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Week 1 of My Study Abroad Trip In Haifa, Israel

Hello everyone! I have just completed the first week of my time abroad here in Haifa, Israel. Life in Haifa is very different than what I am accustomed to in the U.S.A, but I am starting to get acclimated to it. I started my first week of school and I love my classes so far. I am taking 3 classes and an internship which is equivalent to 15 credits. My classes include Arabic, The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Terrorism and Responses and my internship at a shelter. I have already learned a lot from these classes, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester has in store for me. After our first week of classes the international school took all of the international students on a tour of Haifa and we were able to see several different parts of the city. My favorite part of the tour was the Bahá’í Gardens. They were breathtaking. After the tour was over, I went with a group of friends I made from the International School and we took the train to Tel Aviv. We spent the night in the city at an Airbnb we rented together. Tel Aviv was amazing and had some of the best views of the Mediterranean Sea. We spent all of Saturday on the beach and I got the best tan. The water in the Mediterranean Sea was also the warmest I have ever been in. Today I would like to write about my experience with “culture shock” since my arrival. According to the Oxford Dictionary culture shock is the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes. When I first got to Haifa, I was a mix of emotions. I was excited, anxious, and nervous for what was to come. I was worried about making friends and connecting with the people who live here. The biggest piece of advice that I would give to anyone intending to study abroad is to give everything time because it will all fall into place eventually. One of the major cultural differences that shocked me is that people here will not smile at you or say hello when you walk by them, but if you ask them a question or try to make conversation they will be more than happy to speak with you. One thing that I love about the people who live in Israel is that they are extremely direct and to the point. They will not lie to you and they will tell you exactly how they feel about anything. People in America can tend to be less direct about the way they feel towards a situation in order to avoid contention. People in Israel love to talk about politics, religion and other topics which are usually avoided in America. They love to hear outside perspective and opinions on issues going on within their country and around the world. Thanks for reading my blog this week. I can’t wait to share with all of you my experience for the upcoming week!

Bahá’í Gardens
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
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  1. Thank for sharing your story with us. I can’t wait to experience this journey with you. Miss and love you. Stay safe.

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  2. Love hearing that you’re doing well. Absorb all you can while you’re out there, I’m so proud of you! Missing you a little more back in the States❤️

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  3. I look forward to reading your blog. This experience will broaden your perspective on life and change your perspective for the rest of your life!!

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  4. Enjoy your time to the fullest, bren. You deserve it! I love you so much! Be safe and have fun ❤️

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  5. just finished reading your blog!! I am so happy you are having such a beautiful time 💜 miss you around here, but so excited to hear more ☺️

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