Dear reader, as you are starting to read this column you may have many questions. Where has Sararosa been? Did she disappear? If not, what has she been doing for the past two months? Has she discovered any Israeli music that isn’t too cheesy? Has she stayed in touch with her MN music roots?
Well to answer one question, I didn’t write a column for this blog. I’ve been busy. Sad excuse, but true. During my absence from this blog, I spent a week on an army base, and a week in Poland, got concussed on some sand dunes, swam in the Red Sea, got to meet the mayor of Jerusalem, had some pretty amazing food, and so much more. I’m even in a YouTube video that has 100,000 hits. Pretty cool.
It’s hard to believe that I’m more than halfway through my time here in Israel. I have a little more than 6 weeks left. Preemptive sadness is starting to strike, but also I am very excited to get home. I just got tickets to Rock the Garden, and am very excited for my first concert back to be such a great showcase of our scene. Honestly, the Israeli music I’ve found is really cheesy and I haven’t really found my niche yet. I’ll just continue to nervously laugh when my Hebrew class listens to music. Already I’ve been hoarding Howler’s new album, World of Joy on my iPod. Also Heart Murmurs by Jeremy Messersmith has been unhealthily on repeat in my dorm.
As I’m writing this, I’m in Haifa with my mom who came to visit me for my spring break. We went to a beach town nearby to visit a friend of mine from home who’s also here. We trekked up down and down the hills of Haifa. It reminded me of Duluth in some ways, and it made me miss home.
Studying abroad isn’t easy. It’s a little bit of a roller coaster ride, but the high movements at the top are the best. There’s the wind in your face, and you feel so amazing and so free. It makes the harder times disappear.
Listen to this playlist and look at these pictures. Think of sunny days, warm breezes, and lots of walking. Hopefully you’ll find yourself here in Israel and out of that Minnesota snow (in April!?) soon. Or well, at least in your imagination.
“Step Out” by Jose Gonzalez
“Bubble Toes” by Jack Johnson
“Sifters” by Andrew Bird
“I Like Giants” by Kimya Dawson
“Lonesome Dreams” by Lord Huron
“If you go/im telech” by the Idan Raichel Project
“Asleep on a Train” by Radical Face
“Bridges” by Jeremy Messersmith