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craving europe, part two

17 Jun

believe it or not, i have even MORE photos of europe that i want to share with you guys! once again, i stole all these photos from blogs, but i lost all the urls.

I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!

xo charlotte

golan heights

21 May

because i have so many stories/memories/amazing places to talk about from my trip to israel, i decided to divide my trip into multiple posts of the different areas we visited.  with obama’s recent policy speech recommending that israel return to the pre-1967 borders, my time in the golan heights seems very appropriate (because in the map which is seen in the articles, the golan would no longer be in the border).  before my trip i knew some information about israel, but my view of the country was far from accurate.  i viewed israel as all desert and when i got to the golan heights i was immediately proven wrong.  this area is beautiful and full of greenery and the people that live there are amazing.  our tour guide lived in the golan heights in a moshav and i really hope that the israelis don’t lose this beautiful place.

while we were there we went on an amazing hike, went rafting in the jordan river, and visited an olive press.  this olive press had the BEST olive oil i have ever tasted and they even sell to zabar’s in nyc and to whole foods in california!  this company grows its own olives and creates the oil themselves.  you can look at all of the amazing products here.  besides making all different varieties of oil, they make incredible skincare products that you should all check out!  here are pictures of the inside of the olive oil press:

we ended our visit to this area with a gorgeous viewpoint at mt. meiron

this area was amazing and i will never forget my experiences there, i already miss it.  look out for my next post on jerusalem!

xx m

home

20 May

hey everyone!  i just got back from israel last night and as happy as i am to get to finally spend time at home, it is bittersweet.  i have tons to do today because my cousin’s wedding is next weekend, so i’ll give all the details of my trip later but for now here is a song that sums up the birthright experience (i know char will love it since she loves any jewish/hebrew song).  i had such an amazing time and met really amazing people–miss you 415!

xx m

summer fun, summer’s begun

9 May

while i am INSANELY excited about this summer and the adventures that it holds for me and for all of my friends (more on this later) it is incredibly bittersweet.  i’ve only been away from school for less than 48 hours and somehow i already miss my crazy friends.  going from spending every second together (and every second that we weren’t together, bbming each other) to living our separate lives at home is definitely going to be an adjustment.  even though the majority of our friends live close, it’s so sad to think that we won’t all be together again until senior year.  that is the thing that we’ve all been trying not to say but it’s also why leaving for summer was so much harder.  charlotte, mary, and i will all be abroad in the fall and we’ll be missing our 8d friends and the shepardson food club more than words.  i love my friends so much and it’s going to be so sad to be apart for so long BUT we had an amazing year and next year will be even more amazing!

in addition to looking forward to next year, we also have SO much to look forward to this summer!! mary will be leaving for australia (which is causing me separation anxiety already, and this isn’t even happening for 2 months!) and char and i will be spending our summers as working girls in the city (charlotte has already mapquested and our buildings are approximately a 3 minute walk apart), and our friends are planning meet ups constantly to hold us over until we’re all living together again.  before we start those adventures though, i will be leaving for my own adventure tonight!

tonight i’m going to israel and i’ll be there for 10 days! i could not be more excited about this trip.  i’ve wanted to go to israel for as long as i can remember and that wish is finally coming true :) of course when i get back i’ll have a lot more to say about this, but so far what i’m looking forward to most is climbing masada, floating in the dead sea, and riding a camel (although this won’t be my first time doing this)!! it will be such a cool experience to make new friends and explore israel! so until then, i hope everyone has an amazing 10 days and i’ll report on my adventures when i get back!!

xx m

unfair

22 Apr

this is the weather where i am:

this is the weather where my family is. they did not invite me:

love my life.

xo charlotte

paradise

28 Mar

wish i was there…

hoping for warm weather!

xx m

we’re baaaaaaaack!

20 Mar

(said in a fran drescher voice). hi guys! m and i are back from our glorious vacation in the caribbean. we laid out (tried our hardest to get a little color before we go back to the arctic), took naps on swinging daybeds on the beach, drank some tropical dranks, read great books, watched some crime shows, and just had a totally relaxing and fun time!

the flight there was not uneventful, however. on the plane, i sat in a middle seat between m and a twenty-something year old dominican woman with her one-year-old daughter. i made the mistake of saying hello to the woman in spanish, so she thought we were bffs. naturally, then, it made sense for me to hold her daughter for approximately half the flight. she kept throwing her daughter on my lap so she could go to the bathroom, get a drink, get something from the overhead compartment, flip through the channels on the tv, etc. totally normal, right?

this wouldn’t have been such a big problem if the daughter had not screamed bloody murder every time the mother threw her in my arms. the mom would just laugh at how “cute” it was. uhh, not so much. in between bouts of hysteria, the daughter shredded my magazine to bits with her bare hands and stuck her fingers inside my iced coffee. #funtimez

things like this happen to me all the time, surprisingly. i think it’s because i have the “tour guide” look. not quite sure how to fix that, though. anyway, it was all worth it because we had a great break! stay tuned for posts urryday now because we’re back in action!

xo charlotte