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21 February 2012

February 21, 2012






Today’s blue skies and warm temperatures didn’t feel like February.
Children were playing soccer in shorts with their bare feet.

I took my usual morning bike ride to work for the first time in nearly three weeks.
It felt much brighter than before… the days are definitely getting longer.
Or perhaps the sun in Israel is stronger than in Japan?

I was warmly welcomed back by my co-workers.
It was good to see them and to get right back to work.
(Otherwise I would probably start missing Japan and getting depressed)
They told me there has been all kinds of changes in the kibbutz recently
and throughout the day they were constantly getting in to big discussions about it.
I once again drifted away in to my own thoughts after a while of
trying to grasp anything in the rapid Hebrew chatter.
Nothing has changed, and this strangely felt comfortable.

My world in Tokyo is impossible to fully explain in words to my co-workers,
perhaps because it is just so different from here, from their reality,
as my kibbutz life is probably totally unimaginable and foreign
to my family and friends back in Japan.

Why are my two worlds so far away from each other?
Today I’m really feeling the distance.

Much love,

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2012 10:25 pm


    • February 22, 2012 7:20 pm


  2. Sammi Moe permalink
    February 22, 2012 7:29 pm

    Your two worlds are far apart, and yet not so much. Isn’t it great that you can get on an airplane and be in the other place so quickly? Relativly speaking of course. Imagine if you had to take a long boat ride to get there. In today’s world a cruise might be wonderful, but try to think of what it would have been like a hundred years or more ago. And with this modern age also comes convenient communication around the world! Amazing really. Your adventures are still something I love to come read. I have been so busy that I don’t get here often enough! Enjoy life to its fullest dear girl! The memories you are making will last a lifetime.
    Much love,

    • February 22, 2012 10:10 pm

      Thanks Sammi! You would be the one to know more than anyone the magic of being able to get to a completely different place on an airplane! 🙂
      I recall hearing about a Native Indian belief that one must take the equal amount of days it would have taken them on foot to cover the distance they traveled (on boat, car, etc) to recover from their traveling, both in body and spirit. It may be a difficult practice to keep in this age, but I appreciated the way of thinking.

      I think I know deep down my current experiences will last a lifetime, but many times I tend to get wrapped up in my frustrations. Thank you for reminding me!

      Much love

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