How to Go Out In Tel Aviv, Part 1

The Israeli weekend begins on Friday, Shabbat. But it’s a religious weekly holiday–everything’s closes at sundown. Of course, there are bars open; Tel Aviv likes to model itself after New York. But it’s oddly quiet. Many people go out on Saturday, the day before most people begin their work week. That the Jewish culture doesn’t… Continue reading How to Go Out In Tel Aviv, Part 1

Daniel Adler in Tel Aviv

At the beginning of Tel Aviv, we took the train with Elad, Jac, Owen and Ofir. But when Elad, Owen and Ofir got off and said we need to get off two stops later, they didn’t tell us we had to transfer so since we didn’t see the name of our stop we missed it… Continue reading Daniel Adler in Tel Aviv

Galilee, Golan Heights and Hot Springs

Today is the last day of my group trip. The languid nostalgia for the past week is surfacing. Everyone is late waking up, and fond of the friends they’ve made. It’s so emotional because for most, this is a formative experience in their lifetimes and their Judaism. Everyone, from our tall tour guide Stav, to… Continue reading Galilee, Golan Heights and Hot Springs

The Best Hummus In Israel

“Ete is the best whommus in Israel,” Gal said as he lead us down the hill in Jaffa, the ancient Arab port city. We passed Ottoman architecture, with European turrets and arches scattered throughout. Down the serpentine path, and up another hill again. “There ete is!” The green awning. It was sixteen shekels ($5) for… Continue reading The Best Hummus In Israel

Different Starts on My Israeli Trip

Israeli culture is different from American culture. Obviously. Israel is about the size of New Jersey. It has a population of seven million. And yet it produces more start-ups per capita than anywhere else in the world. The Taglit-Birthright trip I’m on is modeled on a book called Start-Up Nation. The book outlines reasons for… Continue reading Different Starts on My Israeli Trip

Daniel Adler, Bareback In Jerusalem

I had always imagined Jerusalem as crowded, sweaty, and somehow more third world than the rest of the Middle East, with arid dust rising behind me, monkeys screaming in the distance, the call to prayer sounding and lots of white robes and payos. In reality, Jerusalem is built on a small mountain, about two thousand… Continue reading Daniel Adler, Bareback In Jerusalem

Daniel Adler’s Dead Sea Tips

Camels have bad teeth. Our camel we named Monterrey. They are strong, like horses but they have a cloven foot and chew the cud. When we arrived at Masada the sunlight shone through the clouds onto the Dead Sea illuminating it. The cloud cover is heavier and the sun shines more strongly. Masada was built… Continue reading Daniel Adler’s Dead Sea Tips

Bedouins and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

The sun is strong, and green splotches the ochre desert sand. Eucalyptus and piney trees are everywhere. Pink tendrils bounce in the desert breeze. The Arabic under the Hebrew, on the road signs, with its dots and squiggles resembles a cuneiform, thousands of years departed from the Jewish characters. I’m a dog. I walk into… Continue reading Bedouins and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

PENULTIMATE NIGHT

Daniel Adler don’t got his phone no mo’. Bought two tickets today, one from Cairo to Athens, the other from Warsaw to Mumbai. Very well priced, six hundred for both. That’s it, the only airfare. Although it’s somewhat worrisome not having an Indian visa. Have to get it in Cairo or Warsaw, places I’ll be… Continue reading PENULTIMATE NIGHT

Why Travel The Armpit of the World

I once wrote about meeting a man who lived in Malawi, who said, whatever you do, do not go to the Western World when you travel long term. I now understand why. You can go to Europe any time you want. It’s Western culture. You don’t have to gesticulate to make your point, there are… Continue reading Why Travel The Armpit of the World