Yes, the end of Ulpan came and, while I was sad to say goodbye to my class, I was happy to have this incredibly intensive language program come to a close. I learned more in these 4 short weeks than I ever thought was possible, and I had such a wonderful teacher and really sweet and engaging classmates. Still, after hours of class, homework, and vocabulary memorization each day, a bit of a break is very welcomed. I will be continuing with Hebrew during the semester, but it is only 2 hours each morning Monday through Thursday, which is far more manageable.
So, while I don't have my final grade back, I feel really good about the test. I know that I worked hard and did the best job that I could have done. It is a new feeling, being in a course where learning all of the material is neither expected nor possible, but I think I absorbed a lot and I am thankful that I had such a positive experience in the course.
After the test on Thursday, my suite-mate and I decided that it would be fitting to blow off some steam. Because of Shabbat, when the buses run on a strange schedule for Friday night and Saturday, Thursday is the night to go out. Even though we were tired, we met up with her cousin and a friend of his and headed to a dance club. There were separate boys and girls lines, which I had never seen before, but I was happy to be on the girl's side because it moved very quickly. We went through security and bought a ticket before entering the club. Inside, there were lights everywhere and many different rooms playing a variety of music. We moved between the main room with techno-top 40 music and the hip-hop room (where they played a lot of English and Hebrew rap songs). It was so loud and so bright and exactly what I needed to get re-energized!
|The perfect 3am snack!|