Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tel Aviv 12/26/2009: in search of hummus!


Curious statue in front of a law office in Tel Aviv:


We had our first Israeli hotel breakfast: lots and lots of fresh veggies, yogurts, dips, tuna, cheeses, and super rich chocolate croissants. Walked around Tel Aviv during Shabbat, which is really the perfect time for people watching. I wasn't sure what to expect during the day of rest in The Holy Land. Friday night, people were sitting around the hotel lobby, drinking, eating cafe snacks, sharing stories, and generally having a good time. The sound of voices in the lobby was a loud roar - not what I imagined for this restful time. Kids were paying games, running like maniacs up and down the hotel staircases, crazy balls would bounce off the lobby walls/ceiling and whiz by the desk clerk. Saturday, we saw people walking, biking, sunbathing, playing beach sports, reading, hanging out at cafes. The locals love to promenade: strut their stuff down great walking paths through the city and along the coast. Many of the vendor stalls we passed through were closed (much to our delight).


Stopped by the famous Abu-Hassan Ali-Karavan hummus stand in old Yaffo for lunch at 12 noon, but apparently they had already run out of hummus. The conversation with a local went something like this:

Shalom. Where can I find Abu Assan?
Uhhh. what is it?
Hummus.
Ah - you must try Abu Hassan!
That's what I said :)
Yes but of course they are sold out already for the day
Zoinks!
I guess the locals prefer their hummus for breakfast!


Picked up my parents and Mike at Tel Aviv airport and we proceeded to my cousin Ryan's house in Netanya. It's only 35 minutes away from our hotel, but we managed to do it in just over an hour and a half. I'm not sure exactly what happned - we followed the Google Maps directions to the letter, but none of the street names seemed to match the directions.



Had a wonderful time visiting Ryan, Rinat, and their two adorable little ones. They have a great sense of humor and we poked fun at everything from their crazy jumping dog to the "safe rooms" in each Israeli apartment (the concept of a column of apartment bunkers being the only thing standing after a nuclear attack - and no way to easily close the window during the blast or have a ladder to escape afterward - had me in stiches).They have a great sense of humor and we poked fun at everything from their crazy jumping dog to the "safe rooms" in each Israeli apartment (the concept of a column of apartment bunkers being the only thing standing after a nuclear attack - and no way to easily close the window during the blast or have a ladder to escape afterward - had me in stiches).

For Olga's take on the neighborhoods, sites, and smells:  http://plotkills.blogspot.com/2009/12/tel-aviv-on-saturday.html

2 comments:

israelex said...
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israelex said...

We had a great time. It has been said that 15 minutes of deep laughter is the equivalent to 5 minutes of exercise. If that is the case I think we all got a 2 hour work out. I love the stories you chose for the blog, damn those 10 cent shade openers. Loved determining the likeliness of the safe room stack up theory with Michael, and Jojo was so excited that you mentioned him in the blog that he actually jumped over the balcony wall