Tel Aviv Diary March 8-12, 2018 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - March 8-12, 2018 Karen Alkalay-Gut

March 8, 2018

King George Street has always seemed retro to me. It's not a guise, for a lot of people it's simply the way of life. A new second hand shop in Rashi Street with old typewriters, record players, black telephones with a separate ear piece, 'near' sets of dishes, art books, etc. it's a new branch of the Little Prince book store. Quaint, dusty, good for a poetry reading. Dusty, old fashioned, and kind of fun.We were wiped out for the afternoon and evening too. And then to come home to our bedroom that stinks of damp. no fun at all.

March 9, 2018

Syria bothers me day and night. We have not been stopping a holocaust and i don't know what to do. The Holocaust Museum is doing 'something' by having an exhibit here to bring up the subject but bringing up the subject is just not enough when it comes to neighbors.

March 11, 2018

Where have I been? From the moment I got my stitches out on Friday I've racing around. a bit of alcohol may have effected my concentration but there really is too much to do around here. an early evening in Sarona with friends at Molly Blooms where there is Guiness as well as all my other favorite beers. but this time we ordered Jems which turned out to be disappointing.

Okay I'm walking around with a blood pressure monitor that doesn't leave me alone. Not only is it measuring my blood pressure every twenty minutes but it makes strange noises that cause my friends to say "bless you" all the time. I thought i'd be doing all kinds of things today but i'm exhausted by this strange machine. "Clean it off first," Smadar said to me before I left to get it, but I forgot, even though it didn't look all that clean. Tomorrow morning I return it and I can't wait. By then we should be announce general elections and my blood pressure will be much higher.

March 12, 2018

the brand new museum of natural history will be opening up in May, but i got a glimpse of it today and it is pretty cool. the website isn't even open yet but here

i've been wanting to talk about the amazing commercial on tv. you here the voice of david ben gurion reciting the declaration of independence to the backgroupd of scenes of the people of israel - jewish, arab, ethiopian, religious, beduin, christian, etc./ it turns out to be an ad for tiv tam, the russian non kosher chain of supermarkets and if you don't think it has affected my desire to shop there you're wrong.

it is clear to me that if i didn't feel the pressure from religious institutions i would be so much more traditionally jewish than i am now. so much.

want to read my latest book? It's here. the invitation for the launch is here