So we are back in Jerusalem after three weeks in South Carolina and California; a great visit with family and friends.The biggest surprises upon returning?
1.) It has been a significant struggle to readjust to the 7-hour time difference. Much worse than the first time for some reason. But when you wake up wide-eyed at 2:00 AM the only thing to do is get up and do something until yawning begins, if ever. Penn_E, who stayed here, has adjusted well to our being back and she sleeps through most of our odd hours; so we’ve got that going for us
2.) The untended grass here, which has been brown since late June, is now green (!) and the weather, so far, is sunny, bright and quite comfortable–this after multiple promises that the local December/January weather is miserable. Now we’re hearing that when it’s not raining the weather is actually pretty tolerable. So far so good.
3.) The December ambient light in Jerusalem, with the sun rather low in the sky (same latitude here as midway between Tallahassee and Atlanta) is spectacular. Everything looks like a great potential photograph. So I’m planning to grab my camera and try a few things while the sun is still shining.
What about the surprises we experienced once back in the states?