We are finally here! I am sitting in Yerushalayim posting about our first day of our pilot trip! The plane ride was uneventful thank G-d and we made it here without anything of note. We had originally planned to spend our first day checking out schools in Rechovot. But, we learned pretty quickly that it was almost impossible to get connected with schools while on American time zones and we were not able to confirm that anyone would be able to meet us in the schools we were looking into. Plan B was to crash at my sister's apartment and just take a day to get acclimated to the time zone. We landed at around 7AM and could not check into our hotel until around 3PM. Apparently, that is fairly common for Israeli hotels.
I am so glad we did not try to do too much on the first day. We were wiped from almost no sleep on the plane and needed somewhere to relax. But, it was not a wasted day.
We called schools and realtors to set up appointments for next week. It was much easier to reach people when we could call during school hours. Simcha got to practice his Hebrew while calling.
We drove. Driving in Israel seems to be a little more intimidating than what we are used to in America. Street signs seem to be almost nonexistent. But, we made it to all our destinations eventually.
We went shopping. I forgot my flip flops and we wanted to get dish soap for our baby bottles. I realized that if I wanted flip flops in America, I would go to Target. But where do I get them in Israel? When we move we will have to figure out where to buy products.
Beds was another topic Simcha and I have been debating. Should we send our beds or buy Israeli ones when we get here? Although Israeli beds fit better in apartments, American mattress are what we are used to using. We spoke with my sister about bed sizing and pricing and quality. Her kids sleep on slimmer beds and seem to be fine with it. She and her husband have wider beds, but still narrower than what we are used to in America. It seems that you can get a better quality mattress for less money in America. I am leaning toward bringing our beds, but nothing is certain yet.
We went to the ganim that my niece and nephews attend. I was encouraged to see that ganim look very similar to the kindergarten classroom our four year old has. There were toys divided by center, a circle time rug, and small tables for the kids. There was also a nice outdoor jungle gym and play area. The whole gan was locked and my sister needed to buzz into the building and use a code to get out. The ganim were walking distance from her home.
And finally we drove by my old seminary. It was so fun to see the building, block and stores that I remember so well.
Tomorrow is our day to visit the old city and continue our research!