[Guest post by Smadar Raveh-Klemke in Tel Aviv] To break the long and cold winter in Hamburg, my husband and I went for two weeks to Tel Aviv to get some sun, meet family and friends and enjoy the city where I grew up.
We rented a nice flat in the old north of Tel Aviv. It had a large window with a beautiful street view. Every morning after breakfast while G. was busy with Trump news and parodies, I was sketching the view through the window.
I love walking in the streets of Tel Aviv. My mother, who was born in England and missed the English way of life and architecture, used to tell me that Tel Aviv is full of life but very ugly. I, who live now in northern Europe and miss the Israeli way of life, find that Tel Aviv is beautiful. With the years, Tel Aviv became a very green city. The trees and bushes got bigger and are decorating houses and streets. And there are many benches all over – perfect for an urban sketcher.
Tel Aviv is noisy and crowded, and all cafes and restaurants are always full of people. It gives an impression of a big celebration and that nobody is working in this city.
At the end of our long walks, we ended always on the beach, usually Gordon Beach, where I spent a lot of time in my young days. Watching the sea, having a karich sabich (sandwich with eggplant, egg and tahini), we soaked up the sun's rays for the cold days in Hamburg.