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breakfast in Haifa

Unlike America, you are joined.

In America, you go into a lunchroom and look for an empty table. Everyone else does the same thing.
Here, if you are sitting at an empty table, people come to join you because they want to talk, or it just feels strange to them to sit at their own table....
They sit with you and come to talk, and listen to you, too.
Brad is in Nirvana.

Two dudes from England joined me, and this sweet French girl Francine who now lives in Monterey, Mexico, took the fourth chair. I told my story of Fawath again. She told me what she saw on the children's faces she had met in the West Bank. It almost made her cry, she said.

Francine Monterey and I had kind of bonded because she is carrying a small blue purse with a blue design made by Bedouins. I have a larger version of the same pattern, it's a shoulder bag where I can stuff a lot of stuff in, and it just seems to expand. Closes up tight, too. She saw that first, and ran up to me with this big smile yesterday, pointed, "I have the same one!!"

And her English is pretty good too. So was that of the Brits. They'd flown to Atlanta and driven up + down the East Coast, the only time they'd been to the USA.

Everyone wanted to hear about who I thought would win the American election and why I think Bush is the biggest terrorist in the world. You can start [and end] with all the refugees in Iraq and how many Iraqis have been killed in the war and how many families have been ruined. Almost never reported in America in the American media.

But there are happier things. All the food here is home-cooked: omelets, eggs sunnyside, grilled toast, Israeli butter, ****CHOCOLATE JAM-SPREAD****, and this big 2-foot by three-foot [.67 meter x .99 meter] electric coffee meachine that will make you eight kinds of drinks by pushbutton selection and grinds its own coffee beans from a big funnel on top of it, while you watch.

Boy I wish I knew how I could smuggle THAT back to Boston.

There's this big world map on the wall. You're invited to put a pin into it on the name of the city where you have come from on your pilgrimage to Haifa. Boston was already pinned so I dazzled them with Revere, Mass ... which was where I was on Sunday April 13. What -- nobody here has heard of Revere Beach just N of Boston?? ?? *is bewildered* And, if I happened to know where you were, I looked for a pin for you.

Pins were heavy in Europe and the East Coast of the USA.

But there was also pins into: Denver, Tacoma [the closest to Evergreen], Vancouver, Toronto, New York-Newark, Jacksonville, Porto [imagine!], Tallinn, Amsterdam, Antwerpen ... but a big big blank across the map Eastward between Amman and Bombay [Mumbai]. No Kuwait nor Iran nor Iraq nor Pakistan nor Afghanistan. Guess I was not too suprised, just sad....we have a kind of United Nations going on here at breakfast....lots of Brit accents.

Tel Aviv and Melbourne were pinned too.

Francine put one into Monterey.

So. Have decided to stay here another day. Tel Aviv by train on Monday..... South along the SEACOAST yummmmmmmmm. [Naatz found that for me. She thinks I'm all infantile and silly about the Seacoast. She's right.] Then, Kiota's alternative school on Wednesday the tenth, 13 Km / 8 miles southwest of Jerusalem. You can see it from her home.

Then, Amsterdam. YUM YUM. Can't wait.

Naturally, Ki was there too. She's everywhere these days, of course. But you know what I mean.

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elvenforever
Sep. 6th, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
That sounds like a lovely, lovely breakfast. :)
silverplate88
Sep. 6th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I wanna take this whole place back to Boston with me.
Since El Al would have explosive fits about that, there's only one other thing to do!
elvenforever
Sep. 6th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Which is? :)
silverplate88
Sep. 7th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
Move over HERE, of course :) :)

Then I can get a special discount to fly from here to there to see you lol.

The special is because I will have dual citizenship omg.

Well, eventually.
elvenforever
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
*grin* Seriously, I hope you wouldn't. I would worry about you all the time over there, plus feel extremely far away from you!
silverplate88
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
But Amy: there are seats on the plane for you and Sean and all your kitties too! El Al would love us. Then, when we are all over *here*, everyone over there could worry and we would be happy lol
elvenforever
Sep. 8th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
"Hi, family and loved ones! Today is a good day -- none of us got shot, hit by a car, or were in the vicinity of a bombing!"

Thank you, I'll pass. :)
silverplate88
Sep. 8th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
I just was waiting on the platform of the Haifa train station. The rebuilt one.

Two summers ago it was mounds of rubble and concrete dust. Dust is what all the people waiting for the trains that day instantly became, too.
elvenforever
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Wow...:(
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silverplate88
Sep. 6th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
O yessssssssss. Wait till I post about Shlomit.

"Nice" is way too small a word! *purrs*
kala_ayule
Sep. 6th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't it be nice if more people did that in the US? Just went up to total strangers and had a heart-felt conversation with them? It would totally make my day.

Have you ever had Nutella? It's a hazelnut-chocolate spread that you can buy in the US, imported from France. Sounds like you might like that. Or if you happen to be stopping in France on your way to Amsterdam, try a crepe with some on it. Mmmm.
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silverplate88
Sep. 8th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
O Mari, bring some down here personally ---- right nowwwwww! *pantpant*
naatz
Sep. 6th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Nutella is nothing like the chocolate spread! As much as I like Nutella, it's CHOCOLATE SPREAD.

Brad: Try to smuggle back home a "Hashahar" chocolate spread bottle. :D

|Meduza|
silverplate88
Sep. 7th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
O Neta what would the checkpoint armies say? Mostly it's the USA TSA I worry about. The TSA runs all the airports in America now. When I get off in Newark it will be fun fun fun.

Hashahar. Never seen a sign anything like that. Can you give me the Hebrew characters?
naatz
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
השחר העולה (the rising dawn)
But it'll be in handwritten, so you might want to ask for the hotel people to write it down.

|Meduza|
silverplate88
Sep. 7th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
N, you're wonderful. Hope you know that. Every day :P
silverplate88
Sep. 7th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Well, I lurve me my hazlenuts and chocolate. YOu can get it in France, yes? Maybe I can find some if I fly direct to Holland....
silverplate88
Sep. 7th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Well, it seems that I've done that [the heart-felt] every day more than once. It just happens.

Naatz was not a 'total stranger' but I'd never actually met her in real life.

So that was wonderful.
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