I once read that there are two key factors to maintaining a happy marriage.
1) Always keep paths of communication open
2) Take frequent weekend breaks
Although I am still a new(ish) bride…this makes darn good sense to me. It is very hard to argue with one’s nearest and dearest when you’ve been plied with wine and chocolates, you are well-rested, and there are no household chores waiting to be done. I don’t think it needs to be a luxurious break – even a camping trip – or any kind of change of scenery (alone) would probably do the job…
Anyway, we celebrated my 27th birthday this weekend (Israeli weekend = Friday and Saturday) at a ‘tzimmer‘ – a luxurious chalet or cabin in a rural area – on the vegetarian Moshav Amirim. Much to my glee, there were lots of treats for us to enjoy; a jacuzzi, chocolates on our pillows, a huge basket of luscious looking fruit, a bottle of wine, some more chocolates, and best of all, a secluded verandah with a hammock and a suspended reclining chair, perfectly positioned to enjoy the stunning view.
We drove up on Friday, and I’m not sure why, with such a choice of beautiful sites to visit in the North, but we decided to stop off in Tiberias for a swim in the Kineret. Tiberias, once upon a time a popular tourist destination, is today quite frankly grubby, and the serene waters of Lake Kinneret are slowly drying up, like an old lady who has seen better days. It was quite sad to see. We still determinedly paid our entrance fee to what I hoped was a beach but was actually a few picnic tables on some dusty yellow grass with steps leading down to the shore. The lake’s edge used to reach the bottom of the steps but we had to clamber over a good few meters of rocks and boulders (and a fair amount of rubbish) to reach the water. It didn’t look very appetizing, but seeing as we’d come this far we decided to go for a swim anyway. The good thing about the human body (and I have reminded myself of this on a number of gross situations) is that it is washable.
So I just enjoyed the swim…
Our time in Amririm was supremely relaxing. We read a lot, went for a long walk around the moshav, lounged about, ate delicious food which we brought with us – fresh brown grainy bread, pesto, cheese, salads, a tuna and broccoli quiche which Etan made, mini-muffins, juicy nectarines, a HUGE bowl of popcorn… (In case anyone has not yet gathered, I love food, which means good food is an essential part of an enjoyable anything.)
We were so relaxed by the time we left that we both managed to leave our toothbrushes behind. Completely out of character for me. I blamed Etan.