Saturday, December 31, 2005

First batch of pictures

I've put the first batch of pictures up. I'll be putting more up over the next few days and hopefully I'll get other people from the Birthright trip to add their pictures as well.

It's Shabbat here in Israel, and I'm in Tel Aviv. Where I want to be is a town right smack between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Needless to say, the buses don't run on Shabbat so it will be an interesting challenge.

I've been reflecting a bit more on how amazing the trip has been so far and what a change it is from being on a scheduled bus tour to trying to find my own way around. Both certainly have their benefits and drawbacks. So far, I've been able to get by in English with the odd difficulty here and there. I'm sure it will get more challenging as I travel more on my own, but OTOH I'll hopefully have picked up a bit more Hebrew by the time the trip is over.

Chag Samach and happy New Years.

Friday, December 30, 2005

First post from Israel

Well, here I am in Israel in the house of my cousin, his wife and their little boy. The past ten days in Israel have been an amazing blur of people, places, and emotions; an exhasting experience to say the least. Now that the first "tour" phase of my trip is over I'll hopefully be able to relax a bit more. Birthright is an amazing experience, one I'd recommend to anyone who hasn't done a group tour of Israel. Our tour leaders were amazing, and they really tried to show us as much of Israel as they could within the time given. Our group really bonded from the start with everyone getting along with everyone else. I'll speak more on the trip later once I've collected my thoughts a bit more. In the mean time, check out some photos on the Canada Israel Experience website.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

More on the latest Libranet update

From reading the Libranet Forum it seems that some people don't quite understand why I am taking a break from Libranet. With what I've been through in the last two years I'm just plain burned out. I'm not productive right now. Any work trying to develop and maintain Libranet would just be counter productive at this point, so I'm taking a break. I'll see how things look next year. One thing I know for sure is that I'm not going to continue Libranet as a small 1, 2 or 3 person project, so if Libranet does continue in a different form that the way things have been done until this point. I also may decide that I don't want to continue with Libranet at which point it will be a matter of deciding what to do with the Libranet tools and resources. I'm being upfront about this because I think the Libranet community will be stronger with a better idea of what the future might hold. I wish that there were some easier way through this time, but I have to work with reality, and the reality is that I need time to clear my head before moving forward.