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Published: March 10th 2016
And Frenchies. For some reason there seem to be a plethora of those two groups here.
About 30 feet from our apartment, there is a juice place that makes fresh-squeezed juice and smoothies out of literally everything. I started the morning there and then walked down to Jaffa, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. I had a walking tour of the area from the same company that I used for all the cities I visited in Europe a couple summers ago. Our guide was, to put it nicely, VERY eccentric. It made for an interesting tour if nothing else. Towards the end, I met two German college students, Daniel and Sevi.
It turns out that the German semester system works differently: instead of one semester, a short break, another semester, and then summer, they have about equally long breaks: one from mid-February to mid-April, and another in the fall. Because they have so much time off, they're using the opportunity to travel all of Israel, because why not? In a travel style I can only appreciate, they only booked their flights to and from Germany. Besides that, it's busses and hostels on the fly for
the next three weeks.
I spent most of the day with them, and it made for a very fun day. Marie's schedule this week has her in the office Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, so finding stuff to do with others is my goal on those days, and Daniel and Sevi were those others today!
Since the tour ended at 1:00, we first went to find lunch. I had sabich (pronounced sa-bee?, where the ? is that guttural Hebrew 'h'), a classic Israeli sandwich of tahini, hummus, fried eggplant, and poached eggs, topped with parsley. It was both delicious and an unexpected experience, what with the runny eggs and me not usually liking eggplant. After lunch, we went to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art which was so much more impressive than I'd expect. It had modern and contemporary exhibits, as well as classic and impressionist halls, and even a design and architecture section. We only had two and a half hours before it closed by the time we got there, and it was not enough at all. The museum itself was a piece of art from the outside, with a clever architectural design. The only part I didn't
An old Egyptian gate
Nearby they found hints of a 5,000 year old brewery
like about it was the curation: mostly white walls and pictures on a flat, evenly spaced row...it just seemed like they could have done more with it. Regardless, I'm glad we went as it was the first time I ever got to see a Dali or O'Keefe in person, despite having been to my fair share of art museums.
The museum closed at 6, but Marie was busy until 9, so we decided to keep the day going. A store we walked by had a deal of 4 Goldstars (Israeli beer) for 27 shekels (less than $7), so we got a bunch of those and went to hang out on the beach. Although Israel is not particularly well known for its soccer prowess, there are always groups at night playing soccer volleyball under the lights on the beach, so we enjoyed watching them...they might not be a soccer powerhouse, but they were definitely better than I would be!
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. I split off from the boys around 8:30, and headed home. They're off to Jerusalem or Bethlehem tomorrow...they haven't even decided yet.
About a 10 minute walk from the apartment
is one of the better falafel places in Tel Aviv, so a proper dinner of a falafel pita and I'm tagging out for an early bedtime; I have to be up at 6:45 tomorrow for one of the experiences that many only ever dream about!
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