Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 1:11 AM|
Subject: Yafo & Tel Aviv
Here is an update on what’s been going on. First of all, I booked my flight back to the US. I hope to fly out of Tel Aviv on July 30th, spend a couple days with my cousins and grandmother in Atlanta, and arrive home on August 2nd. After that I intend to continue studying at University of Idaho. God willing everything will go smoothly.
About three weeks ago (Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th of May) I went with a friend to visit Yafo and Tel Aviv. Once in Yafo, we found a hostel to spend the night at. They only had two options available, a room or a tent on the roof. We took the cheaper of the two. (editor-the cheaper was the tent on the roof of the hostel, which had potted plants and chairs, a small garden atmosphere.) We then walked around the wharf and through the nice area of Yafo. There were a number of brides and grooms having their pictures taken there. At some point we ate at a Bulgarian restaurant.
That night we were walking by a large theater with a lot of people outside. We decided to see what was going on and found out that we were in time for a play. Allen wanted to see it because it was written by a famous Israeli playwright, Hanoc Levi. The play was entirely in Hebrew. I could follow most of it, though I certainly didn't understand a lot of what was said. Afterward, we got some food for the morning and headed to bed.
The next day we walked along the coast into Tel Aviv proper. Our first stop was Independence Hall, where Israel's independence was declared when the British pulled out of the area. The hall has been made to look like it did when the declaration was made. We listened to part of a presentation in Hebrew and all of a presentation in English. At the end of each presentation they played part of the sound recording from the ceremony. The part they played was the end of the ceremony which finished with the national anthem, 'HaTikvah' (The Hope). It was very moving. Afterward we saw the art museum. Then we parted; he went to pick up a friend from the airport and I walked around some more before returning to Jerusalem.