Exactly in one week I will be packing and getting ready for my departure from Israel! Although I really love it here, at this point I am exhausted and need to go home! Last night is a great example. I fell asleep after midnight, roasting in my own sweat. Around 3 am I heard some noise, it sounded like a smaller explosion, so I jumped out from my bed. The “explosion” turned out to be just toilet making funny noise again! I “fixed” it (i.e. flushed it and water then stopped running and exploding), went back to bed and there was some sort of little bug on my bed, I quickly killed it but being insectophobic, I couldn’t fall asleep again as I kept turning and tossing, worried there may be more of them. So yes, I would say I am pretty exhausted.
As I mentioned yesterday, today I went to the city centre to prove to myself that no threats will keep me at home and restrain my freedom. I went to the post office, and that was interesting, I had to get a ticket from a self-service machine, I started panicking so I asked one man to help me and he kindly did. Once it was my turn, the post office lady asked me to stick the stamp on the postcard and I got really confused and asked her if I had to lick it, she started laughing and said yes. Well, in my defence, I never had to lick stamps in the UK??
Back in the apartment, I talked to my family, the love of my life – aka my dachshund Bella got her summer haircut today and now she looks like a soft toy. I love my baby more than my own life! I miss her so much and I cannot wait to see her again, I cannot wait to see her waiting for me at the airport next Friday morning, barking and crying!
In the afternoon, I was prepared to leave the apartment in one second, and had my passport and other essential things packed, as in the afternoon the German girl texted me if I was safe as there was a fire in Jerusalem Forest. I got really worried because as the crow flies it’s only cca 3.5 km away, and since the country is so dry as it hasn’t rained here for months, I was worried it could spread quickly. I was trying to keep up with latest news, but Haaretz completely disappointed me (at least the English version didn’t mention the fire at all), Jerusalem Post posted one paragraph, but then I managed to stay in the loop thanks to the Times of Israel and Twitter! Some neighbourhoods had to be evacuated, and videos and photos showed how scary and huge the fire was!! I could also hear sirens and someone announcing stuff on megaphone in the distance. I thought I could smell some smoke too. Interestingly enough, the German girl whose workplace is even further away said there was a lot of smoke over there! I have to say that the Israeli firefighters are amazing! This is such a dry country, with limited water supply, the fire was huge and after one hour I read that those people who were evacuated could be moved back in, and the firefighters managed to put the fire under control! Simply amazing!