This past week – and for the first time in nearly eight weeks – we spent a night not in the RV. While we are quite happy with the RV as our home, we ended up with a two-bedroom suite in a Reno hotel, which was a cool and welcome change from the space we have now. On our arrival we barbecued a tasty dinner, watched a movie on one of the three televisions in our suite and – over our 24-hour stay – took a total of eight hot baths / jacuzzi visits between the two of us. Definitely a successful get-away.
While we still plan to RV the national parks, see the United States and live life semi-nomadically, Reno seems to be working out unexpectedly well for both of us. My teacher training as a ballroom dance instructor is a quite thorough program that utilizes the DVIDA curriculum. The teachers are welcoming, the classes are going well and I spend most of my evenings at the studio, which is a short two mile bike ride away. Though salsa and swing are still my favorites, I have began to appreciate the other dances as well – even tango.
Yair has found several homes for himself in Reno, one of which is our local synagogue. Coming from strong religious educational backgrounds in New York, we found that there was a lot that we could contribute here. Despite his skepticism and mildly heretical views, Yair has been leading services, reading from the Torah and will soon begin teaching Hebrew language classes in Reno. This next part will come as a surprise for those of you who know Yair from Riverdale (and his track record for making it to synagogue), but… he has just been offered a position as cantor of the synagogue and will likely accept! Several of the older congregants have already begun addressing him as rabbi, which I get a huge kick out of.
Otherwise, the chagim (Jewish high holidays) have been a time of communal gathering and fun. We finally put our mezuzah up in a community-wide ceremony, complete with song, food, dvar and good company. I was invited to a “Ladies Sukkah Tea” event, hosted by a lovely local family that has been particularly welcoming to us. The dress code was “tea hats and good pearls” which made me laugh, but it was a relaxed environment and I had a lot of fun getting dressed up for a change and munching on dainty cucumber sandwiches.
Finally, our most recent purchase was an electric heater, preparing us for the fall and potentially winter seasons in Reno. But we’ll still be venturing into the surrounding forests, exploring nearby towns and I have trips planned to NYC, Atlanta, New Orleans and Cleveland in the coming months, so we’ll keep you posted on our adventures. A few photos below. 🙂
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