I just realized how long it's been since I've posted. I've noticed that I have a tendency to write when I'm upset over something, which no doubt has led some people to believe that I'm a miserable and depressed person. That certainly doesn't feel like the case lately--I swear it must be the weather. The sun is coming out, Spring is on it's away, and everything has taken on a whole new color. I feel hopeful and happy, and am painfully aware that I only have four months left here.
I've finished two of my papers from last semester, and have only two more to go. Second semester has begun, and I am determined to throw myself into my work--Hebrew especially. I am only taking Hebrew, Arabic, and two classes this semester, Modern Christian Spirituality and Christian Mysticism, so I'm hoping to have more time to study my languages. I have to pass the Hebrew exemption exam at the end of this semester, and my prospects are pretty gloomy. We'll see.
As far as non-academic stuff goes, Bernd has come into town for a month, which of course makes me very happy. Last night the whole neighborhood was over at Luise's place, drinking Hungarian liquor and talking too loudly. It's been a long time since we've hung out like that; we were all a bit like hermits last semester. Spring must be affecting us all. Last Saturday I ditched my work to go to the beach with Luise and Famke and Rotem and Shimmy, and it was a perfect day. On the way back we stopped at Abu Gosh for Hummus--apparently the best Hummus in Israel--and I even managed to finish my paper that night. Things are settling back into normalcy.