This is Israel is back after a few months of hiatus! For those who might not be familiar with this blog segment, it is a space where I share with you what I have experienced during my past month in Israel. In addition to my normal travel blogs, I want to use this space to give you a glimpse of what my life in Israel is really like.
Coffee shop finds and cat conferences
I remember during my first few months in Haifa, I was quite disappointed in the lack of cute or cozy coffee shops. However, as the months have gone by, I’ve become more accustomed to how to find my way around the city, and as a result have been able to explore more and find those coffee shops that I’m more than willing to spend hours in. Honestly the best feeling ever!
This week I managed to go to one close to my flat before starting work in the morning. I can’t describe how much a good coffee from a cute coffee shop can help lighten my mood if I’ve been having a tough week.
AND ALSO CUTE LITTLE BAKED GOODS
As a side note, came across this conference of cats on my way to the coffee shop. There’s an old lady in my neighbourhood that enjoys feeding all of the cats, so she comes by with loads of cat food every morning. You know she’s outside because you can hear all the cats meowing in excitement for their morning meal.
Making a conscious decision towards better health
Okay, so I’ve realized that sitting at a desk for 8+ hours a day is not conducive to great physical health. That insight should have probably been obvious since the beginning, but I didn’t really become conscious of it until I was 1 year into my work and really began to gain weight and feel more tired and anxious than I normally would.
I came to the conclusion that in order to begin leading a better lifestyle, I should begin doing some sort of exercise – so I got out of my comfort zone and signed up for the gym! I’ve been starting off with two fitness classes per week, which are in Hebrew, but eyyy I’ll learn eventually! Although it hasn’t been long since I’ve begun, I can already feel my energy returning and I’m all for that!
Also, super side note, I didn’t realize how much fun it is to buy athletic wear. I think this might be a problem.
Geckos in the flat! I repeat. Geckos in the flat!
I FOUND A GECKO (or three) in my flat! I honestly don’t have much to say about this other than I think they’re really cute and I’m more than happy for them to be in my flat (if they just don’t come on my bed plzthx) because they eat up all the insects!I had to help this guy find his way outside, so I put him in a container and gently left him outside my door.
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My new obsession
Okay, so I may have started going to the gym, but I also started baking muffins sooo I think they cancel each other out? We’ll deal with that later.
Pinterest has become my source of muffin inspiration, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I didn’t realize how much fun baking would be! And how much more fun it would be to eat my creations ahaha woooops
Israeli lunches and flower shop adventures
Yes, hummus is good. But have you ever tried Labaneh with Zatar?!?!! Bless the Israelis for having some crazy delicious foods. And to have it with a side of bread and veggies? Yes please!
Also, can we please take a moment to get excited over the flowers that I got right after lunch? Problem was, they wilted in a week’s time because of how hot the weather is, but here’s to hoping that once the weather starts to cool down (maybe in a hundred years?), then my flowers will last longer.
That is all.
… no, but actually, it has made my mornings so much more exciting. So many coffees to choose from in such little time. YES PLEASE.
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Hamster HAMSTER HaMsTeR
For those of you who know me, you know that I can even tear up when I look at cute animal videos. So please imagine my utter excitement when I got to play with a hamster this week. I think I reverted back to my 6 year-old self.
Tel Aviv adventures
Sometimes, I really need to get out of Haifa – and this was one of those weeks. I just needed to have a little adventure, and that’s definitely what I got with a mini half-day trip to Tel Aviv.
Of course I had to stop by Sarona Market (aka. the best place ever), and had to buy tons of goods that I couldn’t get my hands on in Haifa (like onigiri!!!).
Imagine being scared of spiders (for some, you may not have to imagine this because, like me, it is your reality). Now, one evening, after a long day of work, you come home and begin making food for yourself in the kitchen. You then make your way to grab something out of your cupboard BUT YOU CANNOT DO THAT BECAUSE THERE IS A GIGANTIC SPIDER OF HUGE PROPORTIONS WAITING TO FEAST ON YOUR SOUL.
Honestly, look up “wolf spider” on google. Look at the image with the biggest one. That’s the one that was in my flat. The biggest. The soul-sucking one.
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Over the months, I’ve realized that I need more balance in my life – so I’ve began doing art. I’m not good at it, but I do enjoy it, and it definitely helps me with relaxing! So as often as I can, I look up ideas on Pinterest, whip out my water colour paper, take out some water colours, pens, and markers, and begin to doodle away. My plan is to put up some of my creations in the flat, so I’ve gotten them frames, but still need to find a way to put them up (because I’m not allowed to make holes in the wall). Hopefully a store will have some kind of sticky tape that’ll help me get the job done!
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
I had the most spontaneous trip to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art! I didn’t even know it existed until someone called me and said “let’s go to the museum tomorrow”. The museum itself is around an hour away from where I live, so it is quite easy to get to by car. Unfortunately, since I don’t have a car, it is near impossible for me to get there on my own, because there is no transit running on weekends in Israel. So unless I want to get there on foot (no thank you, google maps tells me it would take 19 hours and 31 minutes), there’s really no way to get there.
So grateful for someone to have taken me and let me join them on this adventure! I’ll definitely be posting a full blog post about this place, so I won’t give anything away about it right now!
13 months down, 17 more to go!