sleeping in a bed is good
03.05.2007 - 26.08.2007 22 °C
So I am in Madrid, the keyboard is taking some getting used to. Let me quickly get up to speed, if that is possible.
Israel was amazing, and I don´t mean it was fun and it was exciting, I mean it really felt like home. And no, it wasn´t just ooh Israel is beautiful the Jewish people are so happy there, it was CRASH a bottle was thrown at Aiden and I cause we went into the wrong neighborhood and THIS is Israel, not some heaven on earth for Jews and Arabs to coexist separately. Beautiful country, beautiful people, and amazingly spiritual and majestic experiences. I can´t do it justice on this online blog, especially since this internet place isn´t giving me all the time in the world.
I´ve made good friends, great friends. In Israel, some of the best friends I´ll ever make, be they American or Israeli. Best news is that I get to go back at the end of the summer. Leaving Israel, Blair and I slept in Ben Gurion Airport, went our separate ways into the Ancient World, I to Athens, she to Cairo, and there I was, uncontrollably smiling to the point of tears. It had been so long since I felt so good, and finally I was off on my own in the world to experience everything new and to meet other people who only know me for who I am and not where or what I came from.
Athens was nice, kind of unimpressive. A weird mixture of locals and tourists, and the tourist attractions are so disconnected from the locals. Everything was just a pile of stones, seemed dead, and they were dead ruins. Not like Jerusalem where the people include their ancient sites in their daily lives. One day in Athens was enough. Sleeping in the airport was, once again, uncomfortable, but I met a nice woman from Venezuela, got to warm up for Spain in my Spanish.
Now Madrid, what a beautiful and livable city. The architecture made me feel small, full of awe, but looking around I noticed that I was above average in height among the people. Churches are beautiful here, I took someone´s advice in walking into every church I pass. Plazas are very nice, great atmospheres, very green with trees and plants. I´ve made quite a few friends, most notably a nice girl named Nas from Australia. We went to Museo del Prado today and then into the Botanical Gardens. We then parted ways and I got myself a ticket to Granada for tomorrow morning. As wonderful as Madrid is, I think that the most exciting experiences will be those less familiar to me in Granada, as opposed to metropolitan Madrid.
For now, I´m going to look for a bookstore to find a book that will teach me Hebrew in Spanish--that´s so me. Until next time!