WHY DO WE STILL HAVE JET LAG? Jet lag has been way to characteristic of this trip, thus even though it’s only 9:35 pm in Tel Aviv right now, I’m going to sleep as soon as I’m done with this post and force myself awake to go on a run tomorrow. Anyways, as you can guess, we woke up extremely late today and although we had planned on going to Jerusalem, we ended up having to change our plans. I woke up to a message from Maya who was available to hang out today, so Chris and I made plans to meet her while having a quick coffee and pastry at the coffee shop around the corner from our airbnb.
After munching on chocolate croissants and sipping our cappuccinos, we walked to the beach in the crazy wind in hopes of getting some nice wind swept shots.
The beach was super empty and the water was going INSANE. The ocean had set a white mist over the city skyline, blurring the view with a grey haze. The sky still shined blue and the light kept changing the haze from grey to a blinding white. A couple other tourists were out and about taking pictures as well, but all the Tel Avivians knew better than to head out to the windy beach.
After trying to get some good shots, Chris and I walked back to the boardwalk. My chelsea boots and black jeans were covered by sand, and Chris’s hands were sticky from the salty air.
We hurried back to the airbnb because we knew Maya would be coming to pick us up soon. Right on que, Maya was outside our airbnb and we headed to a restaurant she had chosen on King George, but when it became obvious it was closed we went North, we knew a good location in the North for taking sunset pictures so we decided to get dinner in the area- super close to our old campus at NYU Tel Aviv.
After dinner we drove to the north of the Tel Aviv beach, where the beach becomes cliffs and the view is incomparable. The sun had pretty much set at this point, so we struggle with finding light for our shots. Using our iphones as mini spotlights, we got some nice sunset shots. Chris and Maya bonded immediately, both personalities clicked. We all goofed around on the cliff for a while, basking in our shared love for Tel Aviv.
We then headed to the car where we were all mystified by the head lights, so we decided to take some pictures using the headlights. Maya lives in the North of Tel Aviv in an apartment above her parents’, so she has a car to commute to school and to the city. Today was supposed to be her day to study, but she decided to hang out with us instead. ❤
After the shoot, Maya drove us back to our airbnb. We were all exhausted at this point so we didn’t talk much, but we vibed with Maya’s fantastic playlist- the perfect combo of American pop, Israeli classics, and Indie music. Hanging out with Maya is always fun because she’s my age. Even though were both from different countries, we have so much in common 🙂