During this trip, I spent 13 days in Tel Aviv and had a great time. I didn’t realize how much I missed Israel. In-fact I missed everything about it, the mentality, the people, the language, the food, the ocean and most of all my friends.
One thing that I have realized from this trip is that I have had a major shift in perception. I lived in Israel in 2016 for over 6 months and honestly I wanted nothing more than to go back to America. I think part of it was that I was not happy or healthy overall. In the last year, I have put a lot of time and effort into improving my physical, mental and emotional health. I think another part of it was that I lacked balance in my life. When I lived in Tel Aviv, I lived, breathed and slept work. I still work a lot but I’m learning to take time for myself.
I arrived in Tel Aviv on October 5th at about midnight. I could easily get a taxi from the airport which took me directly to my Airbnb. It was late at night so I quickly inspected the place and it looked OK. Nothing luxurious by any means but a very small 1 room efficiency apartment with a bathroom. I took a shower and then went immediately to bed.
The next day I woke up and felt excited like a little kid the night before Christmas. I decided to go for a walk down Rothschild Blvd which is a beautiful street with a pedestrian walkway down the middle. I went to one of my old favorite coffee shops and decided to test if my Hebrew skills. Believe it or not, after a full year I still could order myself coffee. Later that day I went to the beach for a walk along the shoreline. After that I went to a small mom & pops convenience store located right next to one of my favorite beaches and to my surprise the old man that I used to see daily was still working there. He was so excited when I walked through the door.
The next few days were spent visiting with friends. One morning I went to a good friend’s house and we cooked breakfast together. The following evening, I visited Gordon Beach at sunset and rented a SUP (stand up paddleboard) to watch the sunset. Later that night I had dinner with two other good friends a high-end steak house called Butchery de Bariloche. What an amazing meal. It was the kind of restaurant where you go to the meat counter and pick out your steak and then they bring it to you on a sizzling grill. Honestly, most of all I enjoyed the company.
While I was in Tel Aviv I even had the opportunity to train at the Krav Maga gym I used to frequent when I lived in Israel. The gym is called Nakash Boxing and classes are held on Sundays and Wednesdays at 7pm. If you are ever in Tel Aviv and want to train martial arts I recommend going here because these guys know what they are doing.
Later that week I found time to visit the Carmel Market which is an open-air market right in Central Tel Aviv. Here you can find anything and everything is negotiable! People call this place “The Shuk” and it is common to do your general grocery shopping here. The prices are cheap and the quality of food is high. You also can find really nice gifts for friends and family here at affordable rates. I would call this a must see for any first time visiter to Tel Aviv.
I visited the Sarona Market several times which is filled with gourmet food shops and one of my favorite wine stores called Meet Wine. Here I tasted wines and had the opportunity to visit with a good friend that I knew from the time I spent previously living in Tel Aviv. We have kept in touch and it was nice to see her again and hear about all the new things going on in her life. If you have never had Israeli wine I think this is something that you must try. I would rank their wines as some of the best in the world. If you are interested in learning more about the wine in Israel my friend from Meet Wine is a Israeli wine expert and has written a very informative guide regarding the wine in Israel. You can view her guide here.
On my last day in Israel I visited my old office building and even the non English speaking security guard got out of his chair and gave me a hug. Asking me in Hebrew where I had been. We caught up together the best we could using a mix of Hebrew and English. I said my goodbyes to all my friends and headed to the airport. Good-bye Tel Aviv, next stop Athens, Greece!
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