There is a discrepancy between the places we visit and the places we live. When you visit Israel as a tourist, you will want to eat hummus and falafel, and drink Goldstar beer, no doubt. But the day-to-day life as an expat brings a realization of how similar we all are. In daily life in Israel, we drink Danish beer and eat pizza.
Finally, I said my last good-byes and line up to go through security. The weather was not looking good for flying, and I was nervous there would be issues with my flight being delayed. As it was, I was late getting to security, and the line was horrendously long. Thunder crashed outside. I wondered what await me across the ocean.
When Jewish kids make Aliyah, things feel so intense, urgent, wonderful, and real. When you arrive in Israel, you have that shiny new ID in your hand. People are singing and dancing in the airport. The young beach-goers in Tel Aviv are ridiculously attractive. Everyone you meet wants to know what your plans are to serve your new country.