If you feel bored and need more excitement in your life; come to Arad, Israel where I am. But, beware because you may fall in love with the kind, simple people who understand the importance of enjoying the natural beauty, being friendly and diligently helping others. Here are some examples.
I began my day watching the beautiful pink sunrise come over the Desert Mountains which is incredible. I have a beautiful view of the sunrise from my simple desert home. Those who have come to visit love my home and have told me they would love to have a simple home like mine overlooking the mountains with the Dead Sea and Jordan in the background.
Then I made fresh herbal tea from the herbs grown at Zman Midbar Eco Spirit Lodge for Peace and also boiled some Arabic coffee with cardamom for guests. I had a delicious breakfast of shakshuka, which is a traditional Israeli breakfast of eggs with a tomatoes sauce of olives, onions, peppers, maybe some parsley and spices. The Israeli wheat and nut bread was delicious too.
My friend picked some figs from the fig trees. Also, this is date season and I love the fresh golden dates you buy on a vine which we also had with our breakfast. The pomegranates growing on our trees here should be ripe soon too and I just love to put them in my salads. I have attached a photo of these delicious dates.
I watered all the herbs and flowers growing in pots in the open air pavilion and then I wanted to go to the city of Arad and had time to go. So I packed my salad with chicken for lunch and started walking to the bus stop which is a beautiful and invigorating twenty-five minute walk.
When I got to the main road a very nice man offered me a ride. In Arad, it is very safe to accept rides unlike in America.
Anyway, this man had just returned from visiting his brother in America and understood totally why I chose to move here. He said that not only his brother but most everyone he knows in America have so many material things and are still never happy. They are very confused because they think money and material things will bring them happiness and they just do not understand the importance of love, family and enjoying the natural beauty in this world.
Many people have made this same comment to me and also told me that people in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are more like Americans which I have also found to be true when visiting there. Thus, I love Arad, the nearby town Bear Sheva and many other places in Israel.
This man who gave me a ride gave me his phone number and told me to call him if I have questions or need help with my Aliyah (becoming an Israeli citizen). Many people have done the same which I find very nice and thoughtful.
The man dropped me off by the Arad library and I went in to see my friend there, return a book and get some others. They have a wonderful English section and also a section of free books in many different languages, of course primarily in Hebrew. I have been studying my Hebrew but not as much as I should be so this week and over the High Holidays I will have time to study more. One of my friends may stop by to study with me and go over my pronunciation. I was going to go on my Camel Safari trip this week but decided to wait when I am not as busy.
I find the people of Arad very caring people. I was sitting on one of the benches outside the library just relaxing and a woman sat next to me and asked me if I had water. It is very important to carry a water bottle in the desert and keep yourself hydrated. The library, bus station and many other places have fountains for free water so everyone can fill up their water bottles.
Sometimes I go swimming at the Arad club but I didn’t feel like it today. I just wanted to relax in the beautiful autumn weather. I bought some bananas for my friend and a few things I needed and as usual, I found the people in the store very kind. Also, everyone wishes everyone a Happy New Year (L’Shanah Tova) for the upcoming High Holidays. I also sat and had lunch with my friend from the pastry shop who is always very helpful.
I took the bus back to the bus stop near Zman Midbar Eco Spirit Lodge for Peace. Also as usual, as I was walking back a car pulled over and offered me a ride. When I got back home I had some things to do and then went on a short walk up the very steep driveway (again) to see the sunset, get some evening exercise and also feel the strong desert wind which comes at that time of day.
Then I had a nice surprise when I went to take my shower. A small desert lizard was trying to climb out of my tub/shower but couldn’t. These lizards are harmless and wonderful to have around because they eat many bugs. I tried to help him out with a stick but that did not work. My friend came and helped me and we used a cloth. I have attached a photo of this lizard.
Well, I am getting tired and I have a very busy day tomorrow with guests and some friends. Also, the High Holidays begin this weekend so you have to make sure you have what you need because the shops are closed.
Hope your day was fun and also spent among kind, caring people. ****It really makes a huge difference in your attitude, outlook and disposition. If you don’t believe me, come to Arad and see for yourself.****
As always, none is this is legal advice, I am just sharing my experiences to help others as the voice of OUR REVOLUTION to End the epidemic problem of Parental Alienation in the United States, Israel and all over the World.
-by Sara Hassman, Founder, www.PAlienation.org