What I learnt during my time in Israel

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I like to think of myself as an observant person, often gazing off into the distance and wondering why X is like Y, and what made it get to the way it is now. So after nearly 5 months of living in Tel Aviv I wanted to share my knowledge regarding the good, the bad and the ugly of this strangely wonderful, bizarre, confusing and politically charged country.

I tried to make it an even thirty, but I couldn’t.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_174a4UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_174a9Tel Aviv central bus station graffiti art
  1. Israel makes the best falafels in the world
  2. The postal service is terrible. Don’t expect your package before two months of ordering it
  3. The weekend is on Friday and Saturday, but people go out every night in Tel Aviv
  4. No one is overly phased by the prospect of another war
  5. Israeli/Arab men are not afraid to hug unlike men from the western world
  6. Jews have a lot of holidays
  7. The central bus station is the most terrifying and entertaining place in Tel Aviv
  8. There are hundreds of stray cats running around the city
  9. Most shops and all public transport stop from a few hours before Friday sundown to Saturday sundown for Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, making it more unlikely that you’ll do anything with your weekends other than go to the beach and party
  10. Chaco sandals are the ugliest shoes ever made
  11. Israeli’s are direct. Don’t take it personally
  12. Nothing is ever organised
  13. Israeli’s know how to make wine
  14. Israeli’s don’t know how to drive and they honk when there is absolutely no where for the car in front to go anywhere
  15. Tel Aviv is a bubble
  16. Jerusalem feels like another country
  17. The buses hardly ever come on time, and often they just don’t show up
  18. The city stands still when the siren goes off on Yom Hazikaron, and the world feels different for that minute of silence
  19. Kibbutz are a wonderful practice of community and harmony
  20. People dress up every day for a week to celebrate the one day of Purim
  21. A lot of people ride automatic scooters
  22. If you want a religious experience, Tel Aviv is not the place
  23. The Dead Sea is something you must experience at least once, and once you’ve experienced it you probably won’t want to again
  24. Everyone is dressed as casual as possible, even at work
  25. You’ll find religious Jews in suits and long dresses on a 30+ degree day
  26. Wages are terrible, but people still manage to eat out all the time
  27. Arak is the counties most popular drink, yet it makes you want to throw up just from the smell of it
  28. People want peace
  29. The importance of a Jewish State
DSC08389DSC08515Haifa, Somewhere up north

 

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