Ben Gurion Airport

In an hour i will be on a plane to New York. As any person who has studied abroad knows, it changes you. This is also the case for me. I had quite a few expectations and ideas of how studying in Israel would be, yet I could not have prepared myself for what I experienced…

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Finally Started Classes

Just a couple weeks ago I finally started classes here in Israel. During the summer I took the intensive Hebrew course called Ulpan, then we had a month long break to explore Israel until the semester started. During that break was when the violence between the Jews and Arabs started, as I’m sure most people…

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Exploring Jerusalem

      Living in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem feels like its a world away. Especially with all of the current violence, its hard to remember how close the holy city really is. Before all of the recent chaos began, I took a 45 minute bus ride to Jerusalem and stayed at a hostel for a…

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Visiting Ancient Caesarea

We went on a group trip to the ancient port city of Caesarea, about an hour north of Tel Aviv by bus. It was built by King Herod around 13BCE to improve relations with the Roman Empire. The original structures were mostly destroyed during the many different times the city was captured. It saw many…

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Tel Aviv Graffiti

Coming to Tel Aviv, I was not prepared for the onslaught of graffiti. Studying in such an ancient place one would assume that everything looks like its been there for hundreds of years. This is not the case in Tel Aviv. Though it backs up to the ancient port city of Jaffa, the actual city of…

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Ready for Israel

So I wrote this a week ago and for some reason it didn’t publish. The wifi here in Israel is a little difficult, so I’ve been here a week but I’m going to re-post it now: I have a 6 hour layover here at JFK and its finally hitting me that I’m about to go…

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