This week I returned home from a 10-day trip to Israel. It was free, and it was awesome.
My trip was sponsored by Israel Outdoors, a Birthright provider that focuses on—surprise—the outdoors. I hiked the Masada at sunrise, swam in the Dead Sea, and kayaked in the Jordan River. I saw breathtakingly beautiful views; from the foreign landscape of the Israeli desert, to the orange sunset over the Mediterranean. But still, as much as I enjoyed the hikes and the views and the (DANK) falafel—I’m a born and bred city kid who is also a Future Boston intern. I wanted to see the city.
I visited both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during my stay in the land of milk and honey. These two Israeli cities are quite different. Jerusalem is a land rich with history that is also the religious epicenter of the world. Tel Aviv, on the other hand, is a comparatively new city (as most cities are when compared to Jerusalem) which caters to the modernity-seekers of the Middle East.
I spent a few nights in Jerusalem and (tear) only one day in Tel Aviv. But despite only spending one day in the city of Tel Aviv, I fell in love with its vibrancy. There were two aspects of the city that struck me in particular, both of which I think could bring a new energy to Boston.
The street art in Tel Aviv is both prevalent and amazingly creative. Walking around the city one sees a huge spectrum of variety within the street art realm. Varying in style from political, to simplistic, to urban, the street art in Tel Aviv broadcasts the artistic spirit of the people who live within the city.
My favorite part of visiting Tel Aviv was going to the flea market. A massive array of vendors offers everything from art to judaica, jewelry to vintage clothing, and souvenirs to toys. The flea market reminded me of Eastern Market in my home city of D.C. It left me wondering why there is no equivalent in Boston. Flea markets are fantastic places for creative people to get together and sell their crafts. They are also great places for tourists and locals to shop while enriching their community.
As great as Israel was, I’m glad to be back in Boston. Still, I’d love to see a little bit of Tel Aviv on the streets of the bean.
—Carly Loman, Future Boston Intern