Seven months now in Haifa and it feels like home…. The noisy traffic no longer makes me jump, people smile at me in recognition in my neighbourhood, the local cats all approach me hoping for hand-outs, people ask me if the bus has come by yet….in Hebrew!…maybe I look Jewish? But here in Haifa there is no such thing, as everyone is a mixture of something else. There are people whose families have lived here for so many generations they cannot trace them…and those from Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Russia…..and New York! I know I’m leaving out LOTS! You can hear people speaking Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and Filipino on their cell phones…. The buses are full of such entertainment!! Not to mention the fashion shows! Have come to a land of stone houses….from the land of wooden construction. Stone is cooler, smooth or sculpted, textured, ancient…. I LOVE looking at stonework here. Have a series of just “stone” photos – they are as varied as flowers!