Hello, Hello !
Today I have a special treat for you, but first a little update.
Since after Tet, I have been renting a desk at Commune Café and work has been going good since. I am almost finished with the interviews, I am soon approaching the desired number of 80, but of course, as I already knew, doing interview has become addictive and I am finding myself wanting to do more!
I keep the few remaining interviews left to do for special people, famous people, VIP, Ambassadors, etc… please if you are reading this and you know someone, write me an email, I need your help!
So I sent a few emails here and there. I made a beautiful PDF presenting the project, and I crossed my fingers, waiting.
A couple weeks ago, I received a positive and very nice answer from the Israeli Embassy and an appointment was made. I met with Mrs. Chahar last Tuesday. Of course it was also the only day it rained last week…
It all started with the security check. I was met outside the Embassy, on the street, by a security officer who first took my passport and disappeared inside for 5 minutes or so, then he came back and asked me many question, who am I, why I am here, why do I have a meeting with the Ambassador herself, what is my project, why do I do that, for how long, and so on. You would not expect anything less from an Israeli governmental security officer. Security is an understandable matter for Israeli representatives, and I was just happy to experience it first hand.
We finally got inside (but not in the building yet), and we inspected my bad thoroughly. I was not allowed to bring my cell phone in and since it was raining and I wasn’t planning to photograph Mrs. the Ambassador anyway, my camera and my whole bag was left outside the building. I was allowed to take my pen and my notebook, which also got search thoroughly (I do have a lot of papers in that notebook). Then I went through a metal detector and my shoes made it ring, so I took them off, put on some (very comfy) crocks and I wasn’t making any more noise.
My passport was checked again, and I was finally invited in. walked up the stairs and I was quickly welcome by a warm and nice staff and soon after by Mrs. the Ambassador herself. The meeting went really well; the ambassador was nice and genuine. It was quite an interesting experience.
Hmmm, that could be a good story for the project where I, for once, would be the story teller; but who will take my photo ?
On another completely different subject, here is the treat, the story for today. Let me present you our dear host here at Grapevine, Brian. Thank you Brian for hosting the blog and for believing in the project !
(if you want to read his story, you have to click below)
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