Day h’yom ha shlee sheee or something like that of my time in Israel. I learned that saying your 3rd day here was similar to the days of the week.
I spent my morning at the Israel Discount Bank which disappointingly offers no actual discounts. My trusty, hot Israeli man came with me in order to translate and pave the wave for my overly enthusiastic and friendly American demeanor. During our meeting with the banker I randomly sounded out words on signs and cheered when I understood such words as shem (name). I’m sure it was annoying to those around me but I didn’t care and they appeared amused. In a few days I will have my first bank card outside of the USA…this is great as I have 200 shekels left to my name along with a few rubles from the Moscow airport. #progress.
Etmol (yesterday) I had my first Ulpan lesson at Ulpan Bayit. It is truly an amazing place….warm, encouraging and patient with a make yourself at home type ambience. My class is small and comprised of another American from California and others from Holland, Germany & France. It felt very beseder (good) to have a group of people to stumble over basic Hebrew vocabulary with. I literally spent two minutes translating a sentence that said “They are from Israel”. I will never a mock a foreigner trying to learn English again. As I had already missed two classes, they gave me a private catch up lesson pre class. This proved incredibly helpful as they teach us to write in script and I only know print letters. Ugh. Learning Hebrew is going to be tough and I’m sure I will just sound like Borat at the end of the month.
Post class I decided to attempt walking home. Unfortunately I did not write down where home was and relying on public wifi during a semi hurricane just resulted in a very soaked me hailing a cab. Tip: ask for the driver to turn on the meter vs. flat rate.
Here are some pics from my day thus far;