Steves 7 in 7 (Israel)
(7 things Steve has learnt in 7 Days in Israel)
1. Noone Jaywalks (for a good reason)
2. Anything less than a shekel is completely useless
3. Max Brenner syringes are god.
4. Cab drivers will give you a Better price if you talk in Hebrew.
5. It's normal for people to walk with guns bigger than themselves
6. Lounge chairs on the beach are definitely worth the 12 shekel
7. If you can think of something to buy you can find it at the Jaffa market
8(bonus). Cats are everywhere
After sleeping through a nationwide bomb drill, we woke up at 11am which wasn't bad considering the time we got to bed. From there we got dressed, ate breakfast and were out the door by 1130. We were dropped in the old city and began exploring, starting with the markets.
After looking around for a while it became apparent that every present ever brought home from Israel came from these markets. Gav found his first magnets to add to his collection and I decided I to purchase a hilarious shot glass. It was here we all did some serious bargaining for the first time with gav getting half price and me being to lazy to try (because it was only 10 shek)
After grabbing some awesome Falafel we headed to Yafo gate where, in the spirit of budget backpacking, there was a free walking tours. The tour was a lot better than expected. Our tour guide knew his info, was quite funny (at times) and took us everywhere around the city, going to places where I had never been before.
After a cab halfway home, we were advised to hitchhike, an experience none of us had tried before. After waiting around 15 minutes we surprisingly easily got a lift, right to our door.
After a bit of chill at home and a good hour of snacking, we hitchhiked back into the city to see the Tower
Of David light show at 11pm. After waiting a while for someone to pick us up, we recruited local help (arryns cousin and her friends) and managed to eventually find someone to take us into town. Only problem was that they didn't speak a word of English. Our hebrew skills were put to the test with our request to go to the Jaffa gate loosely translated as "please walk us next to jaffa door".
After grabbing our tickets for the lights show we grabbed a quick bite of corn and pringles before sitting down and watching. Now whilst everyone raved about the show, I personally thought it was average. Whilst it was visually amazing, it was quite short and had a hard to follow storyline.
After this we took a casual stroll down Jaffa road to Ben Yehuda street where we walked around for a decent amount of time. After eventually finding a decent nag bar, packed with people, we sat down grabbed a bite and a couple of drinks.
After initial disbelief we chatted into Greg Goldman, (Friend from Perth) running intohim at the bar and had a good chill with him. Yonah and Josh Fuchs soon joined us and before we knew it, it was 2am.
We decided it was time to call it a night, knowing that thursday nights were the biggest of the week and didn't want to go to big on a wednesday. We hopped into a cab, getting absolutely ripped off but making it home safe and sound.