This is break #570 of today, the 15th day of finals study period, and the night before our Cell & Molecular Biology exam. We'll have Immunology this coming Wednesday then most of us will dash through the desert sand to the airport to arrive home this weekend! My room is decked and our hall has homemade felt stockings I spent an evening making instead of studying. Christmas music has been floating through the air since the day of Thanksgiving and I've made every effort to convince myself ‘tis the season - But dreaming of Christmas is becoming hazardous for my mental health as I try to push through these last few days. :)
|Irene next to the store we passed in Jerusalem;|
please note those are Santa balloons (not shown:
life size Santa statues)
|Taking a break for sushi at Ishimoto|
for Lisa's birthday (Lisa, Tali and Jonathan)
Last Friday I visited Jerusalem with Irene (fellow 1st year) to peruse their Shukh and go
|Whiteboard balagan for finals|
studying. Biochemistry, Immunonolgy
and Cell Biology.
Every time I go to Jerusalem it is physically and spiritually breathtaking. Living in Israel for this Christmas season - with the tangible hope in the coming Messiah - has forever changed Advent and Christmas for me. It is more hopeful, full of genuine preparation for Jesus' birth, more joyful, and more real than it has ever been.
|Beer Sheva Blizzard - the recent three|
day sandstorm termed "the
worst in forty years" by many
cab drivers and shop owners
Here are a few pictures from recent study and travel adventures - time is perpetually either moving too fast or too slow (a thought-provoking concept from C.S. Lewis mentions that humanity’s need to hold onto time lends itself to Someone timeless – I couldn’t agree more because I’m often one of those people trying to speed up or slow down life!). These past 5 months have been an incredible & unexpected adventure – not only am I living in ISRAEL but I am a medical student (my lifelong dream) – now 5 months are over and I have NO idea how! - Claire Gahm, MSIH first-year student