3 years ago, almost to the day, I was afforded the opportunity to live in Jerusalem for a summer studying the Palestinian dialect of Arabic. During that summer I met two of the most amazing women I know who have turned into two of the best friends a girl can have. It has been a long road for each of us, but here we are, three years later, all new immigrants to Israel embarking on new careers, relationships, and journeys far away from our homes and lives in the United States, and the most amazing part is that we get to do all of this together.
It's amazing how people you have known for only 3 years, a period of time that is so minuscule, can be people who mean more to you, and have been there for you in more ways than people you have known a life time. When I was going through my breakup with my boyfriend of almost 3 and a half years it was Sarah who ultimately pulled me through it, especially since she was going through a similar situation at the same time. When I craved so desperately the habit of texting or calling that one special person at night or really whenever anything was going on in my life, and no longer had Jordan to fill this need, it was Sarah who I leaned on to fill this void.
Moving across the world is a scary thing but I felt like the minute I arrived in Israel Susanna was right there to help me adjust. From staying with her in the Old City some 3 years ago, to our new lives in Tel Aviv filled with weekly dinners, much needed girl time, adventures around Israel pertaining to anything exciting going on in either of our lives, and adventures around the world (well just Turkey for now but we will be planning more trips soon :-)) she is the most wonderful friend to have and I am so lucky she is here.
To celebrate our so called anniversary we all met up after class and work ended for the day, had a great hour or so of girl time, and then headed out to a great Asian restaurant where we were finally introduced to Sarah's lovely boyfriend. I felt bad that we subjected him to hours of our girl talk at dinner but he handled himself very well considering this was his first meeting with "the friends". We caught up on each other's lives, did the inevitable talking about boys, did some shopping, ate great food, and had a really perfect evening.
Tomorrow is student day at Tel Aviv University so expect some good pictures and posts from that :-)
Lilah Tov ya Chaverim,