2016 Year in Review

Wow. Where do I start? 2-0-1-6 you were a year for the records.

I lived in Haifa half the year, then Tel Aviv for the other half. I dug deep into my emotional health in ways I have never done before and really came to own art therapy as my calling. 2016 health wise, was not the best. Let's just say my health went majorly down hill towards the end of the year: we're talking 90 degree, San Francisco downhill. Yet amidst all the suffering, pain, grievances I find myself experiencing J-O-Y in a way I have never known and sympathizing/empathizing in a way I could not have done before. Thankful 2016 is over, yet looking back, I can say I am overall humbled and grateful. I ate some really good food in 2016 (and continue to do so), met some really rad people, had thee best roommates, and I grew quite a bit. 

Dorm room at University of Haifa

Dorm room at University of Haifa

Dorm life

Dorm life

Haifa Roomies--Love these guys

Haifa Roomies--Love these guys

Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art Projects with Michaela

Art Projects with Michaela

More art projects with Michaeala

More art projects with Michaeala

Tel Aviv with Amanda

Tel Aviv with Amanda

Hadar on a Friday--local super market in Haifa I would go to every week

Hadar on a Friday--local super market in Haifa I would go to every week

Went to Haifa beach a ton in 2016

Went to Haifa beach a ton in 2016

Haifa sunset

Haifa sunset

yoga and runs at the beach too

yoga and runs at the beach too

Good food, good conversations

Good food, good conversations

In March a friend and I worked on a project together

Paint layers

Paint layers

Camera obscura

Camera obscura

In April some friends and I rented a car and drove all around Israel. The diverse landscape here blows my mind. 

Masada

Masada

En Gedi, Solomon's Columns

En Gedi, Solomon's Columns

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

Galilee 

Galilee 

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Banias Falls

Banias Falls

Masada

Masada

Passover 2016, all wheat products are covered at the stores in plastic. 

Passover 2016, all wheat products are covered at the stores in plastic. 

In July I went home for a wee bit

While home I had the opportunity to be a photo assistant for a handbag website

While home I had the opportunity to be a photo assistant for a handbag website

I got to see Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room. Wow!

I got to see Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room. Wow!

Spend time with friends

Spend time with friends

And family

And family

I had a long layover in Madrid on the way back to Israel and decided to go explore.

Madrid layover

Madrid layover

Guess where Dora is?

Guess where Dora is?

Day Trip to Akko

A few months after I was back in Israel I moved to Tel Aviv

New Apartment

New Apartment

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

In October, a good friend, Layla, came to visit from Japan.

Layla

Layla

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

I got to hold a puppy on the train, on my birthday!

I got to hold a puppy on the train, on my birthday!

November was the start of my health decline

ER visit

ER visit

Scars series. Self portrait.

Scars series. Self portrait.

December

Christmas with the Munayer's

Christmas with the Munayer's

Jack and Rawan's wedding