Step-by-Step: Making Aliyah to Israel

Documenting the very personal process of making Aliyah (immigration to Israel) by one very atypical Israeli-American girl. Aliyah on 17, August, 2005. Roadmap: What do you mean there's no roadmap?! Hang on, we're in for a bumpy ride! Ole!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Reasons to like Beer Sheva:

The new bridge to the university from the train station in Beer Sheva. There are speakers mounted all along it and sometimes the guards (or someone) pipes hip music through them so you have an enjoyable meandering experience as you walk along.
In the spring (and until last week) everywhere you look you see trees showing off these beautiful light purple flowers. They smell really good too!

And lo! There is water in the desert. Man-made of course :)

Actually one of the things that I really like about my trip to Beer Sheva when taking the bus is a view that I don't have a picture of. You are driving along and on one side of the road is an established errrr grouping of trees. On the other is desert with a sign saying "the Ambassador's forest" and if you squint very hard you can see some tiny trees that have planted --in another 15 years it will really be a forest. And then suddenly, seeming to sprout of out nowhere, the skyline of the city comes into view but not distant and tiny. No, right there in front of you as if some magic has occurred to conjure a full-fledged city right before your eyes. It is a neat experience every time and I've never gotten tired of seeing that city jump into being before my eyes. Actually entering the city feels kind of magical as well, as you go suddenly from desert brown and muted, dusty greens of scrubby trees to lush grass and palm trees.

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