December started our month of being nomadic…no, this is not some re-enactment of the ancient Hebrews, it is part of our lease agreement to be out of our apartment until early January. To kick it off, we took a trip to Italy. We had an amazing trip through Venice to Rome to Florence and back to Venice. I posted some pictures to the right and highlights included the long walks through Venice and Florence, St. Mark’s Basilica/Square, the Coliseum, the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica (including their Christmas tree lighting event), the Uffizi, and Boboli Gardens. In addition, we had purely academic samplings of the pizza and gelato.
We will also be hosting family coming through town, from parents to aunts & uncles to cousins. We are really excited to host family and further explore this country. We have trips planned in northern Israel, Jerusalem, Dead Sea and vicinity, Tel Aviv, and Eilat. The shift in US policy on our embassy occurred while we were in Italy. We have been receiving many messages about this shift and increased violence in the region. We are of course being more vigilant, but do not feel any immediate threat.
This blog will follow my experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Israel (University of Haifa) during the 2017-18 academic year. Also check out the family blog for another perspective.