Hi, my name is Madeleine Tasini. I am fresh out of those days of writing long papers, studying for hours in a library, meeting friends who make me smile and laugh, and having the chance to walk down the aisle to grab my diploma. I was so tired of seeing paint peel off walls, reading books for hours, staying tucked inside this bubble that I needed to get out. I needed to explore how to turn the page inside my black and white world. I decided that I didn’t want to live in boring red, white, and blue USA but live in Israel.

But, how was the question? Let’s first back track to my junior year of college. During my junior year of college, I decided to study abroad in Hanoi, Vietnam. I was surrounded by a big lake, millions of people speaking in Vietnamese, music popped in my ear, while I embracing this whole new dragon. I was embracing my new pink soul finding my new stepping stone. My new stepping stone was my  best friend named, Chi who I met in the middle of a stream of people sitting at a café. My white bird kept chirping in my ear to just go, experience the blue spirit inside the gold keys to find your own gold bridge.

I had to keep exploring to find the true riches sparkling in people who lived in ancient walls during red bloody war days, to people who lived in Vietnam since they were one and to find my own golden keys inside new white spirit. I was seeing a new gold light streaming in my heart when I taught a student English in Vietnam. His name is Ming. He speaks fluent Vietnamese but his English was another story. He knew how to say, “Hi, how are you?” and basic things but he wanted to learn new letters, new words, and fit into culture back in America. I would go over to their house for hours and he would explain about his monsters that he built. He would say, “Look at this new monster I made from blue, yellow, red, green logos. It has a black sword, a black eye mask. He will be the next Batman.” He had black hair, short legs, and a smile that lit up for miles. He would clap his hands and bells went off. I knew after I finished teaching him how to build his new yellow brick road in the US that I wanted to teach English in Israel.

I have lived in Beersheba these past five months. I have fallen in love with this city and the people who live here. I had to find a way to explore my new stepping stone in Beersheba Israel knowing that someday I will create my own path. It turns out I did.