I worked and lived in Israel for about seven (7) years of my life over the period 1963–1974. In the beginning I worked at different kibbutzim (I’ve picked most kinds of fruit…) around Israel like all scandinavians who went there at the time. Later I lived in Tel Aviv and worked at two different travel agencies.
Tel Aviv is a modern town, awake 24/24 all days of the week. I love Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv has changed a lot over the years since I first visited in 1963. The above image from Yafo towards the north of Tel Aviv is from 2006 when I last visited. I am sure the skyline has changed again since. The town was unusually deserted in September 2006 because of the recently finished Lebanon crisis. It was uncertain for a long time if I at all would be able to go to Israel. But crisis finished and I could go.
I miss Tel Aviv a lot. The heat, the dust, the crowds, the crowded beaches, and the sea, the food, the people. Tel Aviv has a beautiful beach. Long and well equipped with lots of restaurants and coffeehouses along the beach front. I also miss some of my friends from then. I don’t miss the constant security checks every time when you go into a shop, a cinema or a restaurant, but you get used to them. Unfortunately they are necessary.
Tel Aviv today is huge. It has grown both to the south and the north and inland.
But I still love it. And I DO miss the proximity to the sea.