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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Off the Road

I finally got my car off the road. Driving around in a 2-seat convertible in the middle of winter really doesn't make any sense. Especially not when you are dirt poor, and the insurance is sky high.
Since it's now officially off the road, my premium will drop from something like 100EURO per month to about 5. All thanks to the wonderful garage that we have here. It was occupied previously by a car that didn't run, put there by god knows who. That car was swiftly moved, by hand, by us, and wedged into the garage beside my car. Ample space for me, and dry to boot!
It's another load off my back, since I don't have to worry about where to put it, or if it's going to be damaged during winter.

Last night was Russian night at Yana's place. We had some special Russian meal which consisted of ground beef in a bread-like covering, that was boiled. It wasn't great, but now I can at least say that I tried. After dinner we sat around the water pipe (Israeli import, apparently), and smoked a bit and talked about various things.
Tonight has the makings of yet another BBQ night. We're firing up the grill in about 45 minutes, and if luck holds, we'll have at least one guest, and a pretty one at that.
Denis bough a huge carp at the market on Saturday that we're going to throw on the grill, and we have some other meats as well. It's a very strange feeling that nothing is open on a Sunday. Whatever plans you have for Sunday needs to be made at least one day in advance. No spur of the moment thing here, no sir.
They also don't have any 24-hour stores. No 7-11, no nothing. There's one hole-in-the-wall (literally) where you can get food at almost any hour, but it's limited to burgers and fries. Fittingly, it's called "de muur", which means "the wall". It was a real family day today, we fixed the car, the bikes, and cleaned our back side. All in all a very productive day. Now for some Israeli trance and some more work before we start dinner!


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