University of Haifa International School Student Blog
Another week in Haifa has gone by, and even after being in Haifa for two months I am having new experiences. This week there are two very specific things that happened that are significant because they can really only happen in Haifa.
I went and met up with an older friend in the German Colony of Haifa. We went to a restaurant called Dream Nemo which had one of the largest menus of any restaurant I have ever been too, and this is an all sea food restaurant. And it was really good. But the significance of this night was the view of the mountain. I am so used to looking down on Haifa from the top where the University is located, but it is very different being in the middle level of the mountain and looking up. The Bahai Gardens, which sit atop the German Colony, are all lit up at night and create a beautiful view over the main street of the German Colony. After dinner I went back to this friend’s apartment to hang out for a while and his porch overlooks the port where a cruise ship had come into dock the night before. Being at a place to be able to look up onto a beautiful garden and down onto a busy port is truly something unique about this city.
My next new experience came courtesy of the good weather we had this last week. I had a large chunk of free time and it was a beautiful sunny day so I decided to go sit outside of Greg’s Café on the university campus. There is a large patch of green space there with many benches and bean bag chairs. When I got there it was somewhat empty, but as classes ended and the lunchtime bloc started it filled up very quickly. What was special about this time was not the green or the people, but the sounds. To my left I heard people speaking to each other in Arabic. To my right I heard people speaking in Hebrew. In front of me on a stage a DJ set up and started playing American pop music, followed by songs in both Hebrew and Arabic. This mix of languages and cultures is rare to find in Israel, and mixes so normally nowhere I have been outside of Haifa.
It was a weird experience for me because it was so normal to have so many languages being spoken in such close proximity to one another while the entire atmosphere was one of relaxing and friendship and hanging out between classes.
That was my week, stay tuned to hear about next week.