What a great town

Last night, I got to see my cousin Donna (above) and her family. Her son Chris is also a Foreign Service Officer, and I had run into him earlier in the week at FSI. Donna looks wonderful, and Chris’s one-year old baby is adorable. We had dinner together at a nearby restaurant along with Chris’s wife and Donna’s husband; Donna and I talked non-stop the whole time!

The amount of things to do in this town is pretty overwhelming, and with the amount of studying we have to do, it’s hard to get to many events. But on Friday, we went to a panel discussion about the prospects of peace in the Middle East, featuring Aaron David Miller. (John’s book club just read a book by him.) Another expert in the region, who we have heard in our area studies class, Daniel Levy, also spoke.

We topped off the evening with a wonderful steak at Smith and Wollensky’s.

Thursday afternoon, we went to a happy hour to see our A-100 classmate Joe, who was on his way back from Tel Aviv. He had only great things to say about the city – can’t wait to get there!

The rest of the week was pretty low-key; just studying and the normal errands. We watched a movie in Hebrew (with subtitles, of course) called “Saint Clara,” and I bought some pretty Hebrew music to listen to in the car.

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