February 14, 2013

What more could a girl ask for?

This is the first year I've had a Valentine!
Our celebration of Valentine's Day has been a bit unorthodox.
This morning, Itzik got me a B1 Working Visa for the State of Israel.
I gave him a photo and homemade chocolate-covered strawberries...

His gift was better.

Yep- I am now a legal resident of the State of Israel...with permission to work!
As I've mentioned before, if you aren't Jewish but are dating an Israeli you can apply for the "girlfriend visa".
This morning, Itzik and I went to the Ministry of the Interior for our interviews, the final stage of the process.
So, on Valentine's Day, I was interrogated about my relationship to prove its legitimacy in order to receive working papers.
You know, average V-Day stuff.

All kidding aside, this is a huge moment for us. It's not every day that you can actually feel the gears of your life shifting. We climbed the mountain of Israeli bureaucracy and emerged victorious. And, I have to admit that its seriously cool to have a working visa in another country...the novelty is still there for me sometimes.

And lest we forget Valentines' past...I stumbled upon some familiar (yet apropos) graffiti the other day...

Remember this?
I see these hearts all the time, but rarely stop to photograph them anymore.
How crazy that last year at this time I was avoiding finals by chasing hearts around the city, and I was about a month away from meeting the love of my life. 
What a difference a year makes.

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