Sunday, 9 March 2014

JERUSALEM -> TEL AVIV -> TZFAT


A spontaneous weekend with a special friend. This lead to us going 40 hours without sleep, five hours of traveling (all by bus, train and cab), but an experience that will remain with me forever. This was one of those weekends that you just cannot wait to tell everyone about. From free transport throughout Tel Aviv to Tzfat, from the beautiful art of watching a train station turn open and turn on its lights and from the short stops in places I have only read about. My most treasured thing though, is to be able to come back to Jerusalem. 


The bus at 22:00 from Jerusalem to TLV. 


A night into the underground TLV night life, filled with sounds of trumpets, laughter and the Hebrew language. There are these short intervals where someone will be showing people how they do graffiti or of people just dancing outside to the middle eastern sounds. 


Local bands whose names I wish I caught. 



The alternative ambience showed the life of the locals to its utmost truest sense. 


The Cello. The interment that ruled the night. 


A 3am snack. A frozen yoghurt filled with Oreo's, strawberries, white chocolate, melon, peaches, pineapple and many other things that Israel has to offer. 


Photograph #1 of our bags while backpacking through TLV. This was at 03:40 outside a 24 hour cafe on King George Street. 


 Having to catch a spontaeous bus at 03:50 means having to pack a bag in four minutes and leave the apartment in your pajamas. Oh, the experiences in Israel! 


Photograph #2 of our bags outside the TLV Train Station (Rakevet Haganah) - this was at 04:20. 


The train station opens up at 05:00 - this was while we were waiting outside. It felt as if we were living in a movie. 


Being able to watch the Train Station lights turn on and the doors open - only then to receive free train tickets. This was art. 


Photograph #3 of our bags within the train station. Waiting for our train to arrive and then depart for Nahariya. The last stop of the train and the bus stop for the 367 bus to Tzfat. 


Our need for our music on our cellphones, for our upcoming two hour train ride led us to use the power points behind the vending machines at the station. 



05:30 our train leaves for Nahariya. 


Good morning Nahariya. 


Finally! Our bus to Tzfat left at 08:15. 


The sun is out…HELLO TZFAT. 


09:30 arrival


Our Tzfat explorations and adventures begin. Those small cracks in between the walls of the Tzfat buildings which open to the incredible views- priceless. 


To get us into the relaxed mode of Tzfat and to begin welcoming Yom Chamishi (Friday) this talented man played Shabbat Zemirot (songs) in a small and intimate courtyard, in the Old City of Tzfat. 


This amazing artists was sketching the musician. 



The beautiful landscape views of Tzfat. Breathing in the holy air. 


The small coffee shops. 






The Artist's Colony. Tzfat the land of art. 








Walking the streets of Tzfat. 

One of my most treasured things about Tzfat is that every telephone box is painted. And not just painted - but everyone of them is a piece of art. 





A mystical, magical and meaningful Shabbat spent in Tzfat. 



SHAVUAH TOV EVERYONE. 

Life Through The Lens of a Student At Hebrew U and Bezalel

Wow, what a journey! These past few weeks have been a complete whirlwind. My days are just beautiful- in every aspect. From the small things such as finding at least five different accents every day, the view of the Old City every single time I walk to and from campus and as well as those interesting lectures and art classes that I never want to end.

Here is a short time capsule into my past few weeks at Bezalel and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem:







Contemplation period between classes. With this view there is nothing that can beat these moments. 


The view from the Hebrew University Amphitheater. The first signs of sunlight on the hills of Jerusalem. 


My Monday and Wednesday's are filled with this intriguing class. Learning about the history of Israel, while living there is a very unique and touching experience. These nights are my favourite. 





 My first day at Bezalel. Walking into a class, sitting down and being told to just draw whatever is in front of you. This journey, in this institute is going to be one of complete self exploration and an experience of a life time. 


The view from my art studio, that I share with four other ArtJerusalem students. The view within itself, is an inspiration for a number of artworks and concepts. 


 A protest being held at Hebrew University by the Medical Students. They were protesting against the Hospital not paying their lecturers. This went on four about two days. Students standing up for their teacher's rights- this is amazing. 


We were privileged to have a screening of the award winning movie 'Fill The Void' both directed and written by Israeli, Rama Burshtein. Followed by a Q and A with the director herself. To have a glimpse into the Ultra Orthodox Jewish community was an experience unlike any other. I absolutely recommend this movie- both directed and written beautifully, with such sensitivity and insight. 


Myself and Rama Burshtein 



Watch the 'Fill The Void' trailer above. 


Magnificent flowers blooming by the K'far Ha'Studentim (Student Village) 


Tuesday nights are 'Couscous Conversation Nights' - these delicious and thought provoking nights are certainly one of the many benefits of being a Hebrew University Student. 



My first 'Conceptual Collage' at Bezalel. 


Challah Baking


A beautiful Shabbaton in the Katamon neighbourhood in Jerusalem. This Shabbaton was through the Hillel Beit Midrash Program and was a compete success. Filled with lovely families, the Shabbat in Yerushalayim feeling and inspirational WOW'S (Words of Wisdom)- I loved every minute. 




Drawing Class: sit in the corridor of Bezalel and choose an angle that you would like to draw. This was my angle that I chose. 




One of the joys of Hebrew University are the small events happening their on a daily basis. Such as this stand of unlimited hot chocolate, tea and coffee with a Tzedaka tin next to it. So wonderful. 



OR this Mini Shuk (market) handing out free fruit and vegetables to the students in awareness of helping he elderly at the Shuk. 



My first painting using water colors. 




Another drawing exercise. 

So far my time in this place is making me want to never leave. Jerusalem, Hebrew U and Bezalel are my perfect three.