Slept in late again. This time arguably because of the time difference. By the way, time difference is a son of a bitch. Just throwing it out there. It’s real and you will feel it. Especially once you need to go back to work again. It will hunt you with a vengeance.
Anyhow, this day we went to the Carmel Market. Which is pretty much exactly what you’d expect a market to look like. A noticeable difference were stands with zillion spices. We didn’t stop nor buy anything, but at some point I really did wish to be one of those crazies who are like an encyclopedia on spices. Then I’d whisper some rare name to the stand owner so he could be like ‘yes, yes, I have it’ and pull it out from underneath his left armpit. Because that’s his secret hiding place.
We did stop to have some really good coffee. It was a spot that you wouldn’t find unless you knew to look for it. Luckily, my companion knew to look for it. So we did. And then we found it. And once we did, we stopped looking for it. Because that’s just logic. Here’s a somewhat helpful map for you to find it.
Then we had some Yemen soup, which was also truly good. In the same neighborhood, and you may refer to the map above to find it. But really, if ever in Tel Aviv go and eat some Yemen soup. If anything it’s not hummus.
That night we were invited for a social event gathering. And it was cool because everyone treated us like celebrities just for the fact that we’re from New York. And I finally knew my overpriced rent all these years was not for nothing. The host also turned out to be a talented photographer, with a reasonably priced prints available on Etsy, so give him some love (and preferably some of your money) https://www.etsy.com/il-en/shop/yourillusion
By this point, I don’t really remember what we did exactly on which day, but as far as you’re concerned it’s Day 4. It’s not like you’d be able to tell the difference anyway.
We went to the Museum of Modern Art and it was well worth it. The space they have there was really beautiful, meaning just the building itself. It makes you take angelic looking selfies. Here, check this out
It also had an impressive collection of paintings by Picasso, Pollock, Kandinsky, Monet, Van Gogh, Chagall and numerous others. And I was so happy I took art history class in college and was all like ‘to properly look at paintings by Monet you need to take three steps back and admire it from afar’. Gangsta.
Then we went to a Hipster neighborhood that looks almost identical to Bushwick, with the exception that some of the graffiti were in Yiddish. And we had some beers at a Mexican place because those Jewish Mexicans are just everywhere. It’s called Florentin (the neighborhood, not the Jewish Mexicans) do check it out.
So this day was dedicated to some bus traveling. And this is an attraction that should be done if you’re lacking extreme in your life. Because people in Tel Aviv drive as if they’re immortal. Maybe they just are, that would explain it then.
We went to look at different neighborhoods. Old Jaffa again because it has the ancient port and it’s from there rest of the city originated. Sort of useless but historically accurate data. We saw this hanging tree, official name for which is the floating orange tree. Which is a misleading title because you can’t hang something and then say it’s floating. Regardless, it was oddly interesting
Then we went to check out HaTachana, which used to be an old railway station, now turned into a boutique mall space. Because everything is better when it’s a boutique mall. It did score a number of brides taking pictures, so the place must be important.
Then Neve Tzedek neighborhood, which was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of the old city of Jaffa. If it was the second Jewish neighborhood, I would still advise you to go see it. Even if it was like the fifth. The streets are pretty old, and interesting to wander through. Do not however try to be too creative with your picture taking because you’ll look like a stalker in the bushes.
And then Sarona complex, which used to be where a German Templer colony first settled. They’re not there anymore, possibly because they got kicked out because they’re German. I’m making educated guesses here. But it’s a very fancy shopping center now. Because that’s just a good strategy.
To be continued still
P.S. Coming next: ancient city of Tsefat, Caesaria, also city and ancient, obviously. Jerusalem. And why Lebanese like fireworks, or those could have been gun shots.