So we returned home, and are back in the south of Israel.
We left DC a day before the biggest snow storm in years began, and found in Israel exhausting heat in the middle of “winter”. It was quite a change… But the rains from a few days before left amazing dirt formations in the desert.

Soon after we returned it was Purim, a Jewish holiday in which the kids dress up in costumes. We were staying with my sister in Lehavim so I got some pictures of the kids – Shira is a Native American Indian, Maya is a bee and Roy is Darth Maul from Star Wars (and he slashed Itai with his lightsaber..)

Some final arrangements in DC before leaving…

Here are some pics we have from our last month in DC. We spent as much time as we could walking around, enjoying everything DC has to offer.

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Don Pedro is gone :(

After over a month in the garage, we finally got the car back. Less than 24 hours later we had to say our goodbyes to Don Pedro and set him free with his new owner, Ethan, who was patient enough  to wait for the garage saga to finish.
We are happy to sell it finally, but also sad to set part from our lovely mule.
You served us well, and we will always remember your great service for  us and your strong reliable character.

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Snowed in!

This weekend storm broke all records for December snowfall!

Flights were canceled, the Metro lines were only running underground, and shopping was suspended (on the weekend before Christmas!).

It was snowing all night Friday and all day Saturday, but Sunday (today) is sunny and bright. Too bright!

More snow action on a white-white Sunday

Happy Hanukkah!!!!

We had a busy Hanukkah:

made sufganiyot, got a great Hanukkah Menorah, had a few candle lightings with good friends…

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Karaoke delight

Oren got us all singing in public… We went karaoke-ing at a bar near Dupont.

Well, Oren was… full of energy, as always. The crowd loved his act.

Kristine is just not fair cause she’s a wonderful singer with a beautiful voice – it was embarrassing to go up after her!!

But we did. It was funny, and horrible. Itai can carry a tune, I can’t.

The song we chose was super appropriate – Girl/Boys by Blur (“girls who like boys, who like boys, who like girls, to be girls, like they’re boys – always should be someone you really loooooove” – it was a GAY bar!)

First Snow!

One day, it just started snowing!
It didn’t accumulate, but it was pretty…
The next day we walked around Georgetown; it was a sunny day but soooooo cold.

Georgetown is so beautiful with the Christmas decorations and a huge tree.
Kristine also has a big (real!) tree in her house – so beautiful.

At the Kennedy Center they had the annual Merry TubaChristmas performance. It was the 36th year in which lots and lots of tuba players filled the Millennium Stage and part of the floor as well, and lots and lots of people filled the rest of the place completely – people were sitting and standing everywhere!
The tubas played traditional Christmas songs and everyone sang along.
The acoustics were horrible and we were way in back… and we don’t know the songs either, so we sufficed with a few minutes of enjoying the crowd and the good vibes.

Shadows (in some memorial I forgot the name of it – they all look the same)

“Somethin’ tells me it’s all happening at the zoo”

Rock Creek Park goes from right near our apartment, all the way to the back entrance of the zoo.

The zoo is part of the Smithsonian, so it’s free.

Surprisingly, even though the sun was out and shining, most animals preferred to stay inside. Still, it was a fun visit and the ride through Rock Creek Park was an added bonus.

Oh, and that same morning we looked outside our window and saw two people dangling from our building! We forgot that it was “window cleaning day at the Bader”!

Everyone is asked to close all windows, and these guys are cleaning them from the outside.

Another sunny Sunday – Great Falls, MD style

Still sunny!

Since our vehicle pass to Great Falls was good for three days, we decided to enjoy another sunny day outside, this time checking out the Falls from the Maryland side. Kristine had just returned from her Thanksgiving family gathering, so we brought here along to enjoy some sun.

On the way we passed Glen Echo, and since Mary-Jeanne and Nick told us about it and it was right on our way, we stopped there.

Glen Echo Park was turned into an amusement park in the beginning of the 20th century. The only ride still operating (summers only) is the famous carousel from 1921, which features “8 horses, 2 chariots, 4 rabbits, 4 ostriches, a lion, a tiger, a giraffe, and a prancing deer” (we didn’t count – it says so in Wikipedia).

From Glen Echo we continued to Great Falls. The Maryland side is actually nicer than the Virginia side, we thought.

On the Maryland side we walked near the C&O Canal (Chesapeake and Ohio Canal) – this is the Canal built to avoid the Falls, which were an impediment to river use, and it goes all the way to Georgetown inside DC, right near our apartment.

The Canal was empty, surprisingly, but the walk was pleasant and the way to Great Falls was beautiful.