People, we have a crisis on our hands.Â No, it’s not my Photoshopping skills.Â We’ll address those later.Â Right now we are in triage mode.Â Â The issue at hand is that Mr. B has never been to Israel.Â You would think that living with Golda Meir-lite would have alleviated this situation for him, but unfortunately that hasn’t happened, because I am too busy maintaining a Mapai majority coalition.
Additionally, I don’t necessarily think that Birthright is a good situation for him.Â This logic would not happen to spring out of other Israel experiences on Birthright-related trips that I’ve heard about, where someone wakes up at two in the morning to the smell of Marlboros in their hostel room,Â Russian-Israeli soldier’s feet hanging out on the bunk above them and Absolut Limon in their shoes. This has not personally happened to anyone I know.
So, we are finally going to Israel. As soon as I get this coalition campaign wrapped up.Â My question to you:Â what places that you have been to in Israel have had the most impact on you, that you would suggest for someone to visit? Kotel and Yad Vashem are a wrap. I’m looking for both must-sees and less obvious places, like Abulafia bakery in Yafa or the Hasmonean caves near the Kotel , that really capture the essence of what Israel is about, only I’m too lazy to look for them myself.Â Suggestions for restaurants are also important.Â Food is a deeply emotional experience for both me and Mr. B.Â Once, we saw a challah shaped like Moses. So, restaurant recommendations are welcome.Â From what you may know of me by now, we definitely do not keep kosher/will go to a special circle of Hell reserved for Yaakov Smirnov, so are game for anything.
I guess what I’m really trying to do is give Mr. B a genuine Israel experience without kitschy tourist sentiment and show him why I love Israel.Â Also, I’m tried of trying to make real falafel myself.Â What are the places that really make you love Israel?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions and discussion.Â In appreciation, I will sing you a song. Or make you a Photoshop image.