Wayfaring

adjective
1. (of a person) traveling on foot.

It’s More Than a Market

I have this theory that the shuk (market) a few blocks away from my over-crowded, over-priced apartment is a microcosm of Tel Aviv, and maybe even a metaphor for Israel. As you walk closer to the long strip of vendors selling everything from chicken liver to star fruit and the best falafel you’ve ever tasted, the chaos envelops...
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Out of the Fog

Finally, my Tel Aviv light has turned on. After 5 months of this hectic, dynamic city, which many times has brought me to ugly tears, it’s shockingly clicked. The days have less struggle and more laughing. The nights are filled with friends instead of wonder and doubt. Moving to a new country was nothing like...
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An Exercise of Passions

I recently read an article by one of my favorite bloggers, Mark Manson, about finding your passion.  He cynically rambles (something I oddly enjoy) about the fact that every persons’ passion presents itself in everyday life, but people just choose to ignore it. They think it lacks viability, probability, stability…the excuses go on and on....
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Freedom Pains

My mom has this little sticky note on her computer that says something like, “if you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.” I looked at it when I would be on my breaks at home, while I was surrounded by my usual childhood comforts and it seemed like a nice sentiment....
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Rough Beginnings

Hopefully all will excuse me for my recent absence in writing, as my schedule has been of the fullest kind this last month. I write this only 30 days after my arrival to Israel, and as I tally what I’ve accomplished, my spirits seem to be lifting themselves. The first few weeks is Israel were not all...
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The Inner Monologue of a Soon-To-Be Expat

As I listlessly gaze upon the fancy restaurant menu trying to decide from the array of trendy delights like creamed kale or a beef carpaccio starter, I sit up to see my parents across the table, their faces slowly shaping into looks of worry-filled pride. Suddenly, my idea of a difficult decision went from chicken...
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A Tale of Two Passports

It’s been quite a journey, this 24th year. I quit a job, moved out of KC, joined a teaching fellowship in Israel, traveled to Greece and made my way back to the states in one piece. All of the experiences, the conversations and lessons learned culminated into a few interesting blog posts (in my opinion)...
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Ten Things in Ten Months

You all knew it was coming…the obligatory reflection post. An inevitable rambling of the thoughts and lessons learned over the past ten months of my life. I moved to Israel with only the knowledge that I would be in a classroom with kids, teaching English and living in Be’er Sheva, Israel’s third largest city situated...
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A Serendipitous Sojourn

“I love you, Danielle” wasn’t the first thing I expected to hear when I began my three-week Greek excursion this summer. But as the Mediterranean sun soaked into my already sun-kissed skin, every word coming out of the young, blue-eyed Greek sitting in front of me proved that expectations are useless in this world. I...
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Racial Reflections

After news of the Charleston shootings caught wind in Israel, countless emotions stirred within me as I read on about the racist attack on a black church killing 9 innocent lives. One of my initial reactions was a little selfish, I must admit. Since I’ve been considering spending more time in Israel, I’ve dealt with a...
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