Tel Aviv Tourist
by Sharon Zieve
What makes the Tel Aviv Tourist ‘Special’?
Yesterday I spent a couple of hours as a tourist in the country that I live in. I’ve lived in Israel now for 6 years and unfortunately it’s rare that I venture past my local Tel Aviv café or the swing park. Yep, I guess I’ve fallen straight into that stereotypical and universal motherhood mould. But yesterday, on my way to complete a mundane task at a government ministry in Jerusalem, I decided to make the most of it and spend a couple of hours as a tourist. I chose to visit the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and tomb, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Magnificent, awe inspiring and truly spiritual (even for a non-Christian), I was totally blown away. I just couldn’t believe that one of the world’s top pilgrimage sites was at my doorstep and it had taken me 6 years to get there!! It wasn’t only the beauty of the building or the emotional expressions on the faces of the visitors that moved me, but also the feeling of being a stranger in a new place. Walking through the Arab Market to get to the Christian Quarter, I was totally filled with that tourist buzz.
Something else that struck me was the difference between the tourists in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In Jerusalem, it was easy to pick out the tourists. Fanny Bag a plenty, guide books in one hand and maps in the other, tourists eagerly walked under manmade bridges being counted by their tour guides. This breed of tourist you just don’t see in Tel Aviv. Chic, stylish and cosmopolitan, the Tel Aviv tourist blends in with the locals and is often very hard to spot. Suddenly, it dawned on me that the Tel Aviv tourist is probably a wealth of local knowledge. Rather than asking a local what to do or where to eat, why not ask the tourist?
On a quest to break out of routine and live Tel Aviv for the truly amazing city that it is, I have decided once a week to try something new. ‘Something new’ recommended exclusively by Tel Aviv tourists, let’s see where it takes me. This is where my blog begins. I hope you enjoy it!
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