Year: 2015

7 Reasons Why It’s Easy To Be Vegan in Tel Aviv

Vegans all over the world are faced with the same (slightly irritating) questions and assumptions that come with the lifestyle: “But where do you get your protein?” “All of your hair will fall out by the time you’re 30!” “What do you eat besides lettuce?” Growing up in the United States, a country where people love, and I mean love eating meat, I’ve heard my fair share of those questions. But then Tel Aviv came along with its vegan restaurants, festivals, and love. I was so pleasantly shocked at the openness and understanding people have towards vegans and vegetarians upon moving to Tel Aviv. Whether it’s the love for fresh produce or living creatures, or the inspirational public figures, Tel Aviv is becoming a vegan hotspot. Check out my 7 Reasons Why It’s Easy Being a Vegan in Tel Aviv. 🙂 http://theculturetrip.com/middle-east/israel/articles/7-reasons-why-it-s-easy-to-be-a-vegan-in-tel-aviv/    

Kibbutz Lotan

Located in the middle of the desert in the south of Israel, we stopped for a night at Kibbutz Lotan on our way to Eilat. At the time it was a few months before my brother was to start his program there. The Green Apprenticeship, as the course is called is… […] a sustainable development and permaculture design course. The GA trains apprentices to understand and be able to identify and create sustainable solutions for social, economical and ecological issues facing critical industries such as agriculture, water, energy, waste management, construction, and more. And what a magical place it is! Surrounded by desert and mountains, there was so much to see and to understand around the kibbutz. My favourite part being the dome shaped ‘eco-huts’ made out of mud  by students. My brother is living in one now and I could not be more jealous. THE ENTIRE STUDENT AREA IS SOLAR POWERED! 🙂 Thanks to the unrelenting desert sun this is possible. They also have washing machines powered by bicycles, pretty darn cool. And it …

Pottery class treasures

While traveling, my mom and I were inspired by many of the tea and coffee cups that we came across so the first thing we did when we got back to the states was sign up for a pottery class. Here are a few of my finished projects that I took home today! Wheel throwing was such a blast and I can’t wait to start another session of classes. If you’re around the Chicago area check out Penguin Foot Pottery and take a class!

Grow it yourself

Coming from a suburb of Chicago, the weather is not ideal for my favorite fruit trees to flourish. But here in Israel it is heaven for all of my favorites: MANGO, avocado, lychee, just to name a few. It was one of my wildest dreams to live in a place where those trees grew in my backyard, and now they actually do, and it never ceases to excite me. For what reason now do I need to go to the grocery store? NONE. At least while mango and lychee season are in progress. Still waiting on the avocados though… Although we don’t have a big enough yard to plant a big garden, we do have a balcony with sufficient space and sunlight to sustain a happy and healthy garden. The vision started with just a few cacti and now everyday I’m picking hot peppers and cherry tomatoes, basil and mint, lemongrass. We also have rosemary and zatar, and even tiny eggplants! All on our little balcony. And it is so easy to maintain. Just some …

Beach Garbage

As we all know (hopefully), plastics in our planet’s oceans create a lot of serious issues. And there are severals causes or sources that allow these problems to take place and persist. The one that I want to talk about is probably the most obvious one: the garbage we leave at the beach.  Beach Picnics Who doesn’t love a good picnic at the beach? I know I love them, I just enjoyed one yesterday. But the one thing that made it a little more difficult to enjoy was the garbage rolling over my sunbathing body whenever the wind blew. It made me kind of wonder how that could happen when all I had to do was lift my head and I could see about four garbage bins. Besides the extensive list of problems I have with the overuse of one-time use plastics, I loathe witnessing a lack of concern or carelessness when it comes to these products, especially when it involves the health our beaches. You would think that anyone who likes to visit the beach …

3 Days in Santorini

Island Hopping To travel to Greece without visiting at least one island is a mistake, and it was a mistake we were close to making. This trip I didn’t take much of a part in planning the destinations, my brother and mom had strong ideas of where they wanted to go and for just how much time. I didn’t ask to many questions.  The original plan was to stay in Greece for only a couple of days. Impossible. There is no way to see a fraction of things one should witness while visiting Greece in just two days. No way. Thankfully we all agreed on this after arriving and immediately made a change of plans. Because why fly all the way there and not see what needs to be seen Santorini We took a ferry boat from the port in Athens to Santorini. There are two different kinds of ferries, the ‘fast’ boats and the regular speed. We opted for the fast one and the ride lasted I think around 5-6 hours. The inside of …