Hanging out

Neve Tzedek Neighborhood


The week began with my last photography class Monday after work. I really have enjoyed it! It’s nice to finally understand at least some of the settings on my camera.


Tuesday night I had my weekly Urdu lesson. It’s always so humbling to begin a new language. My main goal with Urdu is just to learn some basic phrases, so there’s not a lot of pressure, thank goodness!

Wednesday our sweet neighbors Katie and Charlie invited me, Diane and Bill down for dinner – Charlie made a yummy roast and Katie made a homemade apple tart. It was a really nice evening.

Thursday night was book club – the first one since John left. It was up the street at another couple’s apartment. We had some new folks, and had a good time.

Friday, a new officer arrived at Post – he’ll be working with us in ACS. Juan and I took him to Whitehall for lunch. He seems really nice; he’s also second tour, so he’s comfortable with the work already. We also have an ELO rotating through ACS this month, so I’ve been training him this week.

I took this photo of the building across the street from us. Tel Aviv was probably a beautiful city in its hey-day, but many of the buildings – like this one – have fallen into disrepair.

Across the street










In 2004, Tel Aviv was named a World Heritage Site, and I’ve read that the city is subsidizing renovations of many of its beautiful Bauhaus buildings. Then, on the other end of the spectrum, we have modern new high-rise buildings, like this round hotel we see from our apartment in the other direction.

Skyline view, stormy day










I watched a couple of movies this week, “Happy Tears” and “Bobby” (as in Kennedy). Both movies had some great actresses. “Happy Tears” had Parker Posey (one of my favorites), Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin (love her, too). “Bobby” had (again) Demi Moore, Helen Hunt and Sharon Stone. Except for Parker Posey’s role, none of the roles were typical for these actresses, and it was great to see them do such good work.



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