10 Reasons to come and teach in Israel

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10. The pastries are delicious.
9. The food is fresh AND healthy here…more so than anywhere else I’ve been.
8. The country has a lil’ scenic sump’n for everyone: mountains, ocean, dessert, big cities, OLD cities, modern architecture, and frankly, it’s down right biblical!
7. To float in the Dead Sea
6. To enjoy the gorgeous 21C weather during the November evenings
5. The people are warm and ebullient like the Italians.
4. The dancers are fluent in English the way the Swedes are
3. The students are fantastic at focusing and they relentlessly practice the material
2. There is free, open wifi just about everywhere!!!!!
1. The organizers put a lot of thought, effort and heart into every last detail of how the instructors are treated.

Dance Tel Aviv, thank you for having Kevin and me, for putting us up in a gorgeous apartment, and taking such wonderful care of us. The pictures I’ve posted on FB (and soon to be here) are dedicated to you.

xx

Dead Sea

Gaaah, what a fun day Kevin and I had!!

We planned to be out the door by 9am, which of course meant around 9:30. Yoni, one of our fabulous babysitters for the weekend, picked us up in his cute little car and road tripped it with us down to the Dead Sea. Two hours and a lot of desert later, we finally arrived at our destination. Needless to say, it was biblical. 😀

Here’s a quick blurb about the Dead Sea from Wikipedia:

The Dead Sea (Arabic: البحر الميت‎ al-Bahr al-Mayyit, Hebrew: יָם הַ‏‏מֶּ‏‏לַ‏ח‎‎, Yām Ha-Melaḥ, “Sea of Salt”), also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface. The Dead Sea is 377 m (1,237 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 33.7% salinity, it is also one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water […] It is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 67 kilometres (42 mi) long and 18 kilometres (11 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.

Now that you know some stats, here’s an ever quicker run down of our day. We went to a spa/resort sort of place, covered ourselves in mud, washed off in a sulfur bath followed by a fresh water shower, had a massage (I snagged a facial), and then went down to float in the Dead Sea. Freaking fantastic day!!! I have a bunch of photos from my trip that I need to post, but until then, I’ll leave you with this. Hopefully you recognize this our signature pose.

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And, as legend has it, you really do “just float”. It was surprising and magical. And bizarre. Hahah, Kevin pretended to be sky diving….wish I had snapped a picture of that.

Until later!!