I've just gotta say, thank goodness for Skype! I'd be going crazy right now if I didn't have that thing. (It's an internet program thingy where you can use webcams and talk, live, and see each other while you do it.)
Tom finally got to Jerusalem, safe and sound. Two out of the three legs of his flight were pretty awful - very cramped, and sitting next to "big" people. In 4 days, he slept about 4 hours. When he got to Tel Aviv, he was delirious. He tried several different times, in different places, and in different planes, to get some sleep, but he just couldn't. I felt so bad for him. Oh wait, maybe I should be feeling bad for myself. I have to do the same thing soon, but WITH 2 KIDS!
(taking deep breathes...in...out...in...out....)
Anyway, I just got off Skype with him, and it looks like he has a nice little dorm room. He has his own room, and his view is amazing. Hebrew U is up on the highest mountain in Jerusalem, so it's awesome to see the city down below. His roomates seem to be nice. There are 4 Americans, and 2 Israelis.
I guess yesterday (his yesterday) was their time to go to a big shopping center and stock up on all sorts of stuff. Most people were buying sheets, pillows, dishes, food, etc., etc. You know, the basics. But not Tom.
He bought a ten pound bag of protein powder.
He said the lady at the store acted shocked anyone would actually buy it. But of course Tom would way rather spend money on that (it was mighty pricey) than basic comforts. See, he's so quirky. That's why I like him :-)