Monthly Archives: September 2003

History and Hope – Jerusalem, Israel

Sitting on the bus to the Tel Aviv central bus station while I watched the lively streets being to pick up momentum gearing up for a busy Thursday. Tomorrow is Jewish New Years Eve. I arrived at the station and after a cheerful talk with the security guard that checked my pack I made my way to my platform. I tried not to ingest the secondhand smoke that was hanging about as I just people watched to pass the hour before I had to board.
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Just breathe, man – Haifa, Israel

Ok I really can`t write much at the moment. This mosquito is going to get it bad when I can catch him…grrrr….anyway, I just wanted to check in quick. Everyone is insanely worried about me being in Israel but relax, calm down, no worries, chill. It`s ok. Things are fine and I am not being kidnapped, bombed, tortured or threatened in any way. It`s very normal here save for all the uniform wearing, rifle toting, sunglasses wearing (and not bad looking, I might add) soldiers everywhere. You wouldn’t even know you were in a “politically sensitive” country. read more

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Cats and guns – Tel Aviv, Israel

It is a little strange always getting checked everywhere by security guards with detector wands (even at the Blockbuster and coffee shop) but other than that things seem pretty safe. I am getting used to opening my bag everywhere and having them nose around for anything suspicious.

There are young soldiers everywhere carting around huge guns (which are apparently not loaded) but things are relaxed for the most part. It is mandatory for everyone to serve in the military in Israel when they turn 18, girls and boys, for at least two years. Usually, when I have met Israelis travelling abroad, they have just finished their service and will travel for some time before beginning a job or studying. read more

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Suck and Blow – Tel Aviv, Israel

My last few days in London were spent relaxing in Chelsea at Adams` house, reminiscing about the first taste of the fine white powder as you fly down the slope. I am not a hard core skier but poor Adam misses this the most about Canada. I headed to Andover to see Sonya and Andy one last time before heading back to good ol` Heathrow.
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Into Israel – Tel Aviv, Israel

Just a quick note that I landed safe and soundly in Tel Aviv. I was just in time for the beautiful bright sun heavily ascending over the horizon splashing rays of intense peach hues through the spots of morning cloud. I am exhausted from the night flight so I will write more when my head is less fuzzy.

Oh by the way, as I was running for my flight last night I past by a duty free electronics store just as they were shutting and thought, what the heck, why not just “look”. Well, needless to say, they had a digital camera sale happening. I ended up making the split decision to buy yet another (this is number 3 now), vowing this time to be more careful. I noticed that there was one camera that was waterproof but I just opted for the guarantee instead. So more pics to come…yay!

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Canadiana (not Canadia) – London, United Kingdom

So I met up with Sonya and Andy then with Mark, Sam, Jason and Susan and we all made our way down to the Thames River for some mayors` festival. We ended up getting just a little confused and lost but somehow finally got there where there were heaps of little booths selling everything from food to jewellery to used books to clothing to well, you name it. read more

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Tube Trouble – London, United Kingdom

Friday was full on as I met up with Elliot from Oz (who I annoyed all night with my ET jokes) and then met up for dinner with my Ilford housemates. We ate noodles (freshly squeezed juice; apple orange and carrot layers for the undecided type like me) and took family photos before I headed down to Fulham Broadway to meet up with Ted. He and his mates were well into the sauce by the time I had arrived and had accumulated several “souvenirs” commemorating Mr. Jack Daniels` birthday. read more

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London Living – London, United Kingdom

It has been a hurry hurry stop kind of few weeks. There was a cold bug making its way around finally making its way into my head which floored me for a few days. I didn’t mind too much altho I was pretty isolated and the only thing I could do really was sleep and read.

I jumped the gun a bit and tried to go down to busy shopping mecca Oxford Street to do a bit of perusing but after only an hour I began to fade and fast! I started feeling like my head was going to float away from my clammy body and things looked and sounded fuzzy. I then realized I hadn’t eaten. Aha! That must be it! read more

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Total Mayhem – London, United Kingdom

Julie, Brian, and I headed out on the tube down to Brixton to check out The Fridge, one of London`s best clubs. I didn`t make it here last year so I made sure that I took a trip down to the end of the Victoria line. This Friday night we would check out Total Mayhem, an event similar to Gatecrasher (see entry 27).

It was only 11:15 and the place was just beginning to fill so I got a really good idea of the set up. Everything pretty much fans out from the stage with little passageways heading into secret rooms (some are called chill out rooms because they either have quieter slower music or none at all…good to catch your breath) all over the place. By the end of the night I still hadn’t found all of them despite my diligent exploring. read more

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Settling in – London, United Kingdom

So I thought there were no stars in London. I stand corrected. Almost every night this week I could look up high in the sky spotting Mars and several of the brightest stars. Granted not the multitude you can see from the countryside but the lovely people and experiences I have been having have compensated showing me stars closer to the ground. read more

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