Saturday, June 19, 2010

Half Way There!

Yesterday was the official half way mark on my time here in Jerusalem.
I seriously cannot believe it!
In some ways it feels like I just got here,
but at the same time the day I got on that airplane feels like a lifetime ago.
I have experienced so many amazing things, met some amazing people,
and made friends that I feel like I have known forever.
Everyone told me that coming to Jerusalem would change my life forever.
They were right.
I cannot believe how much I have learned and how much I have grown already.
I know this is where I am supposed to be right now and I love it.
However... .seeing as I have been away for just about
two months now, there are definitely some
things I really miss from back at home.
For example:

The treadmill!
The center's gym only has stationary bikes
and let me tell you it gets really old sitting there pedaling every day.
This girl needs to run!

I don't know why, but Israel does not have any berries :(
Anytime we have cereal or yogurt
I want nothing more than to slice up a bunch of strawberries to go with it

My bed
Anyone who knows me well can tell you that I am a down-comforter girl all the way.
My bedspread at the center consists of a paper-thin piece of denim-ish fabric.
That is just sad...

I think this craving is pretty much unanimous here in the Center
At least once every single day someone comments how much they are craving Cafe Rio.
And I'm not gonna lie, I would pay a whole lot of money for a sweet pork salad these days.

My girls
These girls have been with me through it all and really are like my sisters.
They are all amazing women and I hate missing out on all the fun and exciting things going on in their lives right now.
Life just isn't the same without our spur of the moment dance parties,
inside jokes, frozen yogurt runs, and conversations about anything and everything.

My family
(sorry i did not have a pic of the whole fam Rob!)
I have always been super close with my family and
love spending time with them-even when I moved out I went home at least once a week.
So not seeing them for such a long time is definitely new for me.
I miss sitting around the dinner table talking with everyone on Sunday nights
and spending hours playing confusion or Ticket to Ride afterwards.
Being away has made me realize just how much I love all of them
and how lucky I am to have such an incredible family.
They are my greatest examples and best friends.

More than anything else though...
I miss this guy. A lot.


  1. Awwwww.....

    We love and miss you too Lauren! We think of, and talk about you every day but are grateful you are having this wonderful experience! Dad and I can hardly wait to beat you and Paul at a rousing game of Confusion! If I could fit it in our suitcases we'd all be playing in Paris!

  2. i cant believe its only been half way! crazy! ha but im so glad youre having a good time and learning a lot:) love you tons sis

  3. Lauren!!!

    Sorry I know I just left a comment but I had to comment once again and say that we miss you too! and I had to tell you that the whole time I was in London everyone craved Cafe Rio salads! haha that's the first thing I ate when I came home and it was oh so good and oh so fresh! The Brits know nothing about salads and they especially know nothing about mexican food. So that is what everyone craved! We'll have to go when you get back ok! WEeeee! Love you!!