This weekend was very busy. check out my Facebook page: Kanika Staten for photos and videos or this weekend.
Friday: Ran in the Bethlehem 5k with Amy and Dalia. I am not sure exactually when we started so it is hard to know how well I did. But as far as I know I ran a 44 minute 5K. Which is about where I was when I first started running cross-country. It not a competitive time at all. But that time is about 8 minute 48 sec 1K splits. I would ideally like to be running 6 minute 12 sec mile splits. But I am not sure I can shave off 2 minutes and 10 secs off my splits in one month. But I am not super concerned about. I want to do the best I can realistically based on my current injuries and physical fitness.
Had breakfast at Dalia’s house with her and Amy, in Bethlehem. I was amazing.
Lunch at Mishleen’s house. Visited with her family. It was great. I made a new friend with Mishleen’s granddaughter, Elain. She is a very happy baby with a smile so big it looks like it would hurt. SO contagious.
Cleaned parts of my house.
First meeting for the film animation club. It went well. I am hoping there will be time to do another film. I told them the length that we are aiming so we will see how long we will make it. The max I am willing to do is 10-15 minutes because of the time it takes to edit. The longer the film, the longer it can take to edit.
Meet an awesome woman here to plant trees. It is a symbolic and pragmatic political statement that fights against the Israeli occupation of the West. Message me if you want more details about this. Or maybe that can be a later post. Talked with two awesome locals. One if doing his Ph.D and offered some very valuable advice on how to focus interests and thoughts and what the criterion are for the program.
Clare had diner with me. I cooked curried veggies and Dahl soup. It was awesome.
Me and Clare saw a documentary about murals around the world that relate to trauma and conflict. We, as was the majority of the group, were very critical of the West Bank murals. We did not feel that the area was represented clearly as other areas of the world were. There was major consistency issue with the presentation of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the murals. The film, with its flaws is pretty awesome. I wish they had just removed the West Bank featurette section because it is so so problematic. The movie inspired me and Clare. We are at the beginning stages of a creative project with our schools. More about that later.
Me and Clare went to my host communities church.
We failed for the second time to get a hoodie from this store in Beit Jala near Bab Askak. We did have our first planning meet at Toast-R-Us with our respective latte/mocha.
We had Sushi in Bethlehem.
Failed to get a DVD from Dream DVD because like the store with hoodies, the DVD store was closed. The hoodie should was close for whatever reason. Because its sunday? Not a typical reason. And the DVD shop was close probably because it was lunch time when we went.
Then I came home, sent a bunch of email. Got organized for the week. Cooked for the week and wrote this post.