Tel Aviv's Gay Pride Parade is known across the world as being one of the biggest most exciting gay parades of all. Declared the World's Best Gay Travel Destination of 2011 by GayCities.com, it's no surprise that Tel Aviv did not disappoint in 2012!
Thousands of people flocked to the white city this past Friday, June 8th to march in the 14th annual parade and enjoy the colorful spectacle. Streets were packed with drag queens, scantily clad men, women in leather, and everything in between.
In another move to strengthen ties between Israel and the US, Californian Democratic Senator Brad Sherman introduced a new bill that, if passes, will add Israel to the US Visa Waiver Program, Ynet news reported.
The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens from specified countries to enter the US for tourism or business for up to 90 days without needing to obtain a visa from a US consulate abroad.
If the bill passes, Israel will join the likes of Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore as number 37 on the list.
Right now any Israeli who wants to visit the States has to deal with the lengthy business of visa approval, which is almost as frustrating as dealing with Israeli bureaucracy.
While bills like this one have been introduced in the past, but were rejected, I'm still crossing my fingers!
Lag BaOmer is one of the most fascinating holidays celebrated here in Israel. It typically involves field day sports and pyromaniacal activities, with a dash of sensible tradition and ceremony on the side.
Tel Aviv has always been known for the beaches, the beautiful women and the great weather, but recently it's made its way into the lime-light as a start-up capital of the world.
By 2010, Wired magazine had labeled Tel Aviv as one of the "Hottest Start Up Capitals", pooling it with top European picks rather than Asian picks. Why? Well, because "Tel Aviv is a hotbed of innovation, and so is included in our European Startups list to interpret Europe in a broad, Eurovision-type way."
This is what it looks like outside.
Today, the first day of spring, and Tel Aviv looks like a truly white city. The entire sky is white. The air smells like sand. And sinuses all over the city are suffering. Lets hope the second day of spring brings some proper spring weather!
PS. Happy International Good Deeds Day
Like all commercialized holidays, St. Patrick's Day has made it to some of the most unlikely countries.And Israel is one of them. Along with Valentine's Day and Silvester (NYE), St. Patrick's Day has become another excuse to party. Of course, Tel Aviv-ians would never let such a party opportunity pass them by.
To be frank, I don't mind the commercialization. In fact, St. Paddy's day can be pretty fun: I usually return home from the pubs with a belly full of free whiskey, and a handful of promotional paraphernalia. Take this hat I got last year for free at the Irish Pub "Leo Blooms". (Ignore the deer-in-headlights expression. I'm actually very happy about this hat! )