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It’s a bird, It’s a plane, It’s a bomb….RUN

I know that I haven’t posted anything for a long time, but I haven’t had the time to post anything. As people might know, I am in Israel right now, and I have been here for almost three weeks. I have experienced a lot of new things past these two weeks I have been here. Especially the last week, but before I start writing about the week that have been; I am going to write about what I have done.

Didn’t have the best start to my stay in Israel, I had the flight from hell, meaning that everything that could go wrong went wrong. My flight in Norway was delayed. During the flight from Oslo to London, I didn’t feel very good. I arrived at Heathrow, and of course since it’s me, I managed to forget my laptop somewhere at the airport, and I didn’t realized that I had forgotten my laptop until I was at the gate. I ran back and started to look for my laptop, but after 20 minutes of looking for my laptop, I asked the security guards for help and thank god, someone had returned my laptop to lost and found. Then I was picked out for an extra security check, not fun at all when you are tired and just have run though terminal 1. After the security check I finally made it on board the flight. My body was in pain, and I had to ask three times for some painkillers before I had to walk to flight attended myself. After a 4 hours flight from London to Tel Aviv, I arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport where I had to wait for people who didn’t show up, but taking the train to Beer Sheva was actually fun.

Arriving in Beer Sheva I met the other people in my group. Most of them are Americans. In my group there are people from Sweden, France, Spain and Uruguay. All of them are amazing people. The first weekend, we went to Jerusalem. It was so much fun and we got a tour in the old city. I have been busy with the Hebrew ulpan for the past week. I have been on a night hike in the Negev desert and I have also been on a four hour day hike in the Negev desert. After we were done with the four hour hike, they took us on a 1 hour tour in the sun.

The past week, it has not been quiet in Beer Sheva. There have been lots of rocket attacks. It has not been fun at all. The sound of the siren is the most chilling sound I ever have heard. People who say that Israelis are not suffering in this conflict are wrong. On Saturday it was a bit too much for me. In the evening the siren went off and I walked outside and sat down in the staircase and waited. I could hear three booms, then I walked inside again, and after some minutes the siren went off again. I walked out and sat down in the staircase and waited. This time I heard 7 booms. I have to admit that I was shaking like a leaf, but even though it’s a bit scary I am not going home. I can’t imagine how Israelis can live with this. Now I am in the desert, Sde Boker. We are going back tomorrow, thank God for that.

This is it for now but I am going to post more post regularly.

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Shalom, People!

Hi people!

Welcome to my blog. In this blog I am going to write about my year abroad in Israel. Okay, I know what you may think. Why the hell is she going to Israel? The reason I want to go to Israel for year is because I want stand out from the crowd, and be different. I want to work as a diplomat in the future, and I want also to write my Bachelor thesis about the conflict, but if you want to know why I want to go to Israel, you can read my motivation letter I had to write:

My interest for Israel developed after I heard about Israel in one of my classes, politics and human rights in my last year of high school. I decided to read more about Israel, and I fell for Israel almost immediately. Therefore my dream is to live and study in Israel for a year, and get the feeling of what it is like to be a student in Israel. The reason I chose Israel is because I want to do some volunteer work in Israel, and therefore coming to Israel is a great way to combine studies with volunteer work. While some people have their heart in America, my heart is in Israel. I have been to Israel before, and I felt right at home. I am also keen on adventures that only Israel and the Ginsburg–Ingerman program can give. I think that spending a year in Israel will give me an advantage in the future.

I am currently studying international studies that is a mix of politics and history, at Lillehammer University College. I want to one day work as a diplomat or work in the Norwegian Police Security Service. I think that courses that are offered through the Ginsburg–Ingerman program can help me to reach my dreams. Also I think that the Ginsburg–Ingerman program can help me with reaching one of my other dreams, and that is to learn Hebrew, so I can use it in the future. I already know four other languages, Norwegian, Polish, English and German. Therefore learning Hebrew along with the other languages I speak, I will be more desirable in the job market, and knowing many languages will give me the opportunity to communicate with people from different countries in the world. I also find Hebrew to be the most beautiful language in the world. I also want to pursue a master degree in Middle East studies or peace and conflict studies in Israel in the future. The courses that the Ginsburg–Ingerman program provides will help me with my Bachelor thesis in my third year because I want to write about the Israeli-Arab conflict.

I see myself as a kind and outgoing girl. I have no problems with making new friends and always make sure that everyone is included. I have friends from different ethnicities and different religions. Therefore I shouldn’t have problems with getting along with the international students as well as Israeli students. I take challenges with a smile and my motto is: “when you fall, you rise again”. I am also a stubborn person, but I look at my stubbornness as a positive trait because it makes me determent to finish what I have started.

I hope that I will get accepted into the Ginsburg–Ingerman program, so I can take one step towards fulfilling my dreams. I will be grateful if I get this chance to spend a year studying in Israel.

All thought I can’t wait to get to Israel, I am nervous. The first couple of weeks, I couldn’t believe it, that I got accepted, but now when the weeks are passing by, and the day for departure is getting closer and closer, I hits me that I am really going to Israel for a year. Not in my wildest imagination would I ever believe that I would go to Israel for a year. I thought that I’ll take a year abroad in Australia, USA or Canada, not in Israel. Anyway, I hope that I’ll have a great time in Israel. I am really looking forward to spend a year in Israel. This is going to be an experience for a life time. What I am looking for by going to Israel is meeting new people, the boys (wink wink) and getting to experience things that I never get to experience here at home. How many people can say that they have been to Israel for a year? Not many can say that. And the other thing is that this blog is not a forum for political discussion. People who post offensive or rude comments will be reported and deleted.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

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