You know it’s a Middle Eastern snowstorm when…

About a month ago, there were 3 “snow” days in Jerusalem. School was cancelled, many shops closed, but there was essentially no snow. It was a little disappointing from the play-in-the-snow perspective, but nice from the I-have-a-free-day perspective. This week, when I heard there was going to be snow (after a couple of weeks with weather in the 60s and 70s!), I was quite skeptical that there would much out of the ordinary.

BUT, this morning when I woke up…

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SNOW OUTSIDE MY WINDOW!

Much surprise. 🙂

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After a quick breakfast of eggs in a hole…

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It was time to explore!!!

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On our adventures, I learned the following:

You know it’s a Middle Eastern snow storm when…

The roads are completely deserted of cars when confronted with the fluffy white stuff:

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People try to go sledding with their surf boards:

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Plastic bags are considered a reasonable alternative for snow boots:

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Plastic bags are a reasonable alternative for a snow brush:

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Construction vehicles are used as plows:

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People shake the snow from trees on top of them because…hey, it’s a novelty!

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The roads have no drainage and become lakes after the mid-day melt:

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Even bell-hops at fancy hotels can’t resist playing with the snow:

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And you know you’re in a Jerusalem Middle Eastern snow storm when the haredim bust out the plastic bag hat covers…

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And the only place to open in the morning is the neighborhood bakery because – OF COURSE – people need their challah and Shabbat waits for no snow storm. ❤

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All and all, a fun and enlightening day. The city of gold, covered in white:

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Spring?

Yesterday, I found this little fellow behind my apartment:

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He stayed perfectly still while I took these pictures – I think he was scared and thought I was predator and figured that if he didn’t move at all then I wouldn’t notice he was there. No such luck, buddy. Still, I felt bad when I did eventually walk inside since he startled so badly.

Today, our bunny friend has been buried in a tomb of snow!!!

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I hope bunny made it out okay, but really, Minnesota, this is just cruel. Everyone thought it was almost spring. Then this happened:

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And this:

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When will it end?!?! I hope that the weather is clear for my half marathon next weekend, since I definitely don’t feel like running 13.1 miles in the snow.

Mount Hunger

While in Vermont, Noah and I decided it would be fun to go for a hike. Luckily, Noah’s family had this nifty book in their library:

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How appropriate. We found a hike up Mt. Hunger that looked appealing. It was a 4 mile hike (2 miles up, 2 miles down), that brought us up a 2,200 elevation climb to a great lookout peak.

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Doesn’t that look nice? Turns out that Mt. Death Hunger was a little more than we originally bargained for.

For the record, the trip up the mountain was quite nice. We both had nice boots to wear…

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…and came with positive attitudes…

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The trail was a lot snowier than we thought though, and there were some locations were I felt pretty unsteady and worried about slipping:

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When we finally reached the peak, we had definitely gotten a good workout in. I was sweating a lot! The skies were incredibly clear and it seemed as though we could see across the whole state!

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The views were amazing and we were all smiles:

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My smile, however, quickly faded as we began our descent. It was so steep and icy, I couldn’t get traction and I kept slipping. I felt very nervous, but luckily Noah was there to help prevent me from having a panic attack navigate down the mountain. We ended up walking near the trail in deeper snow for almost the whole way down since we had more stability there than on the actual path. In hindsight, this hike would have been better to do when the snow wasn’t on the trail (or at least when the snow wasn’t so slick), but I still enjoyed the hike up the mountain, the views from the top, and the new memories of time in Vermont!

In total, the 4-mile hike took us about 4 hours, giving you an idea of how challenging the trail was!

 

Cross-Country Skiing in Vermont

Although it’s late March and the end of the skiing season, I was hoping to get in at least one cross-country skiing trip while in Vermont. Lucky for me, on my second day here we were able to go to Craftsbury for some skiing. The Craftsbury Nordic Center was very affordable – only $10 for a day pass and $15 for rentals! The snow wasn’t perfect (due to it being a warm day and so late in the season), but it didn’t slow us down too much and we had a great time skiing for about 2 hours.

Outside of being affordable and fun, the facility itself was great to use. There were maps and trail signs everywhere to clearly tell us where we were going:

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The views were spectacular:

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And the trails themselves were nice winding paths through the trees:

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What’s not to love about a great day skiing?

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Skiing always requires a great lunch to follow. I made a tuna salad to have with toast, spinach, carrots, and hummus. For the tuna salad, I used one small can of tuna packed in water, a few almonds, and a scoop of plain greek yogurt:

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All mixed up and on my sandwich:

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Noah stuck with the basics, pb & j with pretzels:

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Gotta love the classics! 🙂

Snow + Warm Bananas

The weather here in Minneapolis took a dramatic turn towards ‘winter wonderland’ today. This was the view at 2:00pm after only about 20 minutes of snow:

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…and one hour later it looked like this:

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There is so much snow now! Maybe this will facilitate some cross-country skiing next weekend. 🙂

Obviously, a cold snowy day calls for something warm and delicious. Given how much I adore bananas, they were the ingredient of choice. I mixed two sliced bananas with 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil:

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Arranged on a greased baking tray:

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Cooked in the oven at 375° for 30 minutes.

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mmmm, look at that caramelization! I will be including this in my breakfast tomorrow for sure.