One of the places I really love in Tel Aviv is the old part of the city called Jaffa. I’ve posted about it already here but this time I was looking at it from another perspective. I was having a photo shoot there with my beautiful friend Sigal and while working I really felt like I traveled in time and got back to the time of Roman Empire. So if you’re ever near by you have to visit Jaffa and experience it by yourself. Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures and read more about my experiences in Israel if you want to :).
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If you live or visit Tel Aviv any time soon you have to, just HAVE TO, go to the Lea Gottlieb exhibition at the Design Museum of Holon! It’s an amazing exhibition called “Lady of the Dasies” and it showcases the history of the famous brand Gotex that Lea founded in 1956. She said “I Like Making Something Out of Nothing” and believe me, she really did, her work is splendorous and fascinating. So I repeat, if you have a chance – run to check her work, I promise you won’t regret it.
When I was thinking about my next post about Tel Aviv, I remembered that long time ago I wrote a short article about my first time in this city. While reading it after a long time I realized how much I was stunned by Israel when I came here for the first time and how much I wanted to come back here. So now, I think, I might be a little bit closer to finding the answer for the question from my first post – how did I end up living here?
The whole article was written is Spanish but I decided to translate a few parts of it and share them with you.
“All great loves and passions come unexpected; they change your life radically, enter without permission and usually stay forever. I’m sure you know very well what I’m talking about – who didn’t feel this way at least once? Who hasn’t suffered sleepless nights, days without eating, loss of focus caused by thinking about something or someone very special? Well, I’ve never expected that I will get completely amused and charmed by the city that I’ve knew practically nothing about until I was 21. Who would believe that the place that is shown on TV and other medias as a dangerous and not really tourist friendly will make me save every penny to go and see it again? If you told me that, I wouldn’t believe, but…one phone call started it all and changed my way of thinking about Israel forever.(…)
As soon as I landed I had this very special feeling that is difficult to describe. The air smelled of the sea and although I noticed very high humidity I wasn’t bothered at all. The airport was awesome, new and modern, opposite of what I’ve expected. The walls were full of paintings and postcards showing the country’s history. I felt great.(…)
Tel Aviv surprised me in every possible way. Beautiful beaches, nice architecture and tons of people everywhere. I was sure it’s going to be the best holiday ever. My first direction was Jaffa, the oldest part of the city. How much I loved it! Narrow streets with small houses, an old port and many restaurants and cafes with sea view – something unforgettable.(…)The famous Carmel market, located in the city center cannot be compared to any European market. I’ve never seen so many colors, smells, exotic fruits and vegetables, spices, jewelry and cosmetics at the same place in my life. Crowded, loud and crazy in a way but unforgettable. Being there one can enjoy Arabic food and fresh juices made from exotic fruits. Simple and delicious, exactly the way I like it. (…)
Few days a week there is also another market called “Flea Market” which is open from noon to midnight. You can buy there all kinds of handicrafts: clothes, necklaces and earrings, paintings and household items – all made by Israeli artists. In the evening concerts and various shows are held in the streets and the variety of what you can see and hear is pretty impressive.(…)
Besides all this, Tel Aviv never sleeps. It is full of bars, cafes, galleries, shops and nightclubs. Everyone can find something interesting there. No matter if you like art or music, if you prefer to eat in a fancy restaurant or in a traditional bar, or if you like laying on the beach or dancing until early morning hours…regardless of what you choose you’ll have a lot of fun and you won’t forget it for a long time.(…)”
Well, I wrote this a long time before I moved here. As you all know, reality is always a little bit different than experiencing something as a tourist but I have to say, that going back to the past and thinking about the moments that I was here only for a while made me want to discover all those small things that I liked about Tel Aviv again and enjoy those little details that I could see back then.
PS. Forgive me the quality of some of the pictures, they were taken few years ago with simple compact camera.
There are no simple answers for a question: how did I, a Polish girl, a Christian girl, end up living in the middle of the Middle East. Sometimes I ask myself and believe me, finding one reasonable answer isn’t that easy. So if you wonder, no, I didn’t study any oriental languages, I’ve never dreamt about having a camel farm or something like that nor wanted to go and spend the rest of my life in the desert, all alone, contemplating the world in the silence. Of course there were few reasons why I came here but still, I think that I brought certain people and situations to my life and those led me to the place I am right now. So, here I am. In Tel Aviv.
When I came to Tel Aviv for the first time I was in shock. To be honest, I didn’t expect to be so amused and excited about this place. Everything was so colorful, full of taste and smell… full of life. I loved the fact that the city is located just right on the Mediterranean shore, that the weather is so nice almost all year long and that people live here slower but louder (now, after living here for some time, I’m not so excited about these certain characteristics anymore ;-)). I fell in love. Few years after I moved here and I have to say that I’m living one of the most challenging but also enriching experiences in my life. There are so many things about Tel Aviv and Israel that I want to share, so many pictures that I want to publish and hundreds of stories I wanna tell. Stay updated and I promise you won’t regret that.
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