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Good Times in Israel

Jan 6 2009
I woke up at the usual time for breakfast. I toasted and ate the bagel I bought yesterday in Tzefat with Jen. It was amazing. Since a lot of people chose to skip breakfast and sleep in, I went back to the room for awhile. We got on the bus and were left off in what seemed to be the middle of no where.

There was no bathroom and a lot of people had to use the restroom. Shabat suggested the bushes. Um no. We were asked to break up into groups and get into a jeep for a tour. Lindsey, Michelle, Ali, Ben, Jen, Ricky, and I picked the closed green one. Staci joined us and sat in the front. We had so much fun! It was so bumpy and we were falling all over each other. We saw lots of cows, ruins, mine sites, fields, etc. Our jeep driver was really funny! We passed a lot of signs that said, “Danger Mines!” The driver said that in Hebrew and in English it says danger mines, but in Arabic it says picnic area. Later on he said, “If we bust a tire the stronger sex will have to get out and push, while the men stay inside.” Ricky said something about male chauvinism and the driver told him it wasn’t chauvinism, it was the truth. He heard us talking about Will and Grace and asked us if we were all gays and lesbians. Ricky answered that we were a mix. The driver went on to say he didn’t care and that it is a free world and we can be whatever we want. We all thought that was really cool.

We stopped in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. We listened to some guy talk to us about Syria and point things out in the valley below. The view was beautiful. We took some photos and in one of them another jeep driver made us all stick out our middle fingers. I took two rocks that looked volcanic and were really cool. When we were driving back down a branch fell and was in the way of our jeep. The driver took out a big knife and just hacked it. We all thought that was kind of cool.

We got back on our bus and drove to a shoe factory Kibbutz. We had to listen to a whole long speech before we were allowed to use the bathroom. The bathrooms were nasty because they were flooded and there were only two stalls. The line was extremely long! A bunch of people bought ice cream and shoes. I just wanted to get out of there because the place gave me a horror film creepy vibe.

We then went back on the bus and drove to Mt. Avital-Mt. Bental Nature Reserve. The mountain hangs over Syria. Shabat brought us to the very tip/edge of the mountain to talk to us. It was FREEZING! There was a great view and the stories were interesting. There were black cut out people that everyone was taking pictures with, in particular Roi. The soldiers explained that the black cut outs were used to fool the enemy.

Then we went down into a bunker and I had to use my flashlight. The stairs were narrow. The passageways were very small narrow as well. We were able to congregate in a small room with walls covered in graffiti and messages. My name was written on the wall twice. Ali took one picture of me next to it. After we got out of the bunker Shabat said we were headed straight to the bus. We didn’t have time to go to the coffee shop nor were we able to stop at the shop. The bathroom was locked, which sucked. A bunch of us took pics with the big metal dinosaur.
Afterwards we drove to what Shabat called a mall. I definitely wouldn’t call it a mall. It was a grocery store, a couple of bad stores, and a food court. I went to the grocery store and bought some chocolate and cinnamon buns. The cinnamon buns were the best I have ever had!!!! I met everyone else in the food court. The Pardos had some awesome looking calzone that I had a small piece of. It had a strange taste. Jacob had some jamming fries. They were nice and crispy. After that Ali and I went to the bathroom.

We then all split into 3 groups: the political discussion group, the hike, and the circus group. Anna and Staci joined our group, which was the circus group. They had us line up by our numbers just for the fun of it. We were informed that the circus wouldn’t start for a while, so we would go to a winery first.

The winery was across the street from the mall, so we walked there. We were taken into an auditorium that was lined with wine bottles. There was a mosaic lamp in the middle of the room that looked like Aladdin’s lamp. A guy came in and introduced himself and started the movie. The movie was hosted by a genie from the lamp. The movie was educational, but it was also really interesting. It was sort of 3D and reminded me of the videos they play with movie themed rides at amusement parks. After the movie they took us to where they store the wine while it ages. It was very humid and all the barrels were red. He told us it takes 3 years to make the special barrels. Next we moved to the tasting room. We were each given a glass that I really liked. We tasted 3 wines. I tasted a sip of the first and the third. The second one smelled way too strong for me. I gave all the wine I didn’t drink to Jen, Sarah, and Hilla. The pretzels they gave us were really good. Our guide said we could keep our glass, which I was so happy about. Then we went to the gift shop and I really wanted to buy Gayla a shirt that had a big G on it. However, they only had one left and it was the wrong size. We all used the bathroom and boarded the bus.

On the bus I sat across from Hilla and Ali. Hilla bought wine for her boyfriend and Sarah bought dessert wine. They both said the wine was very cheap. It was interesting to talk to Hilla. We discussed G-d, her military service, Gaza, and her boyfriend. She said that she’s very proud to be an Israeli and to fight for her country. She said we would want to fight too if someone was always trying to take away our land. We then talked about music. She played for us a song she wrote and sang. It was really good despite the fact Ali and I didn’t know what she was saying. I played Fountains of Wayne for her. She seemed to like it, but didn’t understand what they were saying. Ali explained the lyrics to her and then we all cracked up. We were driving for a long time and Hilla really had to pee. She was really funny about it. She was cursing and bouncing in her seat. We felt like we were driving for forever. We didn’t know where the circus was located. Then Hilla pointed out that we were driving towards Haifa, which is far away from the Golan Heights. We wound up going to a place in Shorashim, which Hilla said wasn’t too far away from where she lives.

They had us listen to some really boring lecture. I didn’t pay attention to it. Ali, Hilla, and I talked for a while in the back of the room. She showed us pictures on her phone. When the lecture was over we used the bathroom, and boarded the bus.

We then drove 10 minutes away to a school. We were going to watch a group of school children who were half Arab and half Israeli perform. It wasn’t the circus we were expecting. However, it was still entertaining. Afterwards they gave us time to try some stuff out. I wanted to, but I was afraid of getting hurt. I watched Sarah on the trapeze for a while. Ali and I went in search of the bathroom because we knew we had a very long drive back. The fist bathroom was flooded, but luckily we found another one. We boarded the bus and left. I sat behind a girl who was on the phone for the whole ride complaining that she didn’t want to go to the bar later that night. She said she would have them call a doctor for her so she wouldn’t have to go. I didn’t want to go either, but I wasn’t causing a scene.

When we got back to the hotel it was really late. I realized I had the key and probably locked Rachel out this whole time. I did, but the hotel let her into the room. When I walked into my room there were so many people in it! They were all getting ready for the night. They were deciding on clothes, doing their make-up, and straightening their hair. Then they all went down to dinner, but I decided to stay in the room. I ate my cereal, tried on my clothes, got my stuff ready for the next day, and packed. I knew I wouldn’t want to pack when we got home from the bar.

After dinner the crowd came back to my room to finish getting ready. Ricky served as the fashion consultant for all the girls. I really didn’t want to go to the bar. I much rather have slept. I was exhausted! When we got to the lobby they announced that there was now an option to stay in the hotel. I wanted to take them up on it, but I didn’t want to be the only one staying behind. Josh was also thinking about staying, but the group convinced him to go. The bar wasn’t too far from the hotel so we walked there.

I spent the night dancing with Lindsey, Ben, Sara, Maddy, Emily, Deb, etc. A lot of couples were created that night. The only American song that they played was Katy Perry’s Hot n Cold. They kept playing Geo Da Silva’s Do It Like a Truck. So of course for the rest of the trip we all had that song stuck in our heads. Before we left I meant to get a picture of Ben by the Big Ben Bar sign but I forgot. I remembered on our walk back to the hotel. I said, “o well next year” and he added “in Jerusalem,” which was the common phrase during our trip: “next year in Jerusalem.” So we all cracked up.

When we got back to the hotel, Rachel and I changed and finished packing. She climbed into bed and I was just about to do the same when Sarah and Ricky came into the room. We talked for about two hours. Then Ricky said he was tired and left. I finally climbed into bed at 2am. Sarah went in and out of the room for a while after that. So much for my much needed sleep!

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Stepping Back in Time with the Roedde Family

6/11/13
We had breakfast in the room with the food from Regency Club. We organized our stuff and made sure we were all packed.

We headed out to the Roedde House. I was excited to see it. My mom and I love to visit old historic homes. We passed the Abbott House as we walked. This is another old home but is privately owned. We found Roedde House and rang the bell. Nobody answered. We tried again. Still nobody. I walked around the house and saw that there were lights on. We rang again. Nothing. I was getting nervous. I really wanted to do this. I decided to knock and ring. That finally brought somebody to the door. Thank goodness! She was on the phone, but ushered us in.

Right away I knew I was going to love the house. It was so charming. My mom was already smiling. The young lady got off the phone and apologized. She was the only one there. I showed her my Foursquare deal where you get two admissions for the price of one. $5 for two people was a good deal. She said she was new and didn’t know anything about it, but took it anyway. I was worried that new meant she was going to be a horrible tour guide. She offered to give us a tour and since we were the only people there it was a private tour.

The house is late-Victorian and was built in the Queen Anne revival style. Gustav Roedde, the city’s first bookbinder, had the house built for his family in 1893. There are 11 rooms that you can see. We saw the parlor, living room, kitchen, pantry, master bedroom, boys’ bedroom, girls’ bedroom, bathroom, two work areas, and a servants area that leads to the backstairs. There were many original artifacts that belonged to the family and the other artifacts were from the right time period, but didn’t belong to the family. Gustav’s wife, Matilda, was very short and you can see everything has been adjusted for her height throughout the house. This house also had built in closets which is unusual for the time period. Our tour guide told us that house’s design is generally attributed to the architect, Francis Rattenbury, notable for the Legislative Buildings and Empress Hotel in Victoria. Overall the tour was great! Our tour guide was extremely informative despite being new. She had a great speaking style.

After Roedde House we looked at the outside of Barclay Manor, which is next door and is now an old age home. We decided to do Robson St. We window shopped and stopped in a vintage shop and a cupcake place. The vintage shop was too expensive, but had amazing stuff. We bought a cupcake from the cupcake place. We went into the mall inside our hotel (Royal Centre Mall) which was anything but a mall. We spent 10 minutes walking around and headed back to the room.

We checked out of our room and spent the next two hours hanging out in the Regency Club. We split the cupcake which was just ok. We read magazines, but spent most of our time watching the Frame channel. Frame channel has cameras all around the world and switches between their cameras every 5 to 10 minutes. So you get to people watch, see the world, and learn about new places. They don’t tell you where the camera is. So my mom and I used clues to guess. We would look at the language of the signs, the architecture, the people, the bags people were carrying, the time of day, etc. It was so much fun. The channel doesn’t have typical commercials. Instead, they quickly show postcard quality images of places from around the world. I posted Egypt and Japan at the bottom of this post.

We left Regency to walk around more. We visited an old church across the street from our hotel. The stained glass and wood work were incredible. Then we walked further down to another mini mall. I found a dress in H&M and waited on line to try it on. The dressing room smelled like evil nasty feet. I bought the dress cause it was on sale, but 12% sales tax jacked the price up. We ran back to our hotel and picked up our bags. Off to Amtrak.

We got to the station and they were already boarding. My mom filled out our customs forms while we were on line. We we were assigned seats and then had to go through customs. The customs agent checked out forms and passports. He asked us questions and my mom made a joke. He didn’t find it funny. He then yelled at her for writing NY instead of New York. We had to put our stuff on scanners. Then we could finally board. We were in business class. The seats were comfy and there were a lot of foreigners in our car. My mom used our coupons for a water and cinnamon bun. The train ride went by fast because the view was amazing!! If you are taking Amtrak from Vancouver to Seattle make sure to ask for seats on the right side of the train. The sun was setting as we traveled which made the view even more spectacular. Tomorrow I will post an entry just of the pictures from the train ride. We stopped at the US border. Border agents boarded our train and took our forms. The train ride was pretty uneventful except for the man across from us peeing 7 times in 5 hours. He drank 3 large bottles of sprite and 3 cans of beer. He didn’t eat a thing. Strange.

We pulled into Seattle after 10pm and despite having directions we were utterly lost. A nice man pointed us in the right direction. Many buses in Seattle are underground! Crazy I know. We found our bus, yelled at people to get our of our way, ran for the bus, and made it. The bus dropped us off 3 blocks from our hotel.

The Hyatt was sold out. The Houston Astros were at our hotel. We got to our room and immediately saw a huge welcome basket filled with food and drinks. Nice! Then I looked up and noticed our view. We had a view of the Space Needle. It was so beautiful! We took a bunch of photos and settled in. We were exhausted.


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Boston Memories

I took a day off of blog posting yesterday in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon Explosions. It was my version of a moment of silence for them. My heart and prayers go out to the victims, families of the victims, and everyone who witnessed the horrific events first hand. As a girl I watched from my classroom window (located across the street from the World Trade Center) the atrocities of 9/11. I know what it is like to wish you could take the images and sounds out of your memory. I know what it is like to run for your life. I know what it is like to wish that you were safe at home watching on TV instead of being in the middle of it. So I know how you feel. The pain, sadness, and the memories start to fade and blur over time. Though each horrific event or anniversary will temporarily bring them back.

I’m headed to Boston next week. This is a trip I have had planned for months and am not going to change it. I’ve been to Boston several times before and thought I was use this post to show off my favorite Boston memories. I will post pictures from my times in Boston with my college friends and with my family. I will go back to writing about Philly tomorrow.

Did I mention it was St. Patrick’s Day weekend?

This was right after a guy came up to us and said “beam me up Scotty!”

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

No idea why Star Wars people were at the parade

At the parade

After freezing our butts off for hours this Borders was our savior

Paul Revere’s Pew

At Harvard

Loved Make Way for Ducklings when I was little

Where everybody knows your name…

Always have to find the Masonic Lodge

Yummy! From Flour Bakery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baltimore

I’ve been to Baltimore many times. I decided to go back in 2011 for a refresher. I really wanted to go to Charm City Cakes and Blue Moon Cafe. If you go to Blue Moon Cafe, stick with the Captain Crunch French Toast. My mom ordered a cinnamon bun and our friend ordered pancakes. The pancakes were thrown out and the bun was picked at. My french toast was really good though. I did a couple of history museums, but I still want to go back and view the Egyptian Exhibit at the Walters Art Museum. I highly recommend Maryland Historical Society Museum. They have performances that are quite entertaining and educational. The Baltimore Civil War Museum was very quick and not what I was expecting. The Flag House and Museum was great. I just missed the group tour, but they gave me a private one. We took Amtrak to get here, which was a piece of cake and we used public transportation to get around. The best meal was at Cheesecake Factory. I got fried mac n cheese balls (see picture below), mac n cheese, and oreo cheesecake. YUM!  To view my trip plan please click here. To read my Charm City Cakes post click here.

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Blue Moon Cafe

Brick Oven Pizza

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