Tonight starts our orientation process. All of the students are to have arrived in Israel by now and we are supposed to start learning all about our program this year and what we are going to accomplish during our year in Israel. Yesterday I decided that I was going to do a little exploring. My mom has been telling me about this garden that she liked while she was in Jerusalem and I saw that it wasn't very far from school, so after turning in the rest of my registration materials I decided to find Yamin Moshe.
As it turns out, it is very close to school. A few minutes walk from the campus down David HaMelech. She was not kidding, the garden is fantastic. Not only is it actually green, a surprise in the desert of Israel, but there is a beautiful fountain surrounded by trees and some flowers and other plants.
Not only is this a lovely shaded area, but as I wandered the garden more I stumbled upon a larger garden and a fantastic view of the city and the sprawling suburban area near by.
I spent almost an hour walking through here just taking everything in. This is one of those moments when you are just in awe of what you are surrounded by. Since I like to have my own spot that I can go and relax if need be, I think I found my place. There are benches and sprawling lawns to relax on, or to sit and read. I also saw a sign that shows a route into the old city past an artists area. Some time I want to walk that way into the old city and see what that route is all about.
I have found my personal happy place! The only thing that was missing was a special someone to walk through the garden with me, Chubbs playing the piano and a good cup of coffee, not the "Elite Instant Caffeine Supplement" I was drinking (that will be a subject covered at a later date).
If you would like to see more pictures, I put an album up on my facebook account.
(Peace from Jerusalem),