for awhile. She claimed it wasn’t a beach day because of the high winds.
After the lovely afternoon at Rosh Hanikra, Oz took me to the bus stop in Lev Hamifratz and I rode the public bus for the first time in Israel. I took the bus to Tiberias, where Mody and his new group picked me up at the station. Mody, actually told me I could have joined him as early as Monday, but Oz and I had planned the Rosh Hanikra trip for Tuesday, so I found a compromise and went up Tuesday after our adventures. Oz asked if he wanted me to wait until I got on the bus before he left. I said worst case scenario I am right next to Yagur so I can call my cousins. But everything worked out. I was quite excited to go to Tiberias. The only time I recall being in Tiberias, might have been a drive through on Taglit and a drive through stop at the super market before camping with Oz and Brian, which when the bus entered Tiberias I recognized the super market.
Monday was a very special day in Israel. Of course, like most holidays it started at sundown on Sunday and continued until sundown on Monday. Since we drove back from Eilat on sunday we were racing against the clock to get to the grocery store and pizza place. We were successful!
Our second day in Eilat was a little more low key. The wind was blowing really nicely so we decided to go to the kite surfing beach. Oz did some kite surfing while I sat and relaxed at the beach. Everyone was happy. At first we only could find some chairs near the water. While Oz was out I was able to score one of those bed like things you see in the pictures. Laying on the bed I was surrounded by more people and able to talk to a few new folk, which is always fun. One guy next to me was from Boca Raton in Eilat for work. Then there were a group of three sitting on the other side. They were fun to talk to and share a drink with. Plus there was a guy walking around playing the guitar. To top it all off, I ended up getting my massage I wanted for my birthday. While I was on the bed this guy was walking around giving 45-60 minute massages. So I got my massage on the beach. It was very nice.
For my birthday I chose to use the weekend to go to Eilat. So Oz and I spent 2 full days exploring all Eilat had to offer. However, I didn’t do everything in hopes that I will come back, and because it was such a short trip I decided to save Petra for another time. It is really cool down there- how close to the border you are to Jordan and Egypt (Sinai). Acabo in Jordan is quite large- at least compared to Eilat. They have the hugest flag.