One day in Tel Aviv

After a great 5 days in Jerusalem, Scott and I had plans to head to Tel Aviv for one day and quickly enjoy the city before our flight to Greece.

Tel Aviv seems to be a modern city with stylish buildings, an energetic nightlife and a beautiful beach stretch.
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Personalized by the Jaffa sandstone that you see all over Israel
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There are tons of beach bars, hence the umbrellas
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Sometimes a little too many umbrellas though…
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Israel overall is an expensive vacation destination and Tel Aviv accommodations were astronomical. With our flash-packer budget of $100 a day we were not exactly in a position to pay for even the cheapest hotels that ran about $130/night. So we leaned on Airbnb for help. We stayed with a fun college couple that open their homes to travelers on a daily basis. They were great hosts and we found it amusing living in a college student’s house again!

Scott and I only had one day in Tel Aviv but that was enough to explore the city. We spent the entire day just walking anywhere and everywhere. It wasn’t an eventful walk but I have a few fun things to point out. For example, we found a cool park with the coolest workout machines:
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We walked down a street filled with street art and I found this awesome building
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I found this random chain-linked fence with post-it’s on it and signs that I couldn’t read. I have no clue what this was about but found it visually fascinating. If anyone knows what this is about, please share it in the comments section!
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Scott made us visit the embassy of course
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And we took a stroll down a lovely street in the middle of the “White City”
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I really didn’t know what the White City was but Scott whipped out his phone and told me that he was going to take me on a walking tour and he was going to be my tour guide! So, I played along.

According to Scott: “As originally designed by architect Sir Patrick Geddes, the White City of Tel Aviv is one of the best examples of large scale urban planning to date. The White City represents architecture’s Modern Movement, and various buildings and spaces were designed by architects who had studied at the Bauhaus school, and with Le Corbusier and Erich Mendelsohn.”
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Below is a picture of the Dizengoff House, where on May 14, 1948 David Ben Gurion declared the state of Israel.
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Some of the buildings need a little work
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Scott ended the tour with “the part where you hold the tour guide’s hand and take a romantic stroll.” He did a great job so I tipped him the one shekel, that I found on the ground =)

We left the following morning and boy do I have a fun airport story! After receiving our boarding passes we had to drop off our bags to the security officers. I was stopped by two officers and questioned for about ten minutes while everyone behind us had to wait. “Why did you go to Jordan? Who did you stay with? Who did you talk to? Where did you stay in Israel? What are their names? Where do they live? What is your ethnic background? What are your parents names? What are your siblings’ names? Where were you born?” And every time I answered a few questions they would walk away (with our passports), hide behind an X-ray machine and talk about me. Scott says they were trying to figure out if I was Muslim, even though they never asked me directly. At one point Scott said, “This is ridiculous.” The officer then explained the reason they’re so strict is because they’ve had instances where people have tried to bring bombs on planes, or people placed bombs in other people’s luggage without them knowing. Scott said he was American and was living in New York City on 9/11 and didn’t need a lecture on airline security. Finally they let us through. It was… a very odd experience. The End!

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