Shades of Israel
Trip Start Sep 15, 2010
29Trip End Jul 23, 2011
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I wasn't sure what to expect as we passed through her gate and the cinder block garden, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the room to be clean, quiet and with a fig tree growing outside the window. Her home is only a 20 minute bus ride to the Old City and there are lots of local shops down the street. Best of all, Antoinette is easy to get along with and a great Arabic teacher. Her extended family lives downstairs and within a few hours upon arrival I met her niece and nephew watching Al-Shamshoons (The Simpsons) and their bird named "Tweet."
During the next six weeks I will also be interning at the NGO, Search for Common Ground (SFCG)
The SFCG office is comprised of both Israelis and Palestinians working on a dynamic mix of peace building projects. My main responsibilities are organizing their upcoming journalism awards ceremony and helping edit articles for their Common Ground News Service. Lunchtime falafel breaks are optional, but have quickly become a part of my daily routine. :)
This past weekend I also had the chance to visit my old friend and Spanish tutor, Fernando, in Tel Aviv. We ate dinner near the old port of Jaffa and then strolled along the city boardwalk. It’s incredible to see how different Tel Aviv is compared to Jerusalem. It is so developed, so secular ... there is so much skin! Compared to East Jerusalem, the difference feels like night and day. Yet, I’m quickly learning there are many shades of Israel.