Saturday, January 22, 2005

Sun in New Zealand

The weather is gorgeous today. At least for the time being. One thing that I am getting used to his how quickly the weather can change here. One minute sunny as hell and then next clouds of doom and then a few minutes later back to sun.

I am still in Auckland relaxing at a family friend's house. Tomorrow, B''H, I leave for a trip with a friend I made here. I will be off to Rotorua, then Taupo, and finally Tongariro. Don't know how long it will take me since I am really just going with what feels good.

This trip has been very relaxing. It is exactly what I needed after such an intense 4.5 years at Berkeley.

Friday, January 21, 2005


Yes, it has been a while. But I have been busy having fun :)

Traveled thru the northland and toured Auckland. The city isn't so exciting but the northland is spectacular! Beauty beyond belief and just wonderful. I was there for a week chilling, hiking, going on boat rides around the Bay of Islands. The only thing I didn't do that I wanted was go Scuba diving. Some other time.

Anyway, I will write more soon.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

New Zealand

Got here safely. In Auckland now. Headed north tomorrow to Whangarei. No time right now. Will post more soon :)

Hope all are doing well! Miss ya!

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Adios California

Well, tomorrow is the big day. I am leaving Cali for 2 months. I think I have everything I need (and they tell me you can buy pretty much everything there too). My new MP3 player has all the music I own on it. Turns out most of the music I own is infact Israeli music. Who would've thought?

I really hope I am not forgetting anything essential. I definitely don't want to overpack either. My backpack is stuffed and thankfully not too heavy. The heaviest things are probably my books (2 on NZ and 2 just to read). EEK I am excited :)

Here goes nothing!

I'll post again from the other side :)

PS. My Aliyah has been APPROVED! I am free to move to Israel.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Last week before the adventure begins!

My last week in Cali before I am off to New Zealand. The weather there has to get better because it has been rainy both here and there for a while now. At least the days are much longer there. I can't wait! I will do what I can to blog from there but I can't make any promises.

Anyway, I am off to hang out with a friend I wont see for a while! Gonna miss him a lot a lot.

Friday, December 31, 2004

Moved out of Berkeley

Today I finished moving all my shit out of my apartment and cleaning it up. It took 2.5 hours of scrubbing, vacuuming and mopping to clean up the mess. All the stuff that was left in the apt is still sitting in my car. I had no energy when I got home to take it out and figure out where to put it. Too much crap. Most of it will get sold, donated, or thrown away. I don't need any of that stuff anymore.

On another note, I have a special place in my heart for that apartment. It was my little home away from home. My own little corner of the world. Sure, it was just a studio, but it was my little studio. It was really cozy.

I am hoping the next home I live in will at least be a one bedroom. I think it is time for that :). For now, my home is back at my folks. Which is fine for the time being.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Tsunami Aftermath

If I am not mistaken, Tsunami is Japanese for tidal wave. (Believe it or not, I took 3 years of Japanese in high school. Didn't do anything for me cuz I really don't remember squat.) I tried avoid watching the news and hearing about what was going on but finally last night, I forced myself to watch the news. I couldn't believe it. I was horrified. All I could think was how scary it must have been for those poor folks who were just enjoying the day out on the beach and suddenly were swept away. And just like that, their lives were devastated or sometimes even worse, their lives were over. And for the millions of people who lost everything. Those who lost loved ones. I can't imagine the amount of pain that is gripping that region of the world.

I keep remembering back to one summer when I worked for a man who was from Sri Lanka. We had long conversations of how beautiful the country was and how I need to go visit it. I looked up some beautiful pictures of the tiny island nation. Now, the beaches have been pretty much completely destroyed and I keep praying that the man's family is doing ok.

There are no words to describe the horror. All other news seems so miniscule and unimportant next to it. We have enough problems dealing with natural disasters and yet we add on top of that all the unnecessary bullshit of politics and killing eachother.

Everytime nature shows her mighty strength, I am humbled and reminded as to how weak and fragile we are.

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