Should I begin with talking about the city? Or the food? Or my family? Or meeting all of these long-lost distant relatives? Or should I tell you about the absolutely incredible wedding I went to? So much to say! But lucky for you, I’ll get to everything. 😉
A few months ago, my parents got invited to a 2nd…or 3rd? cousins wedding in Tel Aviv. We knew it would be on the beach and we knew it would be incredible, so they said “why not?”, bought tickets to London and then Israel, told me to see if I could get off work, and a short time later, I had a quick 3.5 day trip booked for myself!! My school graciously let me off of work for a day, combined with my 3 day weekend, I knew I was in for an amazing trip!
I caught a red-eye out of Madrid on Wednesday night, tossed and turned in my seat, while trying to digest my plane-provided albondigas (meatballs), and landed in Tel Aviv at the ripe hour of 4:00 am on Thursday! A missed train, then a caught train, a short taxi ride, and insane exhaustion later- I was at the Airbnb where my parents were sound asleep!! We booked a small, but functional, Airbnb two blocks off of the beach (on Ben Yehuda street) and it was perfect. Nothing incredible, but perfect for what we needed it for! We said some quick hello’s and then goodnight’s and all went back to sleep for a dreamy 4-5 hours or so. I woke up a few hours later to the smells and sounds of my mom unwrapping some traditional Israeli baked goods, a healthy hunk of cheese, and some perfectly sweet raspberry jam.
She had gotten up, made coffee, gotten dressed, gone out, AND come back, without me hearing a peep. I was completely knocked out, huh?
Jaffa is the oldest part of Tel Aviv-Yafo. If you want to read more, here is Dr. Wikipedia.
And then we set off in search of the famous flea market.
I was past the point of exhaustion, but full and happy from such a good time. The next day, we were up and ready for some wedding time!