Archive for January, 2008

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Severe Jet Lag

January 8, 2008

MOVED!

Aannnddd I’m back.

Israel was insane, to say the least. I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere before that had so much build up in my life. While I was floating in the Dead Sea, I had a vivid flashback to my third grade religious school class where we learned about Israel, and I saw pictures of people in the Dead Sea and wondered if I would ever get to go there. Trippy. I will attempt to write a proper description of the trip, if that is even possible. The entire thing is a tired blur of bus rides, lack of sleep, ridiculous amounts of hummus, Israeli soldiers, and 30 minute lectures on King Herold the Great. The high points included visits to the Dead Sea, the Western Wall, Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum), some fabulous new friends, and a late night run-in at Ben Gurion Airport with a weirdly sour girl we saw get Bat Mitzvah-ed on the previous shabbat. Overall, it was an extremely positive experience, but my friends and I did come up with a list of problems including some empty promises about lunch and eight too many hotel dinners. I also lost about five pounds due to the hundreds of stairs we encountered, many in the one day that included climbing Masada and a “small hike” around the Ein Gedi oasis. There was also an amusing undercurrent of “You Love Israel” subliminal messaging that became painfully obvious at the Mega (mega mega) Event, where every Birthright participant was in attendance. (I actually ran into Meredith and Felber from camp there, which was random and fun…), but they must know what they are doing, because by the end, I think everyone on the trip felt a lot closer to and a lot stronger about Israel overall. Mission accomplished. I have to recommend the trip to anyone who is eligible to go (18-26 year old Jews, namely…), because really, how can you turn down a free trip anywhere? Plus, to stand in a room full of 5,000 screaming Jews is pretty sweet.

After traveling for 24 hours yesterday (and technically the day before), I crashed around 8 after consuming my weight in un-kosher pepperoni pizza. Today was a day of eating and packing two giant suitcases before I leave for California TOMORROW! Ack! I can’t believe I am leaving tomorrow. I’m heading out on a positive note too: I checked my e-mail yesterday and was sad to find that I hadn’t heard back from any of the companies I’d applied to. Today, I called one of the production companies, since I had their number, and found out they hadn’t recieved my resume. I re-sent it in to the internship coordinator, who I’d spoken to, and five minutes later he e-mailed me back to set up an interview time. About 10 minutes after that, one of the casting offices I’d emailed called me to schedule an interview too! Now I have three interviews, and one internship already set-up. I’m feeling pretty good knowing I can relax and attempt to fix my sleeping schedule over the next few days at my uncle’s house, rather than freaking out about finding an internship.

I like how I thought this would be a short post, since I’m sitting on the floor using my dad’s ancient laptop, but I guess I just had too much to say. Next time I post I’ll be in the sunshine state!