Header Photo Credit

*The stunning photo in the header of my blog is all thanks to Ron Shoshani. Visit his facebook page for more of his amazing photographs of Tel Aviv!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tel Aviv Labeled "Best Looking City" by Traveler's Digest

Israeli Supermodel Bar Rafaeli
Tel Aviv is known for plenty of things: great beaches, booming start-ups, arty vibes and great night-life. But, it's also filled with some of the most beautiful people in the world. Tel Aviv women and men are tan, fit and stylish, and it's not just me who thinks so.

Traveler's Digest has made it official, ranking Tel Aviv No. 10 on its 2012 list of Cities with the Best-Looking Men, and No. 7 on it's list of Cities with the Best-Looking Women.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade 2012

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Israelis: Getting a US Visa May Get Easier!

Israel US Relations
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!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lag Ba'Omer 2012- A City in Flames

LagBaOmer bondfire
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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tel Aviv: The Start Up City

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."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tel Aviv Turns To Dust on The First Day of Spring

This is what it looks like outside. Seriously. 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

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day in Tel Aviv!

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! )

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shenkar & Haaretz Newspaper Team Up To Do Art

Shekar College of Art & Design teamed up with Haaretz Newspaper to do some interesting art. The recent exhibit, which juuuuust ended, is entitled "The Materials From Which The Words Are Made". It showcases an array of exciting design and visual art, all fashioned from Haaretz newspapers in an exploration of the relevance of the 'paper' in newspaper and it's material value. It also delves deep into the evolution of the news media today.

For those who didn't make it to the show, here are some sweet shots!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bike Theft in Tel Aviv Runs Rampant

The best way to get around Tel Aviv is, hands down, by bike.

To begin with, the city has a relatively flat and even topography. Plus, with the sea to the west, it's always easy to navigate. If you know where the sea is, you can orient your self in a jiffy.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Back to Blogging After Long Haitus

photo credit: beth robyn photography
Hey everyone!

After a long, silent summer, fall and winter, I'm back.

I've finally made the effort with my no-longer-new job and busy schedule to carve out some blogging time so this doesn't get pushed aside.

Thanks to all my followers and those who have stumbled upon my blog who have contacting me with the hope that I'll keep writing.

So, here's my first post now that I've thawed out of hibernation.

Get ready for some serious updates since, as you all know, life here is never without some real excitement.