It’s my last night “alone” in Israel. It seems unbelievable that I arrived here 36 nights ago. How fast does the time fly!
I have been in Tel Aviv for four days now, but am still a bit confused about the map. :) The hostel I live in is right at the beach and what a wonderful beach it is! The sand is soft and white and the waves are amazing. I’ve done some shopping and otherwise just been wondering around the city. It gets really, really hot in the daytime and even now sitting on the hostel rooftop at 21pm, it’s a little bit hot. But I have to say I love the cooling sea breeze.
Two kittens are living here on the hostel’s common area, the roof top. I think they are sisters, about four months old and I’ve no idea how did they end up here. I’ve been feeding them every morning and evening and I’m a little worried what will happen to them when I leave, because they seem really hungry. They are very shy and don’t allow anyone to touch them, but I’ve noticed they recognize me as the ‘person with the food’, because they run to me and start screaming when I come to the rooftop. In Tel Aviv there seems to be a lot of cats living in the streets.
One thing I don’t understand about Israel: the motorcycles. They drive on sidewalks (both directions), even through the RED lights. It seems like they don’t have any regulations at all.. Here in Tel Aviv it’s even worse than Jerusalem. When you come to Israel, you really shouldn’t worry about anything else, but please, keep your eye on the motorbikes!! I know in Finland I’m always complaining about people driving their bikes (really fast) on the sidewalks. But this is a totally new thing to me: motor vehicles without any rules. Huh!
I’ve been thinking about the best things I’ve experienced in Israel and I’ve come up with my own personal top 10:
10. Smoothies and fresh juices. For a few euros you can get a fresh squeezed orange juice, nam! It tastes so good in the heat!
9. Gay Parade in Tel Aviv. I’m so glad I went to see this event. Can you imagine thousands of people dancing and enjoying themselves on the streets. Neither could I before I saw it! Absolutely fabulous.
8. Light rail (tram) in Jerusalem. Very convenient, very cool and cheap way to get around. Love it! The transport system is also otherwise very good in Israel and also really cheap. Trains go on time and are very comfortable (VR, be aware).
7. Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and especially the video library. The museum is very well done and situated in a beautiful, peaceful place on Mount Herzl.
6. City of Haifa in general. It’s such a quiet, peaceful city compared to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It’s hard to describe why, but it’s my favorite city in Israel. Bahia Gardens are a must-see there.
5 Beach in Tel Aviv. It’s clean, it’s white, it’s soft. Waves are amazing. Sunset is beautiful. What else could you possible want.
4. Hostel Fauzi Azar Inn in Nazareth. The best hostel I’ve ever been to and the best three nights I had in Israel. Think of an old arab mansion with high ceilings and an amazing patio. But you have to go see it yourself!
3. Otters at Haifa Zoo. You can’t look the little cuties without smiling.
2. Kittens at the roof top of Beachfront Hostel. If I could, I’d take them home with me.
1. All the wonderful people I’ve met and gotten to know in the hostels, in the tram, in the train, on the streets, on the beach. The people who invited me to their homes. Thank You for making my trip unforgettable!
Tomorrow my dear Anttu arrives to Tel Aviv and we’ll be moving into a hotel nearby. So my 5,5 weeks living in hostel dorms are ending soon. Can’t say I’m sad. :) And there’s still one more week to see the wonders of Israel!