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Obsession: Camels

Last week I had a mini-vacation to celebrate my birthday in Egypt.  It was the most amazing time, and once again I found myself on a camel…….

…….Since the first time I took a seat upon a camel, I fell in love, and since that day I have been riding them every chance I get. I joke about becoming a beduin, living in the desert, dwelling from place to place and riding a camel; but the truth is this:

If I could I would!

The problem lies in the absence of internet, electricity, and phone service.  I’m not quite ready to give up my connection to the rest of the world. Soooooo, until then, I will just continue to take advantage of every opportunity I have to ride my camels.

Mediterranean Monday: גשם Geshem (Rain)


It’s what we have had for the past 4 days here in Tel Aviv, and needed desperately. When I first moved to Israel, all I heard was, “Ohhhhh, how we need rain!”  I wasn’t too fond of the idea, being an anti-rain person.  All I thought of were all the inconveniences it would cause me…getting wet while walking, having to lug an umbrella with me everywhere I go, the cold and the wind that accompanies it, etc. Needless to say, I wasn’t on-board with all the constant rain talk.

So, why does everyone want all this rain so bad??? (you might ask yourself)  Well, Israel is mainly a desert country…about 60%.  That’s a lot of dryness!  There is not much water flowing around here, to say the least.  This means that when summer comes along, and its super hot all the time, water is extremely scarce.  If we don’t store up water in the winter, then we are in trouble during summer.  This winter there has hardly been any rain, hence the many prayers for rain.

Last week when the forecast was showing rain all weekend people were getting excited, and I even found myself saying to someone, “We really need the rain!” After I said it I couldn’t believe the words had come out of my mouth!  I was actually part of the Israeli crowd of wanting rain!  (Even though I complained about having to walk in it all weekend)  I guess if it means I can have water for showers in the summer, I’ll take the rain in the winter!  I’m learning to compromise 🙂

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