COVID has spiked here in Israel. They’ve decided to close schools early, and I have a day off while mine figures out curriculum and Zoom.
What do you do with a day off before a lockdown? You go where you’ve been wanting to go most– Tel Aviv. And I hopped on a bus this morning and did exactly that!
This was a safe and distance-able thing to do– everyone wore masks on the bus, and in Tel Aviv people were either at work or preparing for Rosh Hashanah, mostly, so it wasn’t crowded.
Michael and I met up with our friend Rebecca, who is teaching in Tel Aviv now and will move to our apartment in Be’er Sheva at the end of January, when we move to Tel Aviv. We grabbed takeout at Aroma and headed directly for the beach.
The COVID rules for the beach are: Wear a mask until you sit down with your group. You can take your mask off if you are six feet apart, and you can swim. I’m not sure how these rules will change when the lockdown starts tomorrow, but no matter, because we won’t be going to the beach anyway.
We went back to Rebecca’s apartment for Ulpan (Hebrew class, on Zoom), and then Michael and I took a long walk back to the bus. It was about 2 1/2 miles, and we figured, hey, this might be our last long walk opportunity for a bit. Our decision absolutely paid off– We walked for an hour and a half or so, and we got to pop into shops, see some of the street art Tel Aviv is famous for, and get a feel for the city where we’ll be moving in just a few short months.
I have to say, I am NOT looking forward to another lockdown. We just got out of quarantine, so the idea of going back in, teaching online– it’s hard to face. But, tomorrow is Rosh Hashanah, and we’ll celebrate Israel-style with our neighbors. More, then.