And welcome to my blog about my future adventures in Israel. If you don't already know, I have been accepted to an internship with Bank HaPoalim in Israel. According to them, they are Israel's largest bank (I think it's almost a tie between them and Bank Leumi.) I will most likely be working in corporate finance (if I get my top choice, among five areas that I can pick from,) which should be interesting, considering I've been trying to stay away from finance ever since I took it last semester (just kidding, Professor Pierce!) My internship will be from June 18-August 11, so it should be enough time for me to garner some impressions of Israel outside of two trips that I've taken that have been very tourist-centric. It will also give me a chance to practice my Hebrew (Ani mekevah she haIsraelim yidabru iti b'ivrit, lo b'anglit kmo hem osu b'avar!) Needless to say, I am extremely excited.
However, as with all great adventures, not all is well. There are huge monetary issues that, as a future economist, I theoretically should have no trouble tackling. The internship does pay a stipend, but there are still airfaire fees and housing, which brings me to my next point. If you know of any place I can stay in Tel Aviv for that time span, please let me know! I will pay for a cardboard box next to the bank! I am rather desperate. So for the time being, I am just trying to save up money for the trip and to analyze how I can pack light. For women, this is no easy task. After all, I AM going to need at least 7 pairs of shoes, right?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog (which will probably be done weekly-I don't know what my computer situation in Israel is yet, but I'm sure I'll go to a cafe at least once a week.) and please leave me lots of comments!