After all those violin and piano lessons this is what I come up with for the Talent Show...

Seriously, I really do want a Furby. Especially if it has a kippah and forelocks.

Tel Aviv

Dear Mom,

So apparently the only countries that recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel are Costa Rica and El Salvador, well and Israel of course. So random. Anyway, if you (and others) didn't know Tel Aviv is actually the capital. We all spent one magical day here free from school, adults, and basically any semblance of real life. I swear sometimes it feels like I'm on a different planet here but I loooove it!



Dome of the Rock in sand form.
So a popular T-shirt here is stamped with this image below. It contains the symbols of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. We thought we'd get a little more specific though with our sand designs and add in the Salt Lake Temple. You'll have to click for more details.

My roommates Chelsi, Allison, and Elizabeth.
BFF if you ever look at my blog you'll know I stole this photo from you and am claiming it as the fake sunset that happened on the day I went. Same beach right??

Galilee Part Dos

Dear Madre,

Explanations below. Enjoy...or be jealous:)



I think it's funny that people used to make fun of me for dropping to the floor anywhere but now look at the trendsetter I am. This is how I feel all the time.
Center of attention as always. I've noticed I'm really well liked with the elderly.
Okay I had to post this one because I thought you would appreciate it. Basically I'm sick of the same clothes and I am in the pursuit of bringing back overalls/suspenders. So whenever we'd sit down on field trips I'd just whip out a needle and thread and go to work on my black dress while wearing it of course.
Finished product below.

On the Mt. of Beatitudes

The only thing awesome about ancient ruins is being immature with them. This is a bunch of public toilets if you can't tell:)


Galilee Part Uno

Dear Mom,

Internet is being lame so here's part one of Galilee. Without a doubt it was the best R&R I've ever had. Enjoy the pics!

-love, me

ps-I'm leaving for Jordan tomorrow. Turkish bath here I come!

This was the view outside of my window in the kibbutz. You're fear is slightly coming true because I would love to stay in one of these for a few years.
This is Megiddo. Huge OT site as well as the future location of Armageddon.
Below is on Mt. Tabor which is where the Transfiguration of Christ took place.
More creepy mannequins in Tiberias.
So I was convinced that the Jerusalem Center has the best view of any chapel in the world because it looks over the Old City but this might be a close second. This is the small church building that serves the Tiberias Branch and what is looks over is the Sea of Galilee.
On the roof of the church. Feel free to comment on my nicely bronzed skin.
This is the Jordan River. We were fortunate enough to see a session of mass baptisms.
Thank goodness for real ordinances and warm baptismal fonts:)
Around this area they had similar scriptures in different languages. Please read this one closely and laugh.