This week was eventful to say the least. As a group we spent more time exploring the city and learning more about Beit She’an. We have also branched out a little more on our own without our coordinator.
The common theme this week is “Home away from Home”. Everyone from the Partnership office (P2G), the people at the Shuk and grocery stores, or Hebrew teacher; have offered us knowledge about how to live in Beit She’an. Many have offered us a meal in their home. It reminds me of why I decided to come to Beit She’an in the first place.
On top of the warm welcome we have had I’ve also felt at home because of the constant reminder of Cleveland. Cleveland is a huge part of Beit She’an, from park signs, traffic circles, basketballs, to the overall love of Cleveland residents of Beit She’an have.
The Valley of Springs… I don’t think I have been closer to paradise before…
And just as you need to work hard to achieve paradise, the same is true about the Valley of the Springs. Unless of course you bike, take the bus, or drive. We didn’t do that; instead we walked. It was not incredibly far from us at all but we have not acclimated to the heat yet; but the walk/heat was worth it. The beautiful clear water, with tiny fish who swim with you. Those fish… they also give you a pedicure if you can stand still long enough!
We walked to different springs and each one I fell more in love with the city and the springs. I could have gone to a big city, or gone to the sea; but instead I am in Beit She’an and I know that I made the right decision.
I think I have my own little slice of paradise. . . and I can now call it home.