Wednesday, January 2, 2008

My First New Years in Israel

So Israel is a very strange country. While living in the modern world and mostly doing business in it, there are a few exceptions. New Years in Israel is not really a holiday. My Kibbutz doesn't take the day off of work and even goes so far as to change the date of New Years to this Friday...we don't work Saturdays so its easier to have a party.

Israelis call New Years Sylvester. After some quick research to find out why I feel that it is only an Israeli sense of humor which could spawn such a name. Check out his article on wikiepedia to understand more. He was a huge anti-Semite, but his Papacy ended on the 31st of January 335. The 31st is also his saint day. All kinds of strange going on with the holiday here.

Anyways...we decided to head to Tel-Aviv for some fun. By we I mean almost the entire Ulpan group and most of the volunteers as well. It was quite a good time. We went to a club called Concha which is in the old Port area of Tel-Aviv. We essentially danced the night into the morning. We finally made it to the Kibbutz we were staying at, in Rehovot, at around 5:30am. We slept the day and meandered back to Be'er Sheva. We finally made it back to Revivim around 6:30pm. It was quite a wild night and quite an amazing way to spend New Years.

Pictures will be coming as soon as I can gather all the cameras that were in the club with us.


One New Years in Israel down...One more to go on this great adventure of mine.

3 comments:

John Sklar said...

Sounds like a good time. Glad to see you getting around. How's the Hebrew study going. How about a post about school?

Phyllis Sommer said...

your logic about sylvester doesn't exactly hold though beacuse it's not just in israel:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester tells you other countries like *Germany* that use the name. I still don't get *why* but I'm not sure that it's beacuse of the Israeli sense of humor!!!!

I think it's funny that dad asked about school. But...he does have a point.

Phyllis Sommer said...

wait, speaking of school, did you skip it for new years? hmm...

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