Today was my first day out and about, and what a great day it was! After a long trip and finally getting through customs (which is a whole other story in itself), I made it to my destination in Jaffa late last night.
This morning I took a walk down to Old Jaffa to take in all the sights and history. It was already heating up and I was dripping after one hour. Then I was off to visit with some new friends, who live just outside Tel Aviv in Kfar Saba. It was a two-bus trip, and memories of Rio came flooding back. I remembered the first time I rode a bus with Paula (my old roommate) and we totally go lost. I was hoping this wouldn’t be a re-peat excursion, not knowing any Hebrew and never being on a bus here, but it ended out fine (thank God for numbers). A hour and a half later, I arrived.
I was able to spend the rest of the afternoon with Sarah and Varya, my two wonderful new friends. We talked about Israel, went out for lunch, and just enjoyed the fellowship. Because Shabbat begins at sun-down, I had to leave early to make sure I could get a bus home. All the public transportation and stores close from Friday evening to Saturday evening for the holy day.
Lastly, I attended my first Messianic service tonight. I could share lots, but I’ll just say…..Awesome!
I’m tired and hungry, so I’ll end here….lots of excitement for my first day, but there’s more to come. Stay tuned….