Sunday, December 14, 2008

An Extraordinary Performance

Yesterday I spoke with a guy whose name is Erez. He fell in love with Bolivian music years ago and plays with his children in a band called 'Tzlileley Ha'inca'.
A year ago he travelled to Bolivia with his eldest son for the first time. They began to play for fun in the hotel where they stayed and the manager of the hotel who noticed it asked them to play in front of the guests. So these Israeli guys who play Bolivian music performed in front of … Japanese guests who stayed at the hotel. They thought that they are Bolivians but when they found out that they are Israelis they began to take many pictures of them. Think about it: Israelis playing Bolivian music in Bolivia for Japanese guests.

Enjoy some beautiful Bolivian music. Kalamarka

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Very Special Dinner

Something that made me really happy and also surprised me was about a couple (neighbors) who are ultra-orthodox and are my friends too. I met the woman who waited for the bus. I told her that I loved being with them at the Kabalat shabat so much that I want to write this story in my blog in English. She didn't know what a blog is, so I explained her. She loved the idea but she was surprised that I enjoyed myself so much. She told me that they thought it was too long for me or that I didn't like it which was the reason for not inviting me again. I said that I loved it and I could have told her if she asked me. She asked me to print it out after I publish it so her husband could translate it for her, as well as other stories from this blog. She was curious. I couldn't believe it.

They invited me once for a Saturday evening or Kabalat Shabat which was a very special event for me. It was the first time in my life that I had Kabalat Shabat with an ultra-orthodox family. I was surprised to find out how unruly the children were (5) (as in our family…) when the father said the prayer over the bread/hala… The mother begged them to listen but they were more interested in me who smiled all the time. They have beautiful kids. After we finished eating dinner, I was their entertainer and told them stories about Africa. They intently listened to me and loved it. They almost jumped on me giving me a necklace, asking me questions. It was a wonderful experience with much laughter and joy around the table…

You know, the funny thing is that they felt that I didn't like it while at the same time I thought that they didn't want to invite me again because I said something wrong. So we both felt rejected while being totally unaware of that we both enjoyed each other's company. I was so happy to find out that everything was just fine.

Recently the father of the family was strolling with his baby, while
Google Maps drove by and took pictures of the street. He was so happy to see them that he posed with a broad smile on his face to the camera while holding the baby carriage. We know that Google Maps blurs the people (great, BTW). But in this case, please leave this picture as is; don't blur his face.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Be Careful with the Food You Order

I've been to McDonalds awhile ago and ordered a vegetable burger (burger with vegetables, not a veggie one). I took my burger and took a bite. I began to feel my fever rising very quickly. It was a spicy burger. My friend, who saw my face changing colors, was chuckling… I went down to the counter and kind of begged the manager with few tears coming into my eyes and laughing at the same time of my reaction to this food 'It's very spicy'. The guy next to me laughed (the staff giggled too) 'I see steam coming out of your head'. Now that was it and I burst with laughter when I heard this and by seeing people's looks at me in the restaurant.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This Israeli Man Knows how to Dance Life

His name is Lenny Ravich from Dance Life Show. He wrote a wonderful book called 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment' which I have read a few times and highly recommend it. Enjoy

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Ruling Class in Tel Aviv

Dogs rule everywhere in Tel Aviv whether you sit at a coffee shop or walk on the street, leashed or unleashed, running around, it's obvious… One day I enjoyed a nice cappuccino while I noticed two pair of doggy eyes staring at me beneath a table next to me. He protected his 'master' there with his food plate at his lap, while a business meeting was taking place on a glass of white wine.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dancing life

Today I went to the market and on the way there was a suspicious object on the main road. So the police stopped all traffic, including the people who walked on pavements. In a different country people would be scared… but here, I met my neighbors-friends and we began to chat and laugh. I appreciated my neighbor's fake Prada and her mother's skirt so she showed something else she had in her bag (tried to sell it to me) and we all laughed… don't you think that this is dancing life?