I did not have a plan for the day when I got up. I paid my hostel fee to the owner, he gave me a map, and marked a suggested route. I set out sometime after noon to get food and explore Tel Aviv. My first destination was Tel Aviv's Carmel Market, in search of food, I was not interested in shopping. I saw a busy food shop, always a good sign, the food looked good Shawarma wraps, etc. I decided to get in line. I got the Chicken Shawarma wrap and a bottle of grapefruit drink.
I found a place to sit and eat lunch, it was good, I could not finish it all. I resumed my walk, I did not seem to be going in the direction of anything I was looking for, then my stomach started feeling queasy, a bad sign. I decided to start walking back to my hostel, nothing worse than being caught out in a country with limited public bathrooms and a stomach ache. I returned to the hostel until I was feeling better and ready to set out exploring Tel Aviv again.
I talked to a few of my hostel mates about their travels, one was thinking about visiting Ramallah. They gave me some suggestions for my Israel trip, everyone I have met says 7 days is not long enough to see Israel. I met another hostel mate from Russia, she offered to show me how to get to the beach, I thought it was a great idea, you usually can't go wrong going to the beach.
The beach was a short walk from the hostel, my hostel mate went for a run, I went and sat down near the water. I figured someone charged for the chairs and umbrellas that lined the beach, I decided to sit down anyways, and move if someone asked me. After I had sat in the chair for about 5 minutes a man approached and said "Shalom" I responded "Shalom", he then told me the cost of using the chair and umbrella. I cannot remember the price, I do not think it was unreasonable, but it was not worth it for me, I did not know how long I planned to stay at the beach. I told them man I would move. Next time I am in Tel Aviv I may spend a day at the beach and rent a chair and umbrella, just relax.
|Tel Aviv Beach Front|
After I got kicked off the beach chairs, I walked to the water, took my shoes off, rolled up my jeans. The water was cold to me, water I would rather sit near and look at than swim in. Others must have thought the water was a good swimming temperature, there were many people swimming, enjoying the water.
|Lynnae on the beach in Tel Aviv|
I walked to Jaffa, my backpack was heavy today, I carried my laptop with me, there were no lockers in the hostel large enough to hold it. I met some Israeli guys on my way to Jaffa and asked them to take a picture for me, they asked, you want it in front of the Mosque, I said that is a mosque? I was used to looking at the ornate Turkish mosques, I did not recognize the building in Tel Aviv was a mosque. The Israeli guys said, yes it is a mosque, that is where Muslim people go to pray. They took the pictures for me, and told me Jaffa was a long walk, but I could walk along the beach, it would be nice.
I spent about 45 minutes walking around Jaffa, looking at the views of the water from the Jaffa cliff. After Jaffa, I walked back to Tel Aviv, continued walking down the beach front, I stopped at the Russian Embassy, I am considering getting a visa to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg, Israel seems like a good place to do this, I plan to be here at least a week. The embassy was closed, I did not see the US Embassy during my walk.
|Me at the Jaffa Clock Tower|
|Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv|
|Sunset over Beach in Tel Aviv|
Day 1 in Tel Aviv Photo Album