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The beginning of passover break

Serena Runyan April 6, 2014

This is another post written on a bus. This time we're heading home from a school trip titled "yam le yam" or "sea to sea". The idea is to hike from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee, but in reality...

Holy

Serena Runyan March 20, 2014

Jerusalem is a holy city. A bridge between the material and the spiritual. Many would say between the earth and the heavens. But what is holy?: "Connected to a god or a religion/ religious and morally...

A weekend in Tel-Aviv

Serena Runyan March 14, 2014

Right now I'm riding the bus to Tel-Aviv for the weekend, something that's become somewhat of a habit amongst my friends and I. It takes about an hour to get to Tel-Aviv from Jerusalem, and hostels dot...

“Mi Col Ha-Olam”: A Month in Ulpan

Serena Runyan February 23, 2014

It's become exceptionally beautiful and warm in Jerusalem the past few days, so as the weather changes and the academic semester begin, its become time to reflect on my month in Ulpan and shift to a new...

Backtracking: Ten Days with Birthright

Serena Runyan February 6, 2014

As I mentioned earlier,  my Birthright trip was a medium through which I stopped feeling like a tourist here and started to be able to envision myself being a living part of Israel. As things become...

Finally Settled

Serena Runyan January 30, 2014

I'm sitting in my apartment in Jerusalem, Israel, where I am studying abroad this semester at Hebrew University with the DOME program: Dynamics of the Middle East. I came here primarily for the academic...

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