The Facts and The Discoveries...
Israel, Ashdod, My Life.
Fact: This week was the first week of school. (Translation: I had school on Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm and today--Friday--from 8 am to 10 am.)
 
Discoveries:
1. It's the teachers that rotate from classroom to classroom, not the students.
2. So when the teacher stands at the door of the classroom at the beginning of the period, the students (or pupils, as the Israelis say) stand up until the teacher says other wise.
3. Today, the principal came in to say hi and I have never seen a group of such well-behaved ten year olds. They stood tall and not a peep escaped any of their mouths. 
4. Think of pointing at something in the sky. That's how students raise their hands. I don't know why I find this weird, but every time a student...pupil...does it, I look up at the ceiling. 
5. I asked my host teacher if she had any extra shirts with the school logo on them and she said, "hold on," as she left the class in the middle of a lesson to go get one for me. If that isn't love, not sure what is...
 
Fact: I opened up an Israeli bank account because...still not sure why, I'll get back to you on that.
 
Discoveries:
1. It's like the DMV, but so much worse.
2. Picture "resting bitch face" on every single person waiting for their number to be called. 
3. The woman who helped me, although she was very nice and accommodating, did not put me first as a customer. She was texting on her cell phone and making personal calls for the entire duration of my appointment.
4. As mentioned in 3, most Americans would have been making a scene at this point, but because I am so immersed in the Israeli culture, I took it upon myself to stare at my phone, pretending like I had friends to talk to at 9:30 in the morning.
 
A more serious Fact: I am learning that terrorism presents itself differently when it is occurring in your backyard.
 
Discoveries:
1. Right wing: JPost
2. Left wing: Haaretz
3. English based: Times of Israel.
4. Read up.

Jamie Rothberg | Writer | Chicago

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