Israel: Through Local Eyes


Where are you originally from?​ 


In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
The people here are hot and spicy.

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Sababa – it works whenever you want to describe something positive. You can use it for everything.

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Shalom, Toda, Bevakasha, Sliha.

Are you more like laid back or party people?
Party people. We never miss a chance to party and make noise. You can find more calm places if you try, but don’t expect everywhere to be like that. No matter where you go, you might find people with music, usually playing the music with actual instruments. They would usually won’t mind if you’d join them.


Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
The best food is easily Hummus. The classic Hummus is amazing, and there are a few ‘improved’ variants – Hummus with fried mushrooms, eggplants and eggs… Everyone must try Masabaha – fresh Hummus with chick peas cooked with garlic and lemon.

A local snack that you should not miss is Bamba. It looks like cheese doodles and its peanut buttered flavour. That is the flavour all Israeli kids grow up with.

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Our local drink is Arak. That’s an anise-flavoured drink. Drink ice cold, with pieces of any citrus and spearmint, preferably when on the beach.

How is breakfast served in your country?
We serve eggs, a few types of local cheeses and a lot of fresh veggies. We drink strong black coffee in small cups with or after breakfast.


The best festival to attend?
Our best festivals are Indienegev and Yearot Menashe. They are a few months apart, one in the beginning of summer and the other near its end. They both exemplify the best of Israeli young artists – musicians, designers and painters. Indienegev is in the south, in the Negev desert. Yearot menashe is in Menashe Forest in the north. Prepare to be barefoot for days at a time.

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
The moat popular sport is Soccer. Most people follow the Israeli league closely. Israeli people love all kinds of sports, and take interest in many types of sport – American football, Australian rugby and football, cycling and many more.

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Israel Trail – hike all through Israel on one trail that takes you through all the kinds of many sceneries Israel has to offer.

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Go snorkeling in the red sea, at Eilat’s beaches. There is so much life to see there, in our big coral reefs.


What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Gdor national park – it is a short stretch of beaches that are not very well known. You can find untouched and most secluded beaches that are easy to get to.

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Tel Aviv. This city offers all the best restaurants, music shows, museums, old city and much more, and everything is walking distance from the beach.


In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
The weather is hot, the people are hotter.

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
Israel has many kinds of sceneries to see, and a few interesting cities to visit. Luckily, Israel is so small that an hour long car ride is always more than enough to get you to a completely new place. To get a taste of everything and get to feel the Israeli rhythm, plan to stay for at least 10 days.

When is the best time to visit?
In march and april everything is amazingly green and every little place is worth visiting. In july and august you can find street parties and beach parties without even trying.
Can you give an interesting trivia about your country? (Could be about anything!)
We win the eurovision song contest every 20 years! 1978, 1998, and now in 2018.
What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliche? (We’ll see which has the most epic one!)


Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
It’s hard to choose, but Im going to say Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The most beautiful island, with the best food I ever got to taste. Great parties at night, amazing ‘laying back’ during the days.

What’s your best travel story?
When I was in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, I was strolling down the street, looking at the little boats that were tied to the harbor, when I saw a floating house. I got closer to see what it was, and I found that it was a house that someone has built on a raft he made from empty bottles, and now he sails around in it. You can find pictures of it online.

Why do you love traveling? 
When you’ve been traveling for a few days and find your rhythm, your mind is so much more open for having new experiences and seeing new places in a way that it just is not when you’re at home. You can’t fake that feeling and there is nothing like that.


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