My family has just returned from a trip to Israel. Before we departed on our trip I had several friends that were concerned for our safety. At no time did I feel that my safety or my family were in any danger. In fact quite the opposite.
We rented an apartment in the heart of the city about a few hundred yards from the sea. Many nights I would walk to the store, a female alone and never felt afraid. Instead I felt like I was part of a community. Tel Aviv is a night city. Restaurants, pubs, grocery stores are all open late. I actually felt safer in Tel Aviv at night than walking in downtown Wailuku at night.
There are many differences between my Maui life and staying in Tel Aviv, Israel. We travel to visit family. One aspect I love is that you will not find big box stores. Instead you’ll find neighborhood bakeries, butcher shops, florists, wine shops and grocery stores. To shop for dinner you stop and shop at each of these stores all privately owned. You walk also and just buy what you need. Even in a big city like Tel Aviv – I love this aspect of city life.
I LOVED driving in Israel. It’s highly defensive driving. Traffic lights turn yellow BEFORE the light turns green. And when the light is green it flashes three times before it turns red. No one runs a red light. Everyone quickly honks to call attention to you to move or to let you know their passing and leaving only a inch or two between you and them. Each move is taken carefully, quickly and with a calculated move. No time or space is wasted. No one drives with anger or with a selfish thought. And everyone stops for people crossing the street.
Shabbat is the most important Jewish holiday that comes each week, sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. The entire city shuts down. Buses, all stores and and no business is conducted. Parks are filled with families and friends. Everyone takes a break from their regular routine. Flower vendors popup everywhere on Friday morning. It’s such a nice break.
Time spent with family is the reason for our trip. It’s so good to stop and spend time together. Coming to Israel has a special meaning. Thanks for reading.