Israel 2020: Day 8

So awesome going to the Bahai Gardens today in Haifa, Israel. 


Took the train to Haifa and then a taxi ride up this big hill. 


Got out at the top and not sure what to expect. 


We go through security…


And then we see this completely BREATHTAKING view of the Bahai Gardens along with an amazing view of Haifa, the port, and up and down the Mediterranean Sea. 


The view Extended all the way up to the Crusader Castle in Akko. 


The terraced Bahai Gardens were spectacular.  


I’ve never seen anything like this. 


We walked down the terraces some 700 stairs. 


And along the way were fountains, gardens, and more beautiful landscapes and views. 


This is definitely something to see (thank you Hashem for this opportunity). 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Israel 2020: Day 6

Did a nice beach walk from Tel Aviv to Jaffa. 


It was sunny and warm out. 


Lots of people exercising, running, and enjoying the outdoors. 


The blue Mediterranean Sea, the white sand, and breeze in the air was lovely. 


Even a funny statue of former Prime Minister Ben-Gurion doing a headstand as he used to do in his fitness routine. 


Shabbat is a good time to stop and take that much needed walk on the beach. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

How Fish Come Up To Breathe

This was one of the most interesting facts that I learned recently.

Dolphins needs to come up to the surface to get air to breathe. 

But how do they do this when they sleep?

The answer is that only part of their brain sleeps at a time, so that they can continue to rise to the surface for air 24/7. 

Part of their brain sleeps while the other part stays awake. 

I think that this truly happens with people too. 

If you have ever been overtired, your brain still needs to sleep. 

At some point, you can literally feel part of your brain go to sleep even as the rest is awake to do what it needs to do (even at suboptimal functioning). 

This is beyond fascinating how G-d created us to adapt and survive. 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Nature Boy

When I was a kid and I went to the supermarket with my mom, I remember always seeing the “Andy Boy Broccoli” in the produce aisle. 


Of course, I was always curious why Broccoli was called Andy Boy–what boy or any kid for that matter likes to eat broccoli???


And like most things in life, there really wasn’t a good answer except that this company, “Andy Boy” grows and distributes it. 


Anyway, I was always a nature boy feeling most at home and at peace in the countryside. 


I love being in nature, surrounded by G-d’s amazing beauty, and at one with the universe and with G-d.  


In building all our great cities, buildings, and structures, aside from the crowding, pollution, crime and traffic that we have consequently, we have also lost something elementary to our lives with the absence of real nature. 


A park is not a forest.  A pond is not a river.  A plant is a not a lush valley.  A garden is not a farm.  A hill is not a mountain range.  A pet is not a teeming ecosystem of diverse life.  


The city is man made and fake, but nature is from G-d and real. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Eyewash Smiley

Had to take a second look at this eyewash station with the bright yellow caps.

I suppose this is good if you get something in your eye(s) and need to flush it out. 

Are the yellow caps supposed to be for keeping the faucets clean and unobstructed. 

Whole thing looks a little like a face:  the yellow caps are the eyes, the big center faucet is the nose, and the sink basic the big mouth. 

Maybe just my imagination, but I think it’s saying “there are too many cooks in this kitchen, get the h*ll out!” 🙂

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up (LOL)

After all the work is said and done…


And there is still so much more that I earnestly hope and pray to accomplish with my life.


Perhaps, then, when I am all grown up, I can have some time to be a sun bum too. 


Everyone deserves a little fun. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Lifeguard Needs A Lifeguard

So I thought this was a funny story the lifeguard told me.


The guards are required to renew their lifeguard certification every two years. 


When I asked if he swims, he said “not regularly” and then when I asked if he exercises, he said half-jokingly: “I sleep, eat, and drink!”


But then he told me about the lifeguard exam and a couple of people who should’ve never been taking the test. 


One lady gets waist deep into the pool, and the proctor tells the lady to swim to the other side of the pool and back. Instead of swimming, she starts crying hysterically that she doesn’t know how to swim!


Another guy was swimming funny with his arms flailing and his butt out of the water. When the proctor asked him what was up with that and to show him what was hiding under his trunks, the guy showed him that he was wearing an inflatable plastic band under his pants. 


Fail, fail, fail–these are life endangering guards, NOT “lifeguards!”  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)