A year in The Netherlands. Through the eyes of an expat.

It has been a little over a year since we came to the The Hague in The Netherlands. I wrote about my first impressions HERE . Those first months were a regular – full blown ‘honeymoon’. You know – when you don’t see the faults of the other person when you’re constantly amazed with how great they are. And even […]

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Amsterdam every year to celebrate the long-awaited return of SPRING. Which is so important in a country where, as I read today, there are only 45 (sic!) sunny days A YEAR. (I choose to believe they meant the FULL days of sun;)    Sakura – from the Japanese word 桜 is […]

Tel Aviv – it puts a spell on you.

And it is a spell alright.  The atmosphere of this place is absolutely amazing! If you’ve ever been to NY you will experience quite a similar vibe here. Some Mediterranean hybrid of it;)  But you might wanna say – while ‘NY is so enormous and diverse, how come the relatively small Tel Aviv could possibly pull this […]

Masada – the legend.

Unique, extraordinary, amazing, stunning. That’s what comes to mind when you think about it. A place that brings to mind a sci-fi moon-like scenery; mystical with breathtaking views. You’ll find it in the middle of the Judean Desert, right next to the Dead Sea. So close you can see its waters should you choose to get […]

Jericho – the oldest and the lowest city in the world.

Jericho is actually one of 5 cities in the world claiming to be THE oldest one. The complete list as follows: • Jericho in Palestinian Autonomy • Byblos in Lebanon • Damascus in Syria • Luxor in Egypt and • Beirut in Lebanon The truth is all 5 of them have a history dating back […]

Ramallah – the injured city

When you think of Ramallah, you probably think about the conflict. Why wouldn’t you? It’s the West Bank, the Palestinian Autonomy – an actual part of the Israel – Palestine story. If, on the other hand, you don’t have the Israeli – Palestinian relations on your mind, you might wanna think about Palestinian culture. It’s true […]

Lost City of Petra

When you think about Jordan – The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to be precise – you immediately think of Petra. The Lost City of Petra. The abandoned city, the city half-built, half-carved into the rock, surrounded by mountains, the Rose city (this is due to the color of the rocks it was carved in). The […]

What do the Rosh Hanikra grottoes have to do with Borat?

If you fancy high cliffs and amazing grottoes plus the bluest color of the sea – you’ll love Rosh Hanikra. It is a complex of chalk cliff in the North part of Israel – just on the border with Lebanon. Of course – since those two countries are still officially at war – you cannot use […]

The Dead Sea. Is it really dead? Is it really a sea?

Wait, what? So what is DEAD SEA and where is it? Well, from the very beginning. The morbid sounding “Dead Sea” is actually considered to be a lake by some and a sea – by others. As a reminder – in general – seas are large, and salty and deep. Lakes are smaller, with either fresh […]

Hebron – Israeli/Palestinian conflict in a nutshell

Kiryat Arba, Ghost City. Hebron. That would be Hebron H1 – controlled by Palestinian Autonomy and much bigger Hebron H2 – under control of Israel. Hebron is the second biggest Palestinian city – right after Gaza. It was originally known in Tora as Kiryat Arba – The Village of Four. Now Kiryat Arba is the name […]

What to do in Israel?

10+ things you absolutely need to do while in Israel If you do, it will change you. For real. We lived in Israel for over a year, had some amazing weekend getaways, trips, and hikes, we had guests over and toured them around this country numerous times. Fell in love with what this country has […]

What to expect when you’re EXPATing in Israel?

Sooner or later every expat faces the challenges of adjusting to life in a new country. After what may seem either a honeymoon or a crash course in some cases – the real life begins. And so we ask ourselves the question – who am I? Am I a guest? A traveller? Or more of a […]

In the shape of a heart – Makhtesh Ramon

Desert is nearly half of Israel’s territory and it’s often just sand and rocks. Not here though. Makhtesh Ramon – this strange place in the middle of the Negev is one of the most unique and original spots created by nature in all of Israel – and yet – it’s so unknown!  It took us only […]

Dutch biking. Extreme sport or simply life?

When you start to live in a foreign country it’s always about getting to know it. Getting to know its people, its customs, its everyday knowhow. One of the things that comes to mind when you think about The Netherlands is biking. And so yesterday was my first day of the real biking experience. It […]

Eilat – Little Russia of Israel?

I like to call Eilat this way, because together with domestic tourists there’s a whole bunch of the Russian ones. You can hear Russian everywhere, people start the conversation with you using this language, hence the feeling of sort of being ‘abroad’ abroad;) We started our trip from Jerusalem and most of our route was […]

10+ reasons to fall in love with the Hague

It has been our first week in The Netherlands – in The Hague to be precise – and I am already close to loving this country. Now, I know that the beginnings give you all the opportunities to idealize, but I really hope it’s not the case. As for now – I really dig this […]