Six Weeks of Darkness

From time to time, I’ve been known to rant about how ridiculously long the winter breaks are at Wesleyan University. Students are released from the stresses of English essays and neuroscience exams for a total of 40 days.

In past winter breaks, my friends have accomplished such great feats as finishing the entire Friends series, re-reading all seven Harry Potter books, and finding the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, which was confirmed to be 42.

As for me, the next three weeks will be just as busy, achieving the following:

  • Learning binary code
  • Memorizing the first 80 digits of Pi (see video evidence below!)
  • Reading ten books
  • Learning the Shema, one of the most important prayers in Judaism ahead of…

My trip to Israel in January! Beginning in 1999, the Israeli government along with several private donors have made heritage trips to Israel– deemed ‘birthright tours’– available to young adults with Jewish ancestry. For ten days, we will travel throughout northern and southern Israel, visiting some of its most well known sites.

As if one list wasn’t enough, here is a second! We’ll be

  • Hiking Mount Arbel in the northeast
  • Touring Tzfat, one of the Four Holy Cities in Israel
  • Hiking Mount Meron near Haifa, one of Israel’s highest peaks
  • Touring Jaffa, famously associated with the biblical stories of Solomon and Jonah (sensing a theme here?)
  • Clubbing in Tel Aviv
  • Visiting Independence Hall
  • Riding Bedouin camels (the best kind of camel)
  • Floating in the Dead Sea
  • Hiking the Ein Ovdat Canyon
  • Touring the Old City of Jerusalem

Rest assured that when possible, absurd amounts of photographs will be published here detailing every moment in Israel.

Almost immediately after I finished filming, I found a video of an eight-year-old reciting 200 digits of pi and later, a sixth grader reciting 2,422 digits. Well, I guess it’s back to the drawing board then…

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