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3 March 2012 (S N O W | 雪)

March 3, 2012

Although staying inside and eating chocolate all weekend was tempting, after all the talk and hype, I couldn’t resist driving to the Golan Heights to see sheleg (snow) with my own eyes. Even if it meant braving the traffic and crowds that were no doubt going to be there.

The surprising thing was, despite the balagan (what I like to translate as a “big hot mess”) on the roads, we rarely heard any honking. On any other day or place, the same traffic would have resulted in absolute pandemonium, with high strung drivers all pressing their horns and trying to cut in. But today, everyone was united under the joy of snow.

What is it about snow that creates such magic? Whether it makes you want to roll around and play, or overly happy for no reason, or just enjoy the quiet and serenity of it… I have no doubt every single person there today was under the spell somehow, some way.

I personally love the peace and calm snow brings. How beautifully it transforms everything, as if it’s whispering shhh… as it falls. Whenever the road ahead looked crazy today, all I had to do was turn my head to the side and look at the snow covering everything in white for as far as my eyes could see.

Today I also got to try a middle eastern dessert called sahlab for the first time. It’s a warm pudding made from milk and cornstarch topped with coconut, nuts, cinnamon, and rose water (and something else?), and we bought them from a stand run by a friendly Druze family. After hours of driving and playing around in the snow, I understood why Yuval insisted on these, so tasty and warming to the core.






Much love,

10 Comments leave one →
  1. miko permalink
    March 6, 2012 4:04 am


    • March 6, 2012 11:54 pm

      アローンと一緒にはしゃいでる姿かわいい 笑

  2. March 6, 2012 4:38 pm

    I liked this post very much!! The way you worded things and how you wrote that the snow falling seemed to whisper, “shh”, was just lovely. And the parts about the traffic make me laugh. I can’t believe no one honked! Mostly because I know Israel traffic and honking is like breathing here…. ha. Sometimes the hassle is worth the what comes after, and it this case that certainly is true!

    • March 6, 2012 4:39 pm

      Oh! P.S. Sahlab is one of my favorite things about Israel. It is so yummy and makes your heart smile.

      • March 6, 2012 11:59 pm

        I only wish I had discovered it sooner!

    • March 6, 2012 11:58 pm

      Thank you Kaie! And I knew folks living in Israel or have lived here would appreciate the honking thing🙂 It was totally amazing and unreal. As we started to descend from the snow the honking started, of course!

  3. March 6, 2012 6:15 pm

    Lovely pictures! It’s hard to imagine that so much snow could fall in Israel, but if you saw it, I believe it🙂 While driving home through a sudden snow storm this weekend I kept trying to picture how the other drivers would have reacted if we were still in Israel. It’s nice to hear even Israelis know how to sit back and enjoy silence and beauty now and then.

    • March 7, 2012 12:06 am

      Oh believe me I was totally skeptical until I saw the snow myself too! On the way back down we passed by Nimrod’s fortress and I thought of you🙂 By then we were far away from the snow and the honking was back to normal…


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