About Amy Odell

Blogging Birthright: Day 5, or Sojourning with Soldiers

By February 4, 2008

Eight Israeli soldiers join us after breakfast: Four girls and four boys. Our tour guide Offer and our counselors prepare us for their arrival ahead of time with what seems like an unnecessary lecture. It takes them about an hour … Read More

Blogging Birthright: Day 4, or Falling in Love with Israel at Masada

By February 1, 2008

We wake at 4:45 to climb Masada for sunrise. It’s a bit cloudy so the sun isn’t as spectacular as I'd hoped, but it's spectacular enough to inspire me to snap about 7,000 pictures of it. I’m supremely irked by … Read More

Blogging Birthright: Day 3, or Judaism Vs. Feminism at the Western Wall

By February 1, 2008

In Europe you see 500 year-old shit. In Israel you see 2,000 year-old shit. Today we’re at such a spot: The Western Wall in Jerusalem. Our tour guide Offer calls it the place “closest to God on Earth” and “the … Read More

Blogging Birthright: Day 2, or Is This Really My Homeland?

By January 30, 2008

It’s day two and we’re at the “Mega Event,” which is a show and dance party held for every Birthright group currently in Israel. (They come from all over: Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the UK. Not every Birthright group attends a … Read More

Blogging Birthright: Day 1, or Orthodox Hippies & Badass Babes

By January 29, 2008

I find a BFF at the airport, which is somewhat of a relief. Her name is Ashley, she’s from Louisiana, and she has an enviable southern lilt that makes all of her words sound like they end in “L.” She’s … Read More

Blogging Birthright: The Best Things in Life Are Free?

By January 29, 2008

Tomorrow I’m embarking on my first trip to Israel, with 39 people I’ve never met. The only part of the trip I planned was my bus ride from Manhattan to Newark airport, which is about as exciting as watching two … Read More

Break Fast Tapas: Tortilla Espanola

Break Fast Tapas: Tortilla Espanola
By September 19, 2007

Tortilla Espanola is the Spanish version of an omelet. You'll find it everywhere, even in Spanish 7/11s on the highway. At its most traditional it's nothing more than potatoes, onions, eggs, a little olive oil, and salt, though you could … Read More

Break Fast Tapas: Gazpacho

Break Fast Tapas: Gazpacho
By September 19, 2007

When I went to Spain in July, I ate gazpacho every day. In hot climes, there's nothing more refreshing for lunch. In Spain they don't serve the chunky salsa-style we typically see here. They blend it until it reaches a … Read More