Month: June 2015

Greece Part I: Athens

What a crazy week full of adventure this has been. It has only been a week and we’ve done so much! We left Tel Aviv last Sunday for our two hour flight to Athens. How fun it is to live so close to Europe! It makes it so easy and affordable to travel. So we were dropped of at our hotel, dragging our 500 lb suitcases up the stairs to the entrance. And after that we didn’t waste a second. We immediately purchase tickets for the bus tour at the reception. The idea of the bus tour is that for two days you can get on and off the bus as much as you want, it stops at the important and tourist places. The best part it was only 18€ per person. The tour bus saved us the hassle of taking taxis or the metro. *Be careful of the taxis! They will try and charge you a fixed price of 15 or even 20 using the excuse that it’s night time or theres something going …

Tel Aviv Favorite: Nanuchka

Last week, before leaving Israel for my two month trip, we went on a walk around Tel Aviv. We started our walk in the Florentin, which made our decision of where to eat quite easy. We had to go to my favourite vegan restaurant Nanuchka. In my experiences dining at vegan restaurants, some dishes can be great but others on the menu, not so much. At Nanuchka I have never been disappointed. I love the entire menu. The restaurant serves Georgian cuisine, and for many years it was anything but vegan, offering traditional Georgian dishes made with meat, eggs, and dairy. In 2014 the owner of Nanuchka, Nana Shrier, made the very daring switch to make her restaurant 100% vegan. And it seems to be a roaring success, the place is always bustling and alive. The best part is that the food is real food! No over use of imitation meats or soy products. All the dishes are made with tons of fresh veggies and love! I would say that it is one of the most popular restaurants …

Exploring Petra: In Pictures (and a few words..)

Just a few hours after crossing the border back into Israel from Egypt I found myself making my way through customs into Jordan. Three countries in one day, nice. We showed our passports a total of six times on the way, only running in to some trouble with our bags. For some reason they were unsure if they should allow me to go in with my GoPro, which had an underwater case on it. Thankfully after some discussion amongst themselves, the security men gave me my camera back. Although the next item of suspicion was my mother’s police badge, which after ten minutes or so was returned to us… We were apart of an organized trip, we were fourteen total. Finally on the Jordan side we were separated into two vans and prepared for our two hour drive. Before climbing in the van I had no clue I was in for such a long ride, but wow, the Jordanian mountains are something beautiful. The lines of phosphate and shades of green from copper, it wasn’t …

Scuba in the Red Sea

I think this past week has been one of the most adventure packed weeks of my life. 🙂 Since Sunday I’ve been in Eilat with my family. It’s my first time here so I wasn’t sure what to expect. From tips I received from friends, I had concluded that you either love or hate Eilat. And after arriving here I think I understand why. Eilat is in the southern most part of Israel. The countries Egypt and Jordan are its borders. First of all, it is hot. Like really hot. Some hotels I think can be crowded with adolescent partiers. So the scene can be kind of loud and intense. BUT, in Eilat, if you go to the right places, and find the right accommodations, the experience can be a wonderful one! Like I’ve been having! 🙂 Luckily we had some friends recommend us some great places. So after finding two beautiful rooms (actually I believe they’re condos), for half the price of a hotel at the Palmerei Suites, we started off our first day at …

Who I am and why am I here?

Who I am: I’m a girl from the US who wanted more. Wanted to see more, do more, learn more than my surroundings could offer me. Growing up in a southern suburb of Chicago was nice and all but…I was ready for some traveling and adventure. I wanted to see the world. Last August I packed up a suitcase and left for Israel to continue some studying and to see the country. My life has not been short of adventure since. I’ve caught the travel bug and now I’m not sure if I can ever go back to that suburb. I’ve since found myself in India, and yesterday I was in three different countries within the same day, Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. There is something about the feeling of getting a fresh stamp on that passport. 🙂 I’ve learned so many things, met so many interesting people, experienced different cultures in different lands. I’ve known the electrifying feeling of exiting the airport and into the unknown, and now there’s absolutely no going back. I’m hooked. …

The Problem with Plastics

In all this hurry that we are in, do we ever stop to think? Do we ever think about what happens next? What happens after we throw our empty water bottles, coffee cups, or take-out containers? No, I would say most people don’t think about it. And why should they? Once their trash hits the can it’s out of sight and out of mind.