Monday, March 15, 2010

A Quest - Finding the Easter Bunny

A visit from the Easter BunnyImage by aussiegall via Flickr

As Easter is approaching quicker than I would wanted to, I find myself again facing the same problem: how to cope with the holidays?
Strangely enough, living in the Holy Land it is not a dream come true for a Christian. I am lucky I am not very religious, otherwise I would've had a hard time coping with the non existent holiday spirit. But this year I face a challenge, as I have to find at least one chocolate bunny for my daughter.
In winter, during Christmas time one candy shop here in Ashdod had a large number of bunnies exposed on shelves, but I didn't think to stock on them, surely they would be found in the shop during Easter, wouldn't they? Well, time proved I was wrong as the bunnies misteriously dissapeared from the shop. I looked in every sweets shop or Russian owned super market I could think of...but no Easter bunnies, not even one. I don't know if this has something to do with the orthodox side of Eastern that is "celebrated" here. And I don't think Orthodox Christians have something to do with bunnies. Also, Easter is perceived as a more religious holiday, in contrast with Christmas, which is more...commercial. So, I have no idea what I am going to do...My daughter doesn't know anything about the turmoil that savages my soul during holidays. For her, Christmas is when Santa brings presents and Easter when the bunny brings us beautiful colored eggs. And that's it. At least for now. And she'll be really sad if there will be no bunnies for her this year. Maybe I'll buy a real one? That would solve the problem for a few years to come...Just kidding, I am not for bunnies kept as pets...Maybe I'll draw her one, or invent some kind of story...Pathetic, isn't it?
Where is the Easter bunny hidding? If you'll see the bugger, tell him there is a nice girl in Israel waiting for a few chocolate eggs and some hope for a better world to come...

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6 comments:

Ron Cooper said...

I hope one hops on over to you--for your daughter's sake!

Aine Butler-Smith said...

I do a lot of shopping for my grandson online, perhaps you could go to Amazon.com and do some online shopping. I know you might be worried about shipping time, and I don't know what the shipping time is like in holy land, but you can usually get expedited shipping, it is more expensive though. Good luck in your bunny search!

Aine

Bogaranty├║ said...

If you send me your address, a bunny or two can be on their way soon.

Alone in Holy Land said...

Well, no bunnies so far...
Aine, thank you for the idea, but it is rather expensive to order from Amazon, the shipping price is scandalous and I have to pay customs here in Israel.
Bogaranty, your offer is tempting, but are you sure??? If so, just tell me where to send my adress to, I couldn't find an e-mail on your blog...Thank you! And you have to give me your adress, I'll send you whatever you need from here...

Bogaranty├║ said...

I was looking through the Magyar Posta home page and a flat padded envelope of goodies for up to 1 kg are managable. That, unfortunately, rules out the hollow bunnies as they'd break, but other bunny shaped sweets (like the chocolate suckers or the Moser Roth Easter chocolate) are easy to do.

I'll have to do another Aldi run this week (Friday or Saturday), so you might wanna check out their easter offers http://www.aldi-hungary.hu/hu/html/product_range/kinalat_husvet_2010.htm to just see what you'd like.

Unfortunately sending boxes is, once again, insanely expesive as one of the companies I used to use to send stuff to Israel just stopped delivering there. :-S You can reach me at bogar.agnes@gmail.com.

Peter said...

I'm sure you can find them in any russian delikatessen (well, all delis are russian...); if not in Ashdod, try Beer-Sheva...