zaterdag, december 09, 2006


Vitamin - shot....

Why I love Israel.

A leisurely, but energetic, walk from Ramat-Gan to Tel-Aviv Hilton-beach

Looking down at the small beach near the perfect blue sea seeing a happy bunch of people on small plastic chairs near small plastic tables - on towels, on the rocks

Descending the steep path towards that same beach arriving at the 'restaurant' hearing Bob Marley coming outta the loudspeakers, song after song............. "Is this Love?"

Without much ado laying yourself down on the sand - head upon purse - with half-closed eyes facing the sun - absorbing the music, the sun, the happy voices around you, the sound of the sea

After Bob gets replaced by other music and the sun starts to disappear from time to time behind sheeplike cottonwool clouds picking up your purse, tying your shoes to it, strolling barefoot through the water northward bound - sun a lot weaker now throwing a million crystal-shining little stars on the rippling tiny waves in front of your feet ....

Looking sideways to where a new flare of music comes from at the boulevard and seeing people, regular bypassers taking advantage of the opportunity and dancing on cheerful tunes, a full square - randomly gathered people - dancing, happy, giving themselves over to the tunes and the steps - they all roughly seem to know.

The first songs I watched being danced to were popular arab songs - sung in arabic and everybody seem to know them according to the measure of them singing along with them and they sure knew how to dance to it - as one big happy group (the saudi's I've seen on tv dancing on tunes like this in this way would surely get jealous of the passion these people put into it, hahahaa)

I left away from the boulevard towards the sea-line while a Spanish version of an old Yardena Arazi song was being played ...

Only to find, some 300 meters further on that different melodies caught my ears and while I looked where they came from I saw a bunch of hippy-like people dancing to the tunes of 'peace' music - As I got closer I heared all songs they were singing were about that subject, calm, relaxing peace-songs with fitting dance-steps....

My 3rd encounter with open-air music on this wonderful noon/afternoon was when I went up to the boulevard to get my feet washed and dried and put my sneakers on in order to go home: an american group of some 5-6 people, musicians, were singing life religious songs through their hifi equipment, having quite a gathering around them - and then I heard it: they were preaching a christian faith - Hahahahaa.. this is forbidden in Israel, but they were sunny, bright and having a lot of people listening to their music. Next to me two men sat talking with a very friendly woman who turned out to be on the 'christian mission' LOL. I've only encountered these things in the Netherlands before with Hare Krishna people. Jews don't go out and try to convert others, although they do hand out shabbath-candles with the accompanying prayers on flyers to other (secular) jews......

No medicines or psychologists are needed if you have this near-by when you're down and having problems. This was like a vitamin-shot no remedy can triumph.... Music, sun, disorganized happy and less-happy people.....

That's why I love Israel,


Hey I wana check out the beaches. They sound nice and funky.

have a look at my photo's, Drima :) I'm ABSOLUTELY in love with the beach!
quite convincing reasons !

I wish you could enjoy that as well, dear Osaid. Just freely decide to come to Tel-Aviv beach (or if you wanna travel some more to Gaza-beach which used to be magnificent when I knew it) and let all troubles melt in the sun for at least 1 day....
Definitely sounds nice :) and great pictures too.
Thank you FC, ;)
Hey tzedek
Good blog and good purpose
Inshalla we will have the chance to have peace with lebanon and etc
Nice to know u
Thank you, Ibnal3lam :)
בלי נדר
Kol haKavod, Refugee :)
In Hebrew... Wow! I'm in awe,

btw: w-h-e-r-e are you?

Missed you...
Hey tse, this is my idea of a perfect day as well - and I don't even need to walk as far as you did to get there, I just need to stop working for long enough :)
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