08 February 2006

Passing Through and Falling Over

Back from a 10 or 11 day trip: Jerusalem -> New York/NJ -> Long Island -> Sharon -> Boston -> Connecticut -> Zoetermeer, Holland -> Amsterdam -> Jerusalem. The last 7 days, I've slept in seven different places. I'm standing at my computer now, fit to fall over.

When I get really tired, I have a desire to curl up on an imaginary shelf that sits somewhere around my right shoulder - just to climb up and curl up there.

The trip was for business, at least on the surface. The most interesting parts are what happened around the edges of business, of course. Met up with a whole holy host of old friends, and got to chase a woman who came to Israel to tempt me, and heard some fine, fine, jazz. The weekend was a road trip with MCAryeh, who has already posted an account of the experience. The one part he left out is what a joy it was for me to spend time with him.

I passed through Amsterdam last night, on the way home. I was already running on reserves, so I kept my adventures to a plate of wine-roasted lamb and a walk through the evening streets, so somehow poised and beautiful, amidst even the anarchy for which they are famous.

Now I've returned - to a different sort of busy-ness...

5L and his holy wife fed me dinner even before I unpacked, and now I'm well fed and falling over...signing off...

6 comments:

MC Aryeh said...

I imagine that shelf is filled with good reading - sounds like a fine place to curl up. First you find the beauty in NY and now Amsterdam - you've a much keener eye than I do!

Glad you are safe and sound and well-fed.

I hope you will not be tempted next time to break your own record and go for 8 nights in 8 different places...

LOL at 5L - very clever!

Rebecca said...

sounds like you guys had an amazing time, I commented as such on Mc's blog!

'laizer said...

'twas an amazing time i'twas...

Miss Nibbles said...

Well, you boys certainly do get around.

One time I travelled the world.

But mostly, I stay in the house with the childrens and peek out the window at the world.

Miss Nibbles

oishkapipik said...

Laizer- I would like to put in a suggestion. I would love to hear about all the crazy places that you decided to take a dip.

'laizer said...

I'm afraid most of them aren't all that crazy (though you have picked out one of my favorite pastimes - that and finding my way onto the roofs of buildings.)

I have jumped into the lake in Sharon, though not in winter. There are a few springs in the hills of Jerusalem and the Judaen desert which are deserving of mention. Hezikiah's tunnel under East Jerusalem, the Ari's mikvah, a sweet little river below Safed where the fish nibble on your toes...

Nothing too crazy.

I've never jumped into the reflecting pool in DC, for example...;)