Thursday, September 17, 2015

Windswept in Bondi

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For a desert-dweller like me, feeling the expansiveness and smelling the salty air of the Pacific is immensely refreshing.
And down here in the south of Australia, standing on the shore feels like standing at the edge of the known world.


I felt so grateful for this gift and said the Jewish blessing that is said when seeing the ocean after a long time away: "Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, Oseh Ma’asei Vereishit -- Blessed are you, Lord our God, Master of the universe, Who creates (i.e. renews daily) the work of [the original] creation [of the universe]."


  The famed Bondi Beach!


Yesterday was a windy, cool day at the beginning of spring.



The "surf culture" of Bondi.
You can enlarge the photo to read the rules.
Ah, life is so civilized here, Down Under.
I'll miss it when I fly back to the chaotic Middle East in a few days.
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(Linking to signs, signs and Our World Tuesday.)

8 comments:

Gemma Wiseman said...

It is many years since I last saw Bondi beach. Great to see that it is not always crowded. Lovely photos and welcome to Australia.

Alice said...

Very nice photo of you enjoying the beach and surf.

William Kendall said...

Bondi is a name that must have traveled far from its roots- there's a resort here in our cottage country by that name.

Lesley said...

Surfing is a whole different world for me, so interesting (and a bit incomprehensible) rules!
Enjoy the rest of your time away.

Tom said...

But were is your board?

VP said...

Bondi is a relatively common Italian surname...

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for all your additions re the name. I looked it up now in Wiki and found "Bondi" or "Boondi" is an Aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rocks or noise of water breaking over rocks."

Kay said...

I was surprised that it was pronounced bond-eye instead of bond-ee. We did visit the beach and had fun there. Your photos bring back memories.