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30 May 2012 (Initial impressions of the kibbutz)

May 30, 2012

I felt a transformation in the air yesterday. It was thick and piercing and clung heavy to my body. It felt like summer for the first time this year.

It’s the kind of heat that was already on full rage when I arrived in Israel two years ago. At least that’s what I remember, but maybe I was in a bit of shock with everything to take in all the details. There may have been breaks in the heat like there still is this time this year, but I may have been too caught up in my new life to notice.

I am reaching in to my unpublished posts again and found the following entry that was started exactly two years ago today. It’s incomplete but captures my very first impressions of kibbutz life that I had forgotten about. I can say that two years later I have mostly gotten used to the pace but still feel a bit lost in it sometimes.




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Post originally written on May 30, 2010 | 2010年5月30日に書いたエントリー

A street inside the kibbutz, Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

I am still adjusting to the pace of life in a kibbutz.

On the external front, the kibbutz reminds me a lot of the college campus I graduated from in upstate New York, USA. There is a dining hall, a library, a little store, a pool, even an amphitheater (although it is no longer active). It is also a haven for children with endless space to play and run around,  a large playground, even a mini amusement park (although it only opens on special occasions), with no roads for cars.



The kibbutz amphiteater, Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

I will save further information of the kibbutz for another post, but back to that pace thing. A part of me wants to embrace it, devour it. And the rest of me feels so completely guilty and lost in it. The fact that the ulpan (Hebrew language school), the one set thing on my schedule for at least the next 5 months, is being delayed. The start date that was originally set for mid May is now yet to be determined. So that leaves me with nothing on my plate. This “nothing” is hard coming from Tokyo where I had a busy job in video production.


Much love,

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2012 12:04 pm

    I loved this glimpse into kibbutz life — which kibbutz was it? Do you have a favorite kibbutz in Israel? I’ll miss the concept behind the kibbutz communities and the warmth they still exude in person.

    • June 2, 2012 7:17 pm

      Hi Roxanne, this kibbutz is called Afikim, located in the Jordan valley! I haven’t visited enough kibbutzim to have a favorite, but the ones I’ve gotten to known in this area all have their own unique characteristics, both good and bad. But I love how they all seem so similar yet the more you get to know them how different they all are!

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