Lonely Man of Cake

June 1, 2007

Apologies… and Plans

Filed under: General — lonelymanofcake @ 3:41 pm

This past week or so has been quite busy.  A good friend of mine flew in last week and sponsored a weekend of wine tasting in the Golan and Galilee.  I already began typing up my impressions of each of the six wineries that we visited, and just attempting to remember the name and vintage of each wine that we tasted is quite an effort.  The weekend, in addition to giving me a break from life in Jerusalem (and its residents!), also afforded me with a very timely opportunity to reassess my personal position vis-a-vis where I stand as a resident-alien in Israel, especially given my very opinionated, often negative, views of life in the Holy Land.

The dramatic change in topography, plentiful forests, and change of scenery must have done something to my head (or maybe it was having tasted some 30 wines), because once again I do see some sense in staying in Israel, even if only temporarily.  Or maybe it was the vintners, with their passion for the land, down to earth ways, and the satisfaction they display when they talk about what they do.

Our last stop before heading back south to Jerusalem was at a boutique winery called Nahal Amud, which is near Mt. Meron.  The owner of the winery was unable to give us the requisite tour/tastings because of personal obligations, but he said that his son was in the vineyards doing some spraying.  We had been looking forward all weekend long to walking through some actual vineyards but hadn’t had the opportunity to do so.  So I coordinated with the fellow in the field and we were given a detailed explanation and orientation about the agricultural side of grapes.  The fellow, who must have been in his mid 30s, told us of his love for the vineyards and how he spends his nights with the grapes rather than at bars or clubs.

This was the first time in a while that my positive experiences in Israel, on a day-to-day basis, overwhelmingly outweighed the negative ones.  Maybe its time to leave Jerusalem.  Or maybe this was a rare exception to the rule.  It’s probably a good idea to leave Jerusalem anyway.  Someone else can live in my hot, noisy, overpriced apartment for two years before they come to the same conclusion.

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1 Comment »

  1. I’m glad to read something positive for a change – I look forward to reading more positive items in your blog in the near future – ima

    Comment by Ima — June 3, 2007 @ 12:53 pm | Reply


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