Tel Aviv Diary - June 24-28, 2013 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - June 24-28 2013 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

June 24, 2013

These are the final few days of madness and joy - Oren's wedding, Orit's birthday, the last days of school, exams, my retirement celebration, guests from abroad, poetry readings, etc. etc. Then comes a couple days off and then back to work, but on a normal, human scale.

We had brunch at Cassis, on the beach just north of the Muslim cemetery in Jaffa, just below Liz's house. It is such a gorgeous place, and seems like paradise, but they were really not ready for us - we only got half of what we ordered and it came very late. Still that couldn't break my good mood - the waiter looked like a Sumarian soldier to me, the sea was magnificent, and the beach was almost empty.

In the evening we ate at Papa's where the food was plentiful, fast, and incredibly good. Who needs a sea view when you've got great music, great atmosphere, and a happy stomach?

June 25, 2013

Everything I said last week about the airport? The Grand Humorist was listening. Last night we went to pick up Elaine Feinstein from England. First, the plane was due at 22:35 but was delayed an hour. So there was a bit of a pileup of incoming passengers. Then, as we were waiting, the whole incoming customs area was closed due to a suspicious car outside, so the passengers only got to come out after an hour, and then all at once. Another jam. It's one of those situations that you want to kiss the welcome mat when you finally get home.


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Beneath is the tentative poster of the conference on June 27. And here's a sample of what I write: Poem of the Week in Haaretz

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