I have officially been living here in Palestine for almost three weeks! The time has truly flown by! Everyday I am learning more and more Arabic and am able to understand phrases and conversations that I otherwise would not have been able to crack during my first couple days. I am living with the most wonderful host family imaginable! Mary and Tony are a little slice of heaven. Since I come from a Palestinian background, they are the spitting image of my Sita and Sido back in America. Mary always cooks the most delicious food and offers to do my laundry and anything else I need. Thankfully she speaks some English and Tony is practically fluent in English so I never have any problems communicating. They repeatedly remind me to "Treat this like my home." Gradually Mary has allowed me to become more independent and I have started to prepare my own food and can grab whatever I want out of the refrigerator when I'm hungry. They also have the most gorgeous view of Bethlehem from their roof. Upstairs from the first floor of their house is a garden roof! The roof is Tony's sanctuary. Every morning and evening he slips up there to tend to his garden full of fresh veggies and herbs. He always comes downstairs with a flower in hand for me or any guest visiting the house. He also has pet pigeons and a dog named Tequila. I am really grateful for getting to live with my host family. They are so kind and generous and I have even managed to bond with their grandchildren who visit frequently. They have managed to make me feel very at home in a place that is easily the farthest place I've ever been from my home. They are so hospitable and gracious and I already know I am going to stay in touch with them long after this program ends.