Who knew it would be so cold?

Posted By rachael

Date: December 4th, 2008

Category: Rachael's blog

Winter in Haifa is cold!  60 degrees here feels almost frigid.  You can tell who the tourists are because they are the ones in shorts and sandals.  The natives are in boots, parkas, scarves and hats.  I had to buy a winter coat yesterday.  Larry says he’s happy if it never gets any warmer than this.

We moved apartments on Monday.  Below are photos from our old apartment.  Our new apartment is next door to Dick and Sue Rosenberg (close friends of the Rosner clan from Michigan City)!  Yes, we live at 42 Leon Blum on the 15th Floor right next to them.  We will be here until January 1 when we take the house on Yeshurun St.

Playground near 8 Caspari

Playground near 8 Caspari

The walkway to our apartment at 8 Caspari

The walkway to our apartment at 8 Caspari

Ayla’s Hebrew is astonishingly good.  She sings songs from gan with a native accent.  She speaks full sentences.  She has made a special friend named Ofri and she talks a lot about dancing and hugging each other and falling on the ground in laughter.  These are photos of Ayla with her beloved Dikla at a “m’sibah” (party) at her gan.

Ayla with Dikla behind her

Ayla with Dikla behind her

Ayla at Gan Pinuki party

Ayla at Gan Pinuki party

Eli is walking!  He also is speaking but ONLY in Hebrew.  He says “todah” (thank you) when we offer him food.  He asks for “nana” (banana is cognate in Hebrew, so perhaps that’s one English word).  But his teachers at gan say he understands everything and is responding back in Hebrew.

Eli bubbles at 8 Caspari

Eli bubbles at 8 Caspari

Eli and mommy at swimming lesson

Eli and mommy at swimming lesson

We visited with Yoni and Ryma (for the Tarler relatives:  Yoni is Ahuva’s younger son) a few weeks ago, and we went to a beautiful wedding last night of the son of Hank Shrier’s girlfriend Malka.  It was on a kibbutz on the beach north of Tel Aviv.

Yoni, Ryma, Larry, Eli and Ayla

Yoni, Ryma, Larry, Eli and Ayla

For Saturday:  A visit with Pat Sinervo in Rechovot followed by a trip to IKEA!  More from Larry soon — R.

1,281 Responses to “Who knew it would be so cold?”

  1. Susan Berkson Says:

    I love these posts! What a sunny adventure you are having. And your kids - walking and talking in Hebrew! Mazel Tov!

  2. shulamit Says:

    Dear Rachael and Larry,
    What a fabulous experience for all of you! The kids look happy and healthy. Keep them speaking Hebrew! Thanks for keeping us up to date.
    I had a lovely Thanksgiving with your Mom and siblings.
    Please give my best to the Rosenbergs.
    Love,
    Linda Rosner

  3. Margo Says:

    Years ago someone commented to me that in winter in the US it’s cold *outside* but in winter in Israel it’s cold *inside*. Perhaps the heating systems are better now? Wishing you wonderful adventures, inside and out!