So at this point, you’re probably wondering what kind of sorry existence I had in high school. And that would be a pretty fair question. I brought this up not to share with you the incredibly boring details of my past, but because my life in Israel has brought with it a whole new set of borders to explore, and (no offense Canada!) but these ones are a markedly more interesting. As MSIHers, we are in the ideal location to see the world around us, both within Israel and those countries surrounding it. Last week I was honing my procrastination skills and discovered that I could fly to Istanbul for the same price as a ticket from Buffalo to Newark! So I decided to take the weekend off and go to Istanbul.
I had never been to Istanbul before, so I had a lot of catching up to do. I had to make an appearance at all the standard tourist destinations – the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. I have to say it was pretty peaceful to spend a few hours gazing up into exquisitely decorated stone tiled domes of these masterpieces. I’m a student, and I can’t really afford tours and whatnot, so I’ve grown accustomed to sneaking around famous landmarks and subtly integrating myself into the other English-speaking tour groups that go by. The nice thing about this method is that you learn a lot of fun facts, and it’s free!
When I got tired, I sought refuge in those places I miss the most from home: Starbucks, and Subway of course. I ended up (much to the chagrin of airport security) bringing a few extra subway subs back to Be’er Sheva with me, just to savor the joy a little longer.