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Back in the good old US of A

After being gone for soooo long (two months) I made a nice appearance back in America. My first stop was the parental units digs (see I’m cool). It was nice to see aba and ima. I even had some fun alone time with Ima. We went to Beffs and had some super unhealthy food. I even had the privilege of going through all my stuff too see what was going to be moving to Inbar and see what was going back with me to London. Naturally I made a mess, aba was nice enough to pack it all up again:) And then the real fun started… we and by we I mean aba got to drive to OH. Aba and ima got be up at the crack ass of dawn and we started the really really long journey to OH with the UHAUL. Despite what we thought there was lots and lots of snow. There was a point in the trip where you couldn’t even see the road ahead.
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But no worries 12 hours later we made it to OH:)

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And then we unpacked the truck… and now Inbars house is a mess. I was going to help clean it up, but it was really more fun to sit around and do nothing and spend time with Inbar. And to top it all off, Inbar made me (us) homemade Pasta. How cool is that?!. Although in my short visit I was able to ruin her extension cord. Never let me blow snow again.

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Then I headed over to see Jen. It was nice to see her and hang out with puppies, lots of puppies, and relax. Sadly on Sunday I had to get back to the real world and go to training. So Jen drives me to Deloitte University (DU), and it looks like a compound, like a cult compound down to the guard station.

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Overall my time DU was. The whole compound and concept is pretty interesting. The basically built a conference centre just for Deloitte. All US training is held there and there is a hotel on the premises. So basically you spend the whole week there and your hotel and training are in one space. Way to get people to network. The interesting thing is that everything there is branded, down to the water bottle.

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Merrrry Christmassss (ok a little late but totally counts)

So Im a little late but whatever. So I had the fun of spending Christmas in London this year. It was fun, not the same as spending it in Israel but still fun. There where a lot of decorations all around since I moved here, mostly it was just fun to see.

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One of the cool things in the UK is that they have these Christmas crackers. They are these little things that two people hold and then they tug. Kind of like a turkey wishbone. The person who gets the larger part gets the prize inside. The prizes can range from some small token to really expensive ones. Either way, its really fun.

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I was hoping to go to Christmas Eve mass at Westminster Abbey since we are so close to each other but alas you need to get tickets for that and I didn’t act fast enough:( However, I spent Christmas volunteering. I had assumed that they would be short volunteers since it was such a big holidays but they had plenty. I decided to spend my time at Crisis at Christmas. Its a pretty cool organization, what they do is they take over buildings that are empty over the Christmas to New Year period (schools, abandoned buildings, etc.) and they set up a shelter. People that normally live on the street can come and spend the holiday period in a warm shelter. As a part of the shelter they offer some services such as hair cuts, showers, doctors visits, and resources to get off the streets. It was really cool. I spent 8 hours there on the 25th and the 26th and it was pretty awesome just to see it all come together. Will deff do this again next year.

The day after Christmas here is called Boxing day. The only thing that I could compare it too is Black Friday. There are sales EVERYWHERE. I headed over to Oxford Street, the main shopping street before heading over the shelter just to see what it was like. And you know what it was like? Insanity! People where waiting in line just to get into the stores. Once you made it inside it was crazy stuff was just thrown everywhere and people where grabbing. But in true British fashion there was a nice long que of people waiting to pay.

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