Hey everyone- hope you're enjoying your Saturday wherever it is you may be. It's been about 2 months since I've made the move out to Israel and it's been a wonderful experience both on and off the field.
It didn't take me long too long to get acclimated to the culture and way of life (huge shoutout and thanks to my cousins being here to help me along the way). I haven't had a chance to travel around the country as much as I had hoped because of my busy soccer schedule, but I've spent some time in Tel Aviv and explored around the city that I live in, Netanya. Tel Aviv's scene reminds me a lot of Brooklyn- varieties of restaurants, coffee shops, and shops scattered in every direction of the city, water front with the Mediterranean Sea, and hipster vibes. Netanya on the other hand is very different. There is a heavy Russian and French influence and is much more spread out, but still easily accessible through public transit. The main attraction out here is having the beach so close (5 minute walk from my apartment) and that it is much less congested than Tel Aviv. Nevertheless, Tel Aviv is a short 30 minute drive (depending on traffic) or quick train ride away.
Soccer has been going great too. We've finally managed to climb out from the bottom of the table (club got pinned with -11 points to start the season due to financial problems) and we've been on a roll, which I hope that we can maintain as the season winds down.
Two weeks ago, an incident occurred during an away game where our fans were victimized by opposing fans who threw stones at them. The game was forced to stop in the 80th minute due to our fans storming the field for safety with the opposing teams' security inability to put a stop to the mayhem. Luckily, no fans or players were seriously injured. The event made national news and 2 weeks later is still a topic of discussion amongst fans, players, and others who are involved within the soccer world here in Israel. The verdict on the outcome of the game was that we would replay the game at a neutral site in 2 weeks.
These 2 months have flown by with a blink of an eye. I miss my family, Natalie, and most of all, KYRIE (my dog for those who don't know who that is). Luckily, my parents are flying out in a few weeks and then Natalie comes out shortly after that. Unfortunately, Kyrie won't be the trek out to this part of the world, but I know that he is patiently awaiting with his green ball for my return this summer.
Until next time,