my name is Nir Friedman, and I'm one of the American staff for Bus 156 for this summer Birthright Shorashim trip. During the trip this blog will be used to provide updates on what's happening; today I'm just writing to tell you all a bit about myself.
I was born in Israel, but grew up in Canada, and I'm fluent in Hebrew and English. I've been living in Urbana-Champaign for the last 6 years, doing a PhD in physics, which I just completed. I'll be moving to New York City shortly to start a job there.