I was fortunate enough to have a glorious two-and-a-half weeks back in Israel this December! I spent the first week relaxing on my own in Jerusalem, seeing friends, eating at favorite restaurants, and re-exploring my favorite neighborhoods. It was wonderful. On my first evening there, I went to Caffit (one of my favorite Jerusalem restaurants) with a friend. I had a cappuchino, the famous Oreganato Sweet Potato salad, and my friend ordered a bulgur and mushroom dish:
The next morning, I went for a walk around the neighborhood and checked out Noah’s and my old street and apartment. It looks like they finally finished the construction that had been going on for most of last year!
I enjoyed a lazy Friday morning with an Israeli breakfast, sitting outside at my favorite Jerusalem cafe – Kadosh:
Other highlights from my week included running along the rekevet:
Israeli produce (!!!):
A good old-fashioned fry fest with some of my classmates from last year (reminiscent of last year’s Chanukah fry fest):
Many trips to Aroma:
And, of course, just generally walking around the Jerusalem streets and alleys:
Emek Refaim has some interesting new decoration in the form of these spandex decorations:
Slightly bizarre, but okayyy.
And a few final tidbits…
Star Wars dominates the holy land too:
And when I saw this baby playing (sans parents) in the hall of Hadar Mall, all I could think was, “so Israel.”
More about the rest of my trip coming soon!