Well hello there.
I’ve been a bit absent, haven’t I? I figured I better update you on my recent happenings. I’m at a crossroads in my big trip and an update is in order. Here’s a hint: it involves a summertime internship. In Tel Aviv. That’s in Israel.
I arrived in Israel exactly 3 weeks ago (poorly planned to be here for the summer). Since then, I’ve traveled a bit around the country. Saw Jerusalem for the first time. Left Jerusalem and then came back again. (It’s a powerful place.)
I couchsurfed, sat on the beach, floated in the Dead Sea, visited monuments, left a prayer at the Western Wall. Now I’m in Tel Aviv where I’ll remain for the next two months. Yes, two entire months. (Read about my first two months in Israel here.)
When I arrived in Israel I was immediately struck by how different this place is. There’s something in the atmosphere, no doubt, but the people, the places, the culture has been so unexpected from my preconceived notions that I felt a need to stay. To understand and get a better sense of this place.
Everyone has an opinion on Israel. On this land between the Jordan Valley and the Mediterranean. Before I arrived, I probably had an opinion, too. That opinion—and my first impression—has been twisted & turned over the past three weeks. And I expect it to continue to evolve as I explore this culture & society over the next two months.
Books and articles may explain what this place is like but I feel that I can’t rightfully make an argument without seeing the place (and the people) for myself.
So, what will I do with my idle time here?
I decided the best way to delve into the politics of the region, is to, in fact, delve into the politics. I’ve accepted a short-term summer internship in Israel with a reputable nonprofit organization interested in finding a peace agreement between the Israeli & Palestinian peoples.
I spent some time asking around about the organization, reading up on it myself and learning a little more about the politics here. It’s an organization I believe in and this internship in Tel Aviv will allow me the opportunity to stay abreast of the news and the mood of the region. More on my Israeli summer internship later.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to, where I am and what I’ll be doing. If you’re in Tel Aviv in the next two months, please stop by to say hello.
I’m excited to call this place my temporary home. And to take some time to really explore this fascinating society.