Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Aliyah: The Small Things

It's funny how when it comes to thinking about aliyah, it's the small things that I can't help but thinking about. The big things like money and moving aren't even on my radar. It's happening, and it's going to be awesome.

Instead, I'm thinking about ...

  • Will my appliances work in Israel? My Kitchenaid and ice cream maker and immersion blender and food chopper? 
  • Will I be able to use my iPhone in Israel? Or is it only good in the U.S. on my current network?
  • I know beds in Israel tend to suck. Do people take their mattresses with them? 
  • There's an IKEA in Israel! YAY!
  • Where do people in Israel buy amazing English-language books? 
  • Why hasn't set up shop in Israel yet?
  • Will I be able to survive without kale in Israel? 
  • What happens to all of my mail in the U.S.? Do I need to have it sent to my family or something?
And, of course, I'm thinking about all of the things I'm going to stock up on and schlep with me to Israel, like all of my natural, organic products -- you know, lotions, soaps, vitamins, supplements, etc. 

Food? I can make my own BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, you name it. And I can do it all in Israel. I don't anticipate schlepping any food products with me to Israel. Wait, I take that back. I'm considering stocking up on Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Bread Mix and Oat Flour. 

My head's all a'whirl. In a beautiful, excited way. 

This is life, folks. And it's starting now.