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15.8.08 16:11

Finally arrived

When I finally arrived in Israel 8 days ago (it seems so much longer to me!), I had to spend my first night in Israel at the airport in Tel Aviv. Absorbing first impressions, I waited till 6 in the morning to get a Sherut (which are shared taxi which start as soon as they are fully loaded) and headed to Jerusalem.

During the ride, I already made first contacts to fellow students. After the arrival and the check in at Hebrew  University in East Jerusalem (took us about 40minutes to get from the West to the East of the country...), we got to see our student village the first time.

The village consists of several blocks made, like almost all buildings in Jerusalem, from besch Jerusalem stone. My room in a 5-persons apartment is nice and comfortable. But the best thing is:

I can see the Dome of the Rocks from my window! Fantastic!

In our village, there are several hundresds of people living. Right now, there are mostly internationals, because the semester has ended.

The first night I had to stay alone in my apartment, but on the following days, Shira(a girl from Florida), Gong(Chinese), Rana(Californien girl with Palestinien roots) and Ruben(from Italy) joined. They are really great guys and we have an amzingly open atmosphere in our apartment!!

During these days, Im talking to dozens of different people from all over the world each day. To get to know so many people at once is really a challenge because of the names...;-) and most of the sudents are extremely open.

I guess around 60% of the people here are American(you know that I like that:-) ) and about the same are Jewish. They are here because of their studies, to learn Hebrew, to discover their roots or - like me - because they are interested in the region/cultures.


11.8.08 00:01

3 days left...

Thanks to an article in the Humboldt University's student newspaper "UnAuf"(which I just can recommand in general, you can subscribe to an absolut free subscription with deliverage to your homes), I'm now even more excited about my oncoming semester. Read it and you'll want to be me:-) The article is part of a series of articles done by students who had been abroad to study, called "studying in...". This time it is about Jerusalem, writen by  a guy who had done the same programm I'm going to do: studying Israel's and The Middle East's politics, culture and history at Rothberg International School.
His report is amazing!!
30.7.08 11:04

Very first posting

Since I am (finally) going to leave for Israel in a few days to live and study in Jerusalem for half a year, I decided to create a blog. This is supposed to give me the opportunity to share and exchange photos, experiences and thinkings with friends from Frankonia(my home region in Germany), Berlin and Jerusalem(as soon as I will arrive there).
Due to the fact that my studies and most of my interactions are in English and because everybody understands it, I will write in English. Thanks for your corrections, I promise it will get better during time!

Why did I create this blog? I hope I can achieve to entertain you, to stay in contact with all of you(and of course to stay in your minds ), furthermore I wanna give myself the opportunity to reflect what is happening, so I can gain the maximum from my experiences!
Perhaps I can even encourage someone of you to visit the region...

Of course, most of the blogging will begin in August, when my term at Hebrew University begins! Hope you enjoy reading!

25.7.08 00:41


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