Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm Here at Tzuba!

We arrived in Israel on Monday the 27th after a long two days of travel. It was fun seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the airport. After the flight, we drove to Kibbutz Tzuba where we are staying. The view from everywhere you look is amazing, and it has finally hit me that I am in Israel and will be staying here for the next four months. We then got our roommates and began to unpack. There are four people in each (very small) room. My roommates are very nice and are from California, New York, and Ohio. I am looking forward to getting even closer with them. Even though the living situation is very  small, the view from our balcony certainly makes up for it, as you can see in the picture. Yesterday, we had an orientation all day. We learned about the rules, our classes, etc. I got to meet my Jewish History teacher, David Alon, and my class. Jewish History and Hebrew are each 2 hours and 45 min. Today was our first real day of school! So far, my teachers and classes are great! It is very different from ETHS in so many ways: walking from class to class is outside, my math class has six people, we call the teachers by their first names, and so much more. Don't get my wrong, I love ETHS, this is just different :). I have three free periods in the middle of the day (right now) which is very nice. So all in all, everything is going great! Thanks for reading! 


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Packing, packing, and more packing

Hello again! So I guess I lied in my last post when I said my next post would be in Israel because I am still in Evanston. This week of being a "high school dropout" has, surprisingly, been pretty boring. I have been doing a lot of packing, watching Netflix, shopping, and getting very excited for Israel! My biggest challenge right now is fitting my life for four months into 2 fifty pound bags, especially because we have to pack for basically every type of weather. It will all be worth it though! I cannot wait to leave for New York on Sunday morning and then Israel Sunday evening!! It is amazing how quickly everything has happened and how real it is all becoming. Thanks for reading my blog!



Saturday, January 18, 2014


Thanks for checking out my blog! For the next semester, January 26th - May 30th, I will be in Israel on NFTY-EIE. There are about 80 other teens on the program, and we will be living on Kibbutz Tzuba which is about 15 minutes outside of Jerusalem. Throughout these four months, I will be taking Jewish History and Hebrew in addition to my general studies classes including Chemistry, English, and Math. On the program, I will climb Masada, train in Gadna, spend a week in Poland, and go to the Negev. I am very excited and a little nervous for this amazing opportunity in eight days! I am not sure how often I will be able to post on this blog, but I will try my best to update you as much as possible. My next post will probably be in Israel!! Thanks again for reading my blog and I hope you continue to follow me through my travels!

 - Sadie