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WomCub

  • The Hood

    Greetings to all,

    As promised, we added 18 photos of our neighborhood to our photo gallery. Thanx Mike, for your help with setting it up.

    You can see our apartment building, the street we live on, a view of a small part of the yarkon park across the street from us, some roads/buildings in the area, the small zoo just inside the park area, and even some Israeli flags hanging out of some windows in an apartment building in the area (photo #17).

    The series is titled ORhood for Orly & Reuven's Neighborhood.  

    We think that we are blessed to have such a nice surrounding within such a big city.

    It's summer here now and it's hot. The humidity is on the rise, but the parrots outside seem to love it.

    I (Reuven) don't like the heat at all, but on the other hand, don't miss the blizzards of New York either. I remember days that were so cold there that not even two pairs of gloves, long-johns, and boots would help. I guess between the heat here and the freeze there you might say I haven't found my paradise, weather-wise, yet ...    Smile

    And on that note, we hope your summer will be great.

    Cheers, 

    O & R

    Posted Jul 01 2008, 11:04 AM by WomCub with 1 comment(s)
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  • Interlude

    Hi all,

    We would have liked to post pics and descriptions more often, but, as you know, sometimes you have all the time in the world to do that, and sometimes you simply don't. We're currently at the point of busy busy busy with no end in sight.  But we won't give up! We will post pics of our neighborhood as soon as we get a chance, and will continue describing life here.

    Till then, I'd just like to relay that since last year, we have been discovering many new nature-related places that visitors can reach relatively quickly from the center of the country. Israel, it turns out, has many sites to see that are not so well advertised in the papers. There are quite a few wildlife reserves, flower parks, and lake/river spots to visit, and great hiking trails to enjoy.

    My (Reuven) parents live in the Golan Heights, and that is a beautiful part of the country that could be a great topic for a post on its own.

    Anyhow, thanks to those who read this. We read the blogs of others as well and like to know how others live in different parts of the world.

    May you all be blessed with everything that is good, always.

    O&R


    Posted Jun 15 2008, 11:39 AM by WomCub with 3 comment(s)
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  • Cultural Synopsis

    Greetings,

    Mike and others have asked about the culture here in Israel. It is a pleasure to respond to this, because Israel's culture is very rich and varied. Some have characterized Israel's cultural life as reflecting that of a "little America", but there are Israelis who are not particularly fond of such a description.

    We have here anything and everything you can think of, culturally speaking. There are the arts, entertainment, social events, music, sports, and culinary delights, as much and as fine as anywhere else you would think of in the world. And in each category, there is a really large variety to choose from.

    Israel is a very vigorous modern state, always on the go, and always ready to adopt more practical methods of accommodating both its citizens and visitors. There are things to do here for everyone, old and young, and there is always something going on somewhere that is within traveling reach.

    Being a native New Yorker myself, I naturally drift towards the cultural variety that NY has to offer. Here, homogeny is definitely not the rule. Israelis differ broadly in their tastes and preferences and, to use a dining example, if something isn't on the menu, it will either be there the next time, or someone else will invent it at a different location.

    The state is relatively young, but it has no doubt been taking some giant steps forward throughout its short history. And with its ancient past as a people, dating back thousands of years, the collective experience amassed over the years has ensured a considerable wealth of cultural diversity.

    Hope everyone is having a good week! 

    Till the next post ... 

    O&R

    Posted May 28 2008, 10:18 AM by WomCub with 5 comment(s)
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  • Remembering ...

    Shalom,

    Since Writer Lady wrote about memorial day, we would like to mention that here there is a day of remembrance just before independence day. It is a day that starts with sirens wailing throughout the country, and everyone stands still, even if they're driving on the road. They stop their vehicles, get out, and stand in silence, remembering the many casualties of the wars, and the victims of terrorist attacks throughout the years. When that day ends, the celebrations begin for the country's birthday. It is, in fact, a somewhat difficult transition, packed with emotions, but almost everyone sees those days as very sacred when it comes to patriotism.

    Israel is a strong, vibrant, and basically happy country, despite the myriad dangers we face now and the difficulties we have faced in the past. This land is a beautiful strip of geography, and the culture here is one of vivacious variety and upbeat living. It's truly a shame for anyone to miss an opportunity to experience this small but fun and historic land.

    Well, that was my best pitch for tourism! And no, I don't get a commission for the pitch ...  Big Smile  

    Time to go now. More to follow ...

    Reuven

    Posted May 26 2008, 10:00 AM by WomCub with 1 comment(s)
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  • The Green Scene

    Hiya,

    It's Orly & Reuven together this time, and we're going to fill you in on the greenery we live with in this part of town.

    Our apt is a relatively small one in a really nice part of TA, and the park across our home is a natural wonder, filled with nature, wildlife, people, sports facilities, playgrounds, and, of course, a long and serene river (the Yarkon, as Mike would know by now).

    Reuven and I take long late-afternoon walks among the beautiful grass, trees, and tranquility in the park, and are declared bird watchers and digital camera enthusiasts (amateur). We also love to have a simple Friday morning breakfast on the grass in the park, where we can observe the many and diverse ducks that inhabit the river, and share some bread or other snack with them. The picnics and walks in nature are our way of saying to the world "OK, work's over, time for some R&R!"      Smile

    The park is not the only place we experience the greenery. We have tall decorated trees (with some real nice flowers) right outside our bedroom window, and at this time of year, green parrots call those trees their home. They're noisy, but we assume that not many people get to see such a site when they wake up in the morning.

       Green parrot outside our window ------> 

    About the Chinese, we have lots of restaurants like that throughout the country, and Israelis are in fact very food-culture-aware. And, the interesting thing, is that since both Reuven and I keep kosher, we even have plenty of kosher chinese places to choose from!

    Don't want to keep you reading for too long, so we'll sign off for now, and leave you with some original photos I (Orly) took around our home and in the park.

    Reuven says: Yup, Orly is a really good photo taker!
    Orly says: Not so sure about that  ...     

    Yarkon Park/River:

                           
         

                           

    Shalom for now ...

    O&R

    Posted May 22 2008, 08:40 PM by WomCub with 2 comment(s)
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  • Second ...

     Hi!

    Thanx for your responses!

    Hopefully we'll get this blog moving soon. We're having a few intensive weeks of bureaucracy to deal with for different reasons (work, family , etc.).

    Just a small tale for now: We celebrated Israel's 60th by going to the traditional air/naval show on the TA shore. It was very impressive and would have been the perfect event, had it not been for the unfortunate accident. One of the parachuters landed in the crowd a few minutes after we left. Some, including the parachuter himself, were injured. But the day went on, we went to a Chinese restaurant, and had a great time in the beautiful Yarkon park just outside our home.

    I hope you all enjoy your holidays and vacations as much as we do!

    Will write again soon ... 

    Reuven 

     

    Posted May 22 2008, 12:20 PM by WomCub with 2 comment(s)
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  • Hello World!

    Hi,

    We are Orly and Reuven, from Tel-Aviv.

    We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with you, which will include our forays in the nature that surrounds us (we live just across the great scenic yarkon area), events and activities we find interesting, and general life here in Israel.

    We hope you'll join us in learning about life here, and enjoy our interests as much as we do. 

    Hope to hear from you soon ...

                                                                    Smile
     

     


    Posted May 20 2008, 05:35 PM by WomCub with 3 comment(s)
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