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August 27, 2010

I’d like to think that I chose this path all by myself, that going abroad for five months after graduation was an adventure I’d had in the cards for years.  I say no to convention, no to a 9-5, no to the traditional post-college trajectory!

But a part of me realizes that my decision to move to Israel was a combination of two factors: the economy and timing.  Finding a job in 2010 is a challenge to say the least.

Thanks to a little bit of encouragement from family and friends, I decided to go on a 10-day trip to Israel through the Birthright program in June.  I believe in things like fate and astrology signs and ghosts, thus I did not expect to nor did I undergo a religious transformation in the holiest of lands.  But I came home sure of one thing: Israel was a complex, unique, beautiful place and I needed to go back.

From August 30th to January 27th I will be living, interning, and volunteering in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Goals

Pursue every adventure, festival, concert, and event in Tel Aviv.

Taste foreign flavors in my own kitchen and when ordering from a menu.

Learn to appreciate and accept the religions and beliefs of others.

I touch down in the Land of Milk and Honey on Monday.  What follows will be journals, photos, stories, poems; anything and everything.