Welcome to something a little different! I wanted to be a little selfish and do this post for myself to look back on when I’m old and remember what exactly I got up to whilst in Tel Aviv. I’m planning on doing these ‘day in the life’ posts whenever I’m in a new place for a few weeks just to remember what the local transport system was like, the people I met, where I ate regularly etc. So please just humour me for today haha.
The day started at five in the morning with a run in the dark and turning on the boiler. Run, shower, eat and grab bus to the train. There are three types of buses here (I think) and they all work the same e.g. same cost, same roads etc. but the actual ‘buses’ are very different. There are the regular kind we’re used to in the UK and then there are coaches (but they are considered to be buses) and then there are little mini-van buses like the one pictured above haha. It’s very strange and I don’t fully understand but sure it works. At the train station I headed to Tel Aviv and I love going by train. The seats are comfortable, everything looks new, runs on time and there’s working wifi and plug sockets – hello internet dream! At TLV I head up this giant hill to the university and get my workout in from hundreds of stairs but the view at the top is lovely to see first thing in the morning.
This is the Tel Aviv University campus where I am doing a quick course. Considering in NYC my university didn’t really have a campus (the whole city was the campus), it was cool getting to actually ‘belong’. There are several cafeterias, places to sit, different department buildings etc. Mine was/is in Dan David and below you can see my class, break time coffee and overal ambience.
That afternoon I then hopped on a bus (see here it’s a coach this time) with friends and we went to Jaffa. It’s in the south of TLV and I’ll go into more detail when I talk more about Tel Aviv over the next few weeks! For now a quick summary – it’s the older part of the city with the most amazing architecture, culture and food. There’s an awesome market there, a very old but now hip port and if you head up the main hill by the sea you’ll a) get a gorgeous view of the city skyline and b) see the Gate of Faith. The gate was built by an artist and depicts different moments in the Jewish history. I just find it very visually pleasing against the blue sky and sandstone.
Talking about that port, if you follow the sea you’ll end up there. Take a step-back and you’ll feel like you’re in a pinterest/urban catalogue. All the buildings are rundown and ‘warehouse chic’. There are a lot of trendy restaurants, art galleries and bars. We actually come here quite a lot as it isn’t too touristy and damn it’s nice to sit outside with the sun, sea breeze and scumdiddlyumptious food.
From there I headed home after grabbing an ice-cream (got to treat yourself). More broad/regular scheduled programming will commence next week but hopefully this wasn’t too boring haha. Check out the Adam Inflight instagram for updates in the meanwhile and I’ll speak to you soon!