ISRAEL – Israel 1

Life after Birthright….

May 28 – June 1

So I was sick–very sick. Shelly played mommy and took care of me well. We became bums on the kibbutz for a while and really got to know the kibbutzniks. For those of you who don’t know, Shelly Farahan is my really good friend from Indiana University who I am continuing my Israel trip with and who you will hear a lot about in the future because we have been together 24/7 and it has been a blast. Her brother is what they call a ‘lonely soldier’ which means he made aaliyah and joined the army but his parents aren’t in Israel. So, when he isn’t on the army base he lives on one of the nicest kibbutzes (a communal living area where everyone shares almost everything) in all of Israel. It sits on the Med Sea and has a great beach. There are a lot of Ulapanistim (an Ulpan is a semester course where you can come to learn Hebrew. They have them all over Israel and people from around the entire world come to study at them and just have a chance to live in Israel for a while.) Shelly and I are very social people and after I began feeling better we met a bunch of lonely soldiers from South Africa and Ethiopia and Ulpanistim from South Africa, Argentina, America, England, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, and more. Danny, Shelly’s brother in the army, is a really generous person and let us stay in his room at the kibbutz whenever we needed. It has become our home base for the summer as we travel around Israel.

Danny’s suitemates and neighbors (all soldiers) are really interesting people. Avi is an Ethiopian who was born and grew up on the kibbutz. He smokes nargillah (what they call Hookah in Hebrew) all the time and speaks only Hebrew. Therefore, Shelly and I are forced to speak to him only in Hebrew if we want to talk to him, which we of course do. My Hebrew has improved so much since coming here. The trick is to not be embarrassed to speak and make mistakes. Most Israelis will be patient with you attempting Hebrew and are forgiving when you make mistakes, which I often do. We also met some guys from the Ulpan one night at dinner and they invited us to their toga party that night. One of the Ulpanistim was from Scotland and Shelly and I made him say “Get in my belly” (from Austin Powers) all night. Very entertaining.

The Ulpan on this kibbutz is great and one much coveted over all the Ulpans out there. Ma’agan Michael (the name of the kibbutz) is beautiful yet secluded. I began to feel much more myself and it was time Shelly and I travel around the country. But first, SHANTIPI!!

 

 
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Comments for kbernste:you have 21 comments

Debbie Geldzahler
Hi Karyn, I am not bored at all! I love reading the news! I have never been to Israel but I feel like I am by reading all of your information. Love the pictures!

13 Jun 2006
Karyn
Hi Debbie! I have been having lots of fun…and yes my friends are cute too 🙂

12 Jun 2006
Debbie Geldzahler
Hi Karyn, hopefully you got my message. I wasn’t sure that I did it right. Loved all of your pictures. Cute Friends too!!!!!

12 Jun 2006
Karyn Bernstein
Hi Karyn, Loved hearing from you and viewing all of the pictures. Looks like you are having such a wonderful experience. You are so very lucky. Keep me informed.

Debbie Geldzahler

12 Jun 2006
Karyn
Hi Brian,
Thanks for the new feature. The weather here is pretty amazing. I thrive off of sunshine and a beautiful environment so I’m happy here in Israel. I’ve always wanted to visit the UK, but I do hear that the weather there is never very nice…

01 Jun 2006
Brian
Hi,
I’ve added a ‘Click to see latest photos’ link at the bottom of the page so people can see all the photos without a blog entry.
Click on the thumbnails to see the full size photo.
Looks like great weather for you – it’s raining here in the UK.

Best wishes

30 May 2006
THE Husband Mark
AWW… snuggly bunny… i adore you and i am jealous… i hope you are having a wonderful wonderful time… glad you are enjoying your adventure… enjoy birthright and soak in all that you can love… i am sure it will be a life impacting experience… sorry i didnt get to see you before you left… i wanna see you soon… get well and be happy… know your missed … enjoy shavuot in the homeland… yours truly… wifey-poo sugar bunny… MHF

29 May 2006
Sara
Karyn,
I hate being sick, I wish you were feeling a whole lot better! I hope you can get some more sleep,and get some more energy! Glad you’re having alot of fun. Can’t wait to hear all about it once I see you this summer! Lots of love and good luck!

-Your cousin Sara (SaiSai)

29 May 2006
Andy
Karyn, I am so sorry you are sick. You know I just want to be there to mother you and make chicken soup. I am so gratefull to Shelly for taking such good care of you. So glad you enjoyed your group,that is what it should be all about!! Love you much, and look forward to breathing you in later this summer. Momma

28 May 2006
Sandra
Karyn,

I am excited about your blog – a neat way to hear about what is going on. I’m also excited about your new life adventure to a country you feel is already such a part of you. I know you have been before, but how wonderful to go back! You have had so many experiences since that first trip and return with a whole new perspective. You are wise to stay in the moment as much as you can in Israel. For these moments will be a treasure to you forever.

Love the photo of you and Greg – I had the pleasure of seeing Blanche and Papa Joe Saturday night. You have a delightful, loving family.

22 May 2006
Andy
Karyn, I feel selfish that I am missing you so much!! So let me say that I really want you to enjoy yourself. My worries are a Mom thing. One day I hope you know this worry!! But, the other side of the coin is that I do want you to have a wonderful safe experience. Love ya, Lots, Momma

19 May 2006
Karyn
Ani lo mevina kol hameeleem! Ma zeh kvar (I know I should know that one), ve ma zeh hishtapra ve neshikot? todah!

17 May 2006
Jonathan
Shalom motek! ani yodea she’at higaat l’israel kvar. Az ha’ivrit shelach kvar hishtapra! At mevina? neshikot!
Jonathan

17 May 2006
Elan
I just spoke to you on the phone while you’re waiting for your flight out from Atlanta…Have an amazing trip and enjoy every bit of it- and remember, its “tus-tus”

17 May 2006
Rachel
Have so much fun!!!

17 May 2006
Dani
Have a blast! I’m still mad that you told me you weren’t going! Just kidding! Love you and you better have the time of your life!
XOXO

17 May 2006
Karyn
aww…I love ya babe!

17 May 2006
Karyn
yay Sarah! I assume Wilcox…you are the only Sarah, person actually, I know that says “wahoo!” haha…love you!

17 May 2006
Sarah
I’m making the first comment, wahoo! I win.
Also, I love you :).

17 May 2006
Jaclyn Rheins
the world is your oyster(or lox) good luck darling, and come back safely

17 May 2006
Karyn
Hi to you too!

17 May 2006
18 Oct 2011 – start of travelblog

posted Monday June 2006