Marcos (from Brazil) at one of the junk shops before the market.
It was back to more Ulpan today after spending the majority of the weekend at the Beech. We were at Hofa Carmel for about 7 hours on Saturday after it took 3 hours to get there because the buses were so messed up between Shabbot and T’sh b'av. The waves were so ridiculous and we had to stay very close to the shore or the undertow pulled us under… I haven’t seen waves that big since going to Hawaii. Hebrew went much, much better today… they have now moved me into a new “special” ulpan class that is much smaller but covers the same material as the other classes. This way we can receive more one on one attention and can have our questions immediately answered than in the larger classes…. The teacher kept stressing the fact that we were just as smart as the other classes and not to feel bad about ourselves… hahaha felt a bit like kindergarten but im still glasd to be in this class… already today I felt like I was learning much faster than in the other class where I felt so behind.
The selection at the Shook.
After class a few friends and I went down to the shook (outdoor market) in lower Haifa. The shops went on for blocks and blocks and were filled with such a variety of fresh fruits and veggies and random knickknacks. It was fun going around the stores and trying out our Hebrew… although everyone immediately responded in English and then were eager to practice their English with me after discovery I was American… My friend Raina is coming to visit me right now because she is currently on a Kibbutz not too far from Haifa… she has been traveling around Israel for several weeks leading a group of kids, but this is the only time we have been able to connect so I am very excited to see her. I’m off to meet her and then do my homework.