Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

1 Jan

Skull-stone on beach

"Alien Skull on the Surface of the Moon," sculpted by Mother Nature.

Last night was one of our quietest New Year’s Eve’s ever. Not that we are in the habit of rocking out on New Year’s but there were no public fireworks that we know of and neither could we find any local New Year’s broadcasts with a countdown to midnight. We went out to dinner then came home to watch a movie (Mao’s Last Dancer). We let the cable box serve as our New Year’s Eve Ball ala Times Square. As we toasted each other with champagne we heard a couple firecrackers go off at a neighbor’s place. Then all was quiet as we toddled off to bed.

Our last meal of 2011 and first meal of 2012 were eaten out. Last night we had dinner at Sebastian, a restaurant in the industrial zone of Herzliya Pituach. It had been recommended when we first moved here over a year ago and we decided to finally try it. The appetizer and dessert were wonderful; our mains, however, were only fair.

We had breakfast at a local fave, Yankale, a small independent cafe on DeShalit Square. We each had our preferred version of shakshuka — B. had the classic version, while I had the spinach. Yummy as usual! We then took an invigorating walk on the beach. I was scouring the beach for sea glass or, the more rare, Roman glass but all I saw were the usual sea shells and lots of beach detritus. There are, however, some lovely sea sculpted rocks on the shore and we gathered up a couple of fine examples of nature’s artwork.

Back home for a lazy day of movies and web surfing (we need to research our daytrip to Masada tomorrow). We’ve only a couple Italian cookies left to munch on but lots of pizzelles remain. Brad will make our traditional New Year’s dinner: pork loin roast with sauerkraut and homemade spaetzle.

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