So, here we go, i have less than two weeks left in Israel, and then I fly back to the heart of Europe, to Hungary to spend a little time there. A bit that sadness takes part of my days already, even then I know that I’ll come back for sure.
I’m not sure if I can keep that calmness in my mind also in Hungary, that scares me a bit.
During the next weeks, i try to enjoy my stay as much as I can, having a lot of fun. Many beach time, a bit Jerusalem, coffee at the terrace, friends, Israeli market, long walk, yoga, cooking times.
This is the Hebrew name of the city. I spent two wonderful days there in the Jewish quarter of the old city. This place has an amazing vibe, actually, i can not describe with words. You need to feel it by yourself.
I visited one of my really good friends who finally came back from New York. He has an amazing flat where I felt just like at home.
We have been in the most religious area of the Jewish quarter outside of the wall, called Ge’ula. Usually, i have problems with my clothes, my knees and shoulders are always visible, as it’s 40°C outside, in these moments some scarfs can be useful. Rarely you can have confrontation by the extreme religious people.
Let’s talk about the ultra orthodox community a bit. I was really interested in this subject because i didn’t know too much about it.
My first impression was in Jerusalem. As it was super hot i was wearing short trouser and i got the name of “shiksa”, it means not Jewish woman, and it’s kind of an insult (bitch, you know). Religion, that’s it, you need to accept it!
Last time when i was there, i was a bit lost, so i asked some people to show me the way to the bus station. Usually they don’t speak English, or just a little, the children are covering their eyes…it’s quite difficult to make contact, especially with women if they give you the devil eye. Thanks God for having GPS at least.
The ultra orthodox Jewish are not going to the army, basically they are living from their religion. They give almost the 10% of Israel population and most of the people doesn’t recognize Israel as a real state of country.
Malawach my new favorite, it’s like the child of the Hungarian lángos and strudel. Usually, they serve with boiled eggs and raw tomato sauce. I use to buy the frozen version. You heat a frying pan and put one malawach on it. You cook one side and then the other, it takes some minutes and that’s it, you can enjoy the amazing taste.
I hacked the original version a bit, I ate with eggplant creme, cottage cheese, and vegetables. Today with jam! I guess my Israeli friends will kick my ass for this! Sorry, it was like heaven, for real! Anyway somebody will try with me!
I just realized yesterday that the first month just has gone. I still have 2 months to stay, and we will see…
I’m drinking my mint tea having a day off, and i’m wondering about what should i put in my malawach when it’s ready.
As you could see i mentioned zen city in the title…Am i crazy? Maybe you feel uncomfortable a bit, war, rockets, crazy nightlife, etc. How can this girl say anything like that about Tel Aviv? I need to share this feeling with you, because it surprises me also.
I like to be calm, i like to be amazed by the landscape, by the smell, by the noises of the environment around me. I like to be part of the universe, part of something good. I like to be loved.
So, Guys, here we are, my first English post about what I’m doing now.
I had one quite big luggage, I have put some clothes on it, and I reached my flight to Tel Aviv. That’s it!
The most frequent question I get here, anyway.
I have been twice in Israel, first with my sister, then I visited her during her holiday.
I’m in love with the country. It has a special vibe, an atmosphere, a rhythm. The food is amazing, and an important thing, you can meet wonderful people, actually the most carrying people on the world.
There is the beach, and also the Dead Sea. When you’re there, the only thing you can do, just staring, and not believing that you are there.
Sometimes people have the feeling, it’s time to go. Have you felt that before? I felt like I’m in a cage in Hungary, I don’t have opportunities there. Sad, but true. I thought I give a try with Israel, and go with the flow.
Anyway, to be a non-Jewish in Israel is quite hard, to get a working visa is almost impossible. We will see what can I do. I still have 2 months to stay without any problem.
What about attachments?
I noticed something. I was strictly attached to my objects, now I don’t have too many things here, I still can be happy. You know what I mean? You don’t need your things, forget about them…the only thing you need, it’s you, a big smile, confidence, iand an open mind to the new things around you.
What about people?
Be open, always, you can never know who will be your new friend. Take care of them! And don’t stress about them! (Very important). Sometimes you’re disappointed, but the thing is that you can’t own a person! Be grateful for meet them, and that’s it!
It’s amazing to meet all of these people. I had so interesting conversations about the culture, the army, their feelings about the war, the religion. All this different point of views make you think, change your mind. That’s whatIenjoy the most.
What about the war?
It’s sad but people get used to it here, you hear the alarms almost every day, you follow the rules, and then you just continue your life. Of course everyone wants peace. It’s not funny when you’re friend are recruited to the army, and everybody’s worrying about them. First i had really bad feelings about the war, it was so new for me. And the fact that rockets are coming, we could die…it’s tough. I was amazed about the Iron Doam, amazing system to detect and deactivate most of the rockets…what would we do without it?
What about the food?
Oh, my favorite part…my beloved place is the market here, with all of the fresh vegetables, fruits, pita, spices, orange juice, falafel. I go there at least 4 times per week. I love the colors, the smell, the noises.
It’s hot now, so i eat lot of salads, sweet potatoes, grapes, mango. Oh, mango 🙂
Also the coffee is great and the breakfast, you cannot imagine how great it is. With all these fresh ingredients. I love it!
This is the end of the first post, stay tuned and get to know more about Israel! Don’t forget to smile!