Yes, once again I hit the road for one of my mini-tours. I have to admit that I happen to love mini-tour. As in I get to go home at night and sleep in my own bed.
This time I went to Haifa. And it was not a pursuit of wonderful vistas that I had in mind. Or a quest for spiritual sustenance. I was pursuing good shoes for my kids and seeking nice modest clothing for my girls, who grew like weeds over the Summer. Since the weeds here can grow taller than me – well, you get the idea.
The one downside of life here is that for quality clothes acceptable to us we got to travel to the larger places like Bnei Brak, Tzfat, Haifa and Yerushalayim. Haifa happens to be the closest one. Since I and the girls are now on vacation due to the Jewish Holidays, and since all the girls needed “things” I decided to take all of them with me together. This meant four kids ages 12,10,3 and 1. Yes, and I thought it was going to be easy! Add tho this that two of the kids are still pretty sick (as in they cough a lot and throw up every time they cough) and you will see that this adventure was not for the fainthearted. Thank G-d, I was not in it alone. DH’s cousin, who is one of my very favorite people was meeting us there.
Incidentally – while in Haifa, I happened to stop by a book shop (I did pass up the yarn shop). There I picked up a random book and was happy to decipher a title in Hebrew – “Motherhood is not a child’s play”. Very appropriate!
We were very lucky in our hunt, found the shoes for all, and a really nice holiday outfit for DD#2. Got the everyday clothes for DD #3 and a pretty white shirt and a sweater for DD #1.
We topped up the whole experience with “All American Pizza” – yes, this is an actual name of the pizza shop. We survived hours of walking, bouts of “gimmes” and the grate shoe selection trial.
All of this was nothing compared with the magnificent view from the bus stop. It is at the top of the steep hill from which we could see a huge slice of Haifa and the gorgeous sea.
I had a four projects with me, but was only able to knit a little bit. I fixed that deficiency after I got home!