Sunday, February 20, 2011

NASCAR Thrills – on Tel-Aviv Streets

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) produces the most popular automobile racing events in the US. Watching the high-speed race keeps you at the edge of your seat. Cars zip around the track while maintaining a distance of barely a few inches from each other. Drivers stay highly focused at all times, and even the slightest mistake can result in a massive crash. I never dreamed I would share the experience of a NASCAR driver, till I got to Tel-Aviv…

Monday, February 14, 2011

Is the glass half full, or is it half empty?

The eternal dilemma around the simple question above does impact our daily lives... When we first came to the US, we ran into “positive talk” in everyday life.  People with whom we barely exchanged a word commented, “It was so nice to meet you”. Sales people greeted us at the store with “how are you today?” without waiting for an answer.  Coming from Israel it all sounded unauthentic. “Why don’t they simply stick to the truth?” we asked each other.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Who Took a Bite off my Money?

Many years ago transferring money from the US to Israel was a real adventure. Foreign exchange was closely supervised, and Israeli citizens faced many restrictions on holding foreign currency.  The best way to transfer money from the US to Israel was through carrying a stash of $100 bills in your pocket. But today, in a world of global economies, interlinked financial markets and the Internet, one would think that transferring money between countries would be straightforward. Well, almost…

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ah, Tel-Aviv

We have spent the days since our arrival on arrangements. Filling forms at government offices; shopping for cars; preparing the house for the container that will soon arrive.  Lot’s of chores and busy work. But not today… Today we decided it is time to make a trip to Tel Aviv. A fun trip for a change…

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Let's Talk in 3 Months"

Since we landed in Israel we met several friends of ours. Some have lived in the US and returned several years ago. Some never left Israel. They are all happy to see us back in Israel, and wish us all the best. They ask how we’re doing, and how is our adjustment coming along. And when we say that things seem to go quite well, many nod their heads and say – “we’ll talk in 3 months”…