I smell like sour milk. After spending the last three afternoons at the beach in Tel Aviv I have a wicked sun burn. Aloe and cold showers were helping but today during class I still felt like I was on fire. One of the Russians in my class who speaks a little English suggested I put yogurt on my skin because that is supposed to cool and provide healing moisture after burns. One of my Israeli friends suggested I do the same. So I went to the little corner market and bought 9% yogurt. I have no idea what percentage it is at home but 9% was the highest fat content available here. I was sure the yogurt was going to curdle when it hit my back and shoulders. So thanks to my yogurt bath I still smell like sour milk now. I even doused myself with aloe after rinsing all the yogurt off, but that hasn't helped get rid of the sour milk smell. I do admit the yogurt did help a lot so the odor is worth it. It also serves as a reminder to be careful in this Middle Eastern sun! Olga told me no more studying by the yahm (sea)!
On Sunday Carmella is teaching my class again. No English in class sure has forced me to pay close attention. I can usually understand Olga's instructions and examples now because she is so good about only using words that she has taught. It is still really overwhelming because sometimes although she does speak very slowly, sometimes it is not slowly enough for me to keep up. It is also frustrating because if she is explaining a particular tense or grammatical concept and any explanation or clarification is given, it is given in Russian. A new friend of mine loaned me the book Hebrew for Dummy's. It doesn't actually have any Hebrew in the book at all but it gives clear, basic grammar explanations so hopefully it can help fill in some missing grammar principles for me.
There are some construction workers renovating the apartment next to me. Today I sat in the bathroom by the window and listened to the construction workers decide how to replace the window after changing a wall. Sometimes I got lost in the conversation because I didn't understand enough words but it was good practice.