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Debriefed ;)

Like I need an excuse to go to London. Like I need a reason to search the national rail website to find all the cheap train tickets, like I can persuade my Mother to come with me.

The answers – yes to all of the above.

I was invited for a debriefing session, so havign finally found reasonably priced tickets, and got Dad to agree to take us, we set off on our London adventure on the 10:15. Two hours later – well London is HOT. Like 30 degrees and the tube is just stinky and vile, but as I’ve no clue how to get to the Embassy from Euston on the bus, so it had to be the tube to High Street Kensington.

We had a little shop browsing time – Whole Foods and M&S, then I left Mum to browse or hunt for Waterstones, while I went to my meeting. Okay – the one and only mistake – I go to the consular entrance, and discover they are actually expecting me at the front door. So I trot round there, then despite the fact that the copper on the gate had checked my ID – the embassy security had to double check it!

Debriefing meeting – well we talked about the programme, the good points and the bad points, who I though was a good speaker, who was relevant and so on. I was in there an hour and didn’t realise. On the plus side – blog = hit, so I’m still writing. And when it comes to Limmud next year (David, are you reading????) they said to let them know as soon as we had a date and they would be able to get us someone to come on up.

After that – well Mum and I took a walk through the park, past Kensington Palace (No sign of Wills & Kate!) and past all the other embassies on our way to Notting Hill station to go see what exactly is so good about Westfield. And I have to admit the place is impressive. Big, a designer area – no proces on display which meant that breathing was all I could afford. Once through there it was normal high street shops, fun to browse in, but we were a pair of frustrated shoppers – I tried stuff on, but nothing was right.

Met kid brother for dinner – we went to an Italian that did some really amazing smoked salmon pasta, then, all too soon we had to head back to Euston and the train home.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The last day…

So it came at last, the end… It seemed so far away to start with, but then I actually got here, and things went so fast.

The day started with a trip to see disputed areas of Jerusalem – we saw from a lookout point the palestinian cities of Beit Jallah and Beit Lehem (Bethlehem), and could clearly see the security fence, which is not a wall for the whole length despite what people say. There are stretches that are just a fence, and some that are a wall – most of it is a fence. Then down to the checkpoint at Bethlehem, and then onto Sheikh Jarrah/Shimon HaTzaddik, an areadeemed to be Israel, but mostly arabs living there until recently when Jews started to move in. There was no sign of guards about, and to my eyes at least it looked a normal, if a little run down area of the city.

We also went to the Tayelet (Promenade) in Talpiot which gave a panoramic view of the city, and to the Kottel (Western Wall) where I think most of us took the chance to go and leave a note there, it is a holy place and there were clearly people of other faiths praying there and leaving notes, as well as many Bar Mitzvah celebrations taking place.

Lunch was back at the MFA, then we had a closing session, where certificates were presented, and photos taken. We ended with singing the Hatikvah, then it really was time to say goodbye.

Since then, well I went back to the hotel and dropped my stuff off, then walked to Ben Yehuda street to do some last minute shopping. Now, i have a sherut ordered for 3am, so time to repack my bags, then shower and crash out for a bit. See you again at home.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Last day at work – for now

Today was my last day in the office. I now have Thursday and Friday to pack before setting off to Israel. Hopefully I might just get a chance to watch more than 5 minutes of Wimbledon than I’ve manged so far!

Shopping – well after a lot of hassle involving taking something back to Tesco that didn’t work, I managed to get some factor 30 sun tan lotion to go with the factor 50, factor 25 and large bottle of after sun lotion. DON”T LAUGH, i’d rival a tomato for redness if I didn’t use the high factors. Hat -well I managed to get some baseball caps when there was a Reebok sale at the office a while back.

Still need a few things – more of the ‘if I don’t have I’ll need’ variety, so there will be a dash to Boots in the near future. Plus I made a promise to bring some Galaxy chocolate out for a friend. I promise not to eat it on the way!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Ready to go

 

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