Healthy and Sane

Getting to Israel

August 30th, 2009 · 17 Comments · running, Uncategorized

I’m finally in Israel! I’m using dial-up internet (eek, blogger’s nightmare) and the time difference is making me slightly zombie-like, but I’m happy to be here. Even the flight was surprisingly easy, thanks to all the “entertainment” I brought with me:

The personal tv screen that was in front of me was pretty awesome too. I’ve never seen this kind before. You could start and pause movies, shows, music and even computer games any time. I watched Duplicity and The Soloist at some point, which killed over 4 hours right there. Sweet :)

What else was sweet? This crazy mullet on the guy we saw in line for check-in in Newark:

Why would anyone in their right mind want this haircut? Beats me 😉 I was trying to be all undercover taking this shot, so I snapped a photo of my sister and she did the same for me:

The food was the airplane special – kind of bluh, with a few edible items:

I never touched the dinner “entree” portion of this meal. The chicken did not look appetizing (and my sister bit the bullet and tasted it for us… it got 2 thumbs down), and the pasta around it was soggy and nasty. The salad was surprisingly yummy. Not sure what the grains in there where, but the peppers on top made everything super spicy and we both loved it. Combine that with a bread roll and a brownie, that was my Saturday night dinner. Nice, heh?

Mid-flight snacks included these babies (the KIND bar was from a personal stash, the granola bars were available on the flight):

And breakfast close to arrival was this fun combo:

This is actually all the “side dishes” that came with breakfast. The choices were “eggs or cereal” but I thought this was enough food as is. I ate all the fruit (+ a little more that I got from our neighbor) + croissant + 2/3 of the muffin. Everything was quite yummy. Could be the 9 hours in the air though 😕

Oh did I mention I ran 10 miles before the flight? No? Hehe. It was awesome! My sister and I ran to Brooklyn, got lost there for a bit, and then ran a little more on the lower east side. It was raining but we didn’t care. These long runs give me such a high for the rest of the day, I just can’t get enough of them!!! I hit a wall a little after 6 miles but my sister got me threw it. Since we got a little lost, there was also a bit more walking than usual (actually I never really walk during my runs) but my average was still 9:51 minute/miles and I’m cool with that. It’s not really about speed on those long runs. I’m just happy to finish strong, and that we did :mrgreen:

Post workout fuel: scooped out whole wheat bagel with cream cheese, lox, tomato and dill. Perfection!

This post by Eve inspired me to ask them to scoop out the inside of my bagel. I thought I was going to miss the insides but I was wrong. The crunchy/chewy top is the best part of the bagel and this way everything was well contained inside instead of spilling out. I’m definitely going to start doing it more often!

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Not sure how much downtime I’ll have here but I’ll definitely try to fit a few more posts in with my Israeli eats 😀

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17 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Eve

    I’m so happy that you tried the scooped out bagel and glad that you liked it!! I never miss the inside, and trust me I’m a dough lover :)

    Enjoy your time in Israel!

  • #2 - Shannon

    Glad you made it safe and sound! And an awesome run beforehand, way to go! Enjoy your trip :)

  • #3 - Kate G.

    Ohhh plane food… how unfortunate… haha.

    I can’t wait to see your Israeli eats and the rest of your trip! Thanks for posting about the bagel idea, you are right the outside is the best part!

    Kate G.

  • #4 - K

    Glad you made it! Plane food is never good – glad you’ve got a stash of the bloggers stand bys!

    Enjoy your time there!!

  • #5 - Lee

    Have a great trip!

  • #6 - Adam

    Glad to see you’re still blogging from overseas!

    Can you come home soon? There’s only so many kinds of sandwiches I can make for myself :)

  • #7 - Elina

    Eve, thanks for convincing me to try it :)

    Adam, I miss you!!!!!!!!

  • #8 - Jenna (WholeBodyLove)

    Plane food is normally gross, I agree. I can’t wait to see your eats from Israel though!

  • #9 - Shannon

    Have a wonderful vacation! And congratulations on a great run!

  • #10 - Lauren

    Glad you arrive in Israel! Have a wonderful time over there :)

    CONGRATS on the 10 miler!!! What a fantastic accomplishment!

    I used to scoop out the insides of bagels in college – the only caveat is that it’s easy to mindlessly pile on the fillings in the “open” space, but it looks like you were mindful :). I’ll have to start doing this again!

  • #11 - Sara

    I’ve never commented but felt compelled to when I read that you’re coming to Israel. I live here, in Jerusalem to be exact. I hope you enjoy your stay here! It is a beautiful and fascinating country.

  • #12 - Elina

    Sara, I went to middle school in Kfar Saba so I feel like we’re kind of home here :)

  • #13 - Sara

    welcome home!

  • #14 - Nicole

    Have a great vacation, Elina! Love the mullet picture. I also loved the tip about the bagel. Why have I never thought of that? Thanks again.

    -Nicole

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  • #16 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Wow, 10 miles?! No wonder you enjoyed the flight–no guilt with sitting like I would normally have! That is awesome. And I have never seen an interactive screen like that. Very cool. What did you think of Duplicity? I was diappointed :(
    Glad you got there safely!

  • #17 - Elina

    Lara – I was also disappointed in Duplicity… and The Soloist too. Good thing the movies were free and I was stuck on a long flight 😉