Sunday, September 27, 2009

Kol Nidre services at a very special place

Tonight we will have the pleasure of attending Kol Nidre services at the Portuguese Synagogue here in Amsterdam. This construction of this synagogue began in 1671. There are not normally services held here, they only have them on special occasions, so it's a real treat to experience them there.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Look who I got to see today!!!!

Flying from Norway to Los Angeles is not so bad when your flight connects in Amsterdam...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Quote of the Day: Rosh Hashana

"How about that germy shofar? Everyone took a blow."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Girls' Weekend!!!!

Speaking of travel planning, my girlfriends here (Jenn, Lauren and Crystal) and I decided to plan a girls-only weekend trip. In a few weeks we're going to drive down to Antwerp and stay there overnight. Not sure what there is to see/do there, but I think we're going to have fun no matter what we end up doing. It'll be one big slumber party in Belgium!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Exciting travel news!

Well, not much has been happening here because I've been quite sick this past week. However, with all of the down time we've managed to sit down and plan some great trips for the fall. We are starting to feel like our time here is running out! Along with a Germany trip in late November and a trip to the South of France in December, we have decided to go to Israel.

Yes, we know Israel is not Europe, but it's way easier to get to Israel from Amsterdam compared to trying to get there from California. I went to Israel 10 years ago, and Dave has never been. So it is sure to be an exciting trip.

Anyone have any recommendations of places to stay in either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

under the weather

Sorry I've fallen behind on blogging... I seem to have caught a nasty head cold. Too much flying around I guess.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Realization from the new month

As a page of our Jewish calendar was turned this morning I saw not only one new month, but the next four all on one page. This is very common for a Jewish calendar because September (sometimes October) is when the Jewish New Year falls. However, it was a realization for me that we only have these last four months of 2009 in Amsterdam. And, now all four of them are staring at me in my kitchen, reminding me that our remaining time here is so short. But, we're going to make the most of it!