Apr 28 2009
Big trips always seem to cut down on our blogging as we spend the days beforehand getting ready to go and weeks after catching up. Let’s just say our trip to Israel was wonderfully full with:
- chagim (i.e. days of a holiday on which no work or travel is permitted)—lots of them, adding to the general craziness of non-holiday time and cutting down on our time to see everyone we wanted to see
- family and friends we haven’t seen in awhile (to those we missed—sorry! fly through Geneva next time you go to or from Israel and we promise not to miss you again…)
- good restaurants, open for Passover, serving great Passover food, with and without kitniyot (more options in Jerusalem than Tel Aviv and Jaffa, but we found really good food there too)
- really nice Judaica from the Nachalat Binyamin crafts market in Tel Aviv, which we traversed multiple times with Talya B (don’t miss her pictures of the sheer mass of artistic toilet paper holders)
It was not full with:
- seders. we only went to one, probably the first time in my life. Of course, there’s a good reason—we were in Israel and double seders is a diaspora thing.
- tourism. The only touristy thing we really did was walk along the beach and spend a morning in Jaffa.
- falafel. sad. (even though it’s kitniyot, which we eat, we couldn’t find it when we wanted it…in Tel Aviv!)
- work. oops…hence the catching up.
More surprising (really!) updates and Istanbul stories to come, so stay tuned.