Ok, so maybe this is day 2, but seriously the first one doesn't count. After all, it consisted of flying in, checking in, getting a rental, driving 1hr 30min to the hotel, checking in, unpacking, showering, grabbing some real food, and going to bed. But, I doubt that really matters. Here's the good stuff!
Note: when setting your alarm clock for a work week in the middle east: 1) be conscious of the time change as the phone does not automatically adjust itself. 2) make sure you include Sunday, as work is not Monday - Friday, but rather Sunday - Thursday (with fingers crossed!). 3) you set the tone to be something so annoying that despite jet lag you still wake up with more than 15 minutes to go until you need to leave for breakfast.
I woke up late today. Yes, this happens, but all was well, we just arrived at the plant, umm, fashionably late. Really, I don't know if the time is hard set, but I loathe tardiness - mom, don't choke reading this - and therefore, felt like a complete dolt that I put the schedule behind. I'd like to say it was because the hotel room is really comfortable and the bed was soft, but alas, not so much. However, what is spectacular, and super amazing are the views from the hotel. Perfection. I love the architecture. Everything, save for the mosques, has straight, clean lines. It is awesome, especially for those, who like me, like everything to have straight, clean lines. It all looks so organized! But outside the architecture, the landscape. I don't have words, and I know I have yet to really see anything. Here are a couple from my room and one from the side of the hotel looking to the, ah well, I have no idea the direction, but I was looking out!
After work, we had a much less eventful drive, but I must share my amazement at a semi driver who, on a steep incline, parallel parked, in reverse up the incline, a double trailer. (Did I mention the severely narrow streets?) It was quite something. I got to go to a mall. This was so much fun, except for the no one speaking English part, but what did I expect, right?! I wish I had had more to spend, but the prices, well, sadly, they are vary comparable to the US. Oh, another thing, and don't laugh, but did you know that the currency is the shekel? I thought it was only called this in the Bible. I think I am learning more than I am teaching. But still, it was fun to look around and see everything. Then, dinner and catching you all up.