A recent request from my grandmother has prompted me to at last sit down and write an update. I really don't have much excuse for not having written in so long; the truth is, I haven't had a whole lot to say. Not that I haven't been doing anything. Here's a quick review of the past month:
We celebrated Luise's birthday by piling into cars and heading out of the city to some big national park--I forget the name--and having a BBQ on the side of a cliff. Later that week, Shadi invited us to his home in East Jerusalem, where his family cooked up for us an Arab feast and we watched Shadi in a Palestinian movie. Tom flew into town and we celebrated yet another birthday on the balcony with wine and sachertorte. The next week was, of course, my birthday, and my friends took me out to eat a few days before, as the actual day fell during vacation and no one was here. Well, not no one--Dave was here, and we spent the day together, and he made me feel loved and special and not too old. Last week was vacation, and Dave and I spent most of it together--at the Israel Museum (free entrance!), the cinematheque, a concert at the dead sea, cooking kosher-for-passover meals (um...salad, basically), etc. Last Saturday was the seder and we spent it with a British family in Baka, which was wonderful. Nobody asked me to read in Hebrew, to my delight, and they actually went through the entire Hagaddah, which took about four hours or so. I didn't drink four glasses of wine, but I should have. Maybe then I would have joined in some of the singing.
Anyway, I've finally posted some pictures of Egypt for your enjoyment. There shall be more presently. I'll try to be better with keeping up!