TEL AVIV 1
The day started out with us walking to the bus station to give away the bus tickets we had purchased to go to Tel Aviv. We had decided to take a sherut - a shared taxi -that would go door to door. The bus station was very crowded as usual but even more so because of the holiday. The bus stations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem can be chaotic with no organized lines. We found two young girls who we gave the tickets to. They wanted to pay but we said they could just have them. The tickets are cheap - about $4 for one way ticket.
The Sherut driver arrived right on time at the hotel but he told us that he was only taking us as far as the airport and not to Tel Aviv. Somehow he thought that is where we wanted to go and we would take the high speed train the rest of the way. He refused to alter his plans so we told him to go and we walked back to the bus station and planned to take the bus. As we arrived there was a sherut parking area at the bus terminal. We negotiated with one of them and he was willing to take us to Tel Aviv for about $50. At this point we were tired and we decided to go with him.
We were dropped off in front of the apartment we rented and followed the instructions to get in. There had been a problem with the original apartment as they double booked and we said we would take the other one they had. This was the entrance to the basement/ground floor apartment. It was not very nice and really looked no better than the entrance.
We took off and walked up the Tayelet (boardwalk). It was a nice day and everyone was out either biking, walking, swimming, etc. Remember, this was still Passover and kids were still off from school.
There is one beach that is a dog beach.
At night Tzi picked us up and we went to his wife's sister's apartment for the last night of Passover dinner. Tzi has two sons and a daughter and 9 grandchildren and they were all there. They are from Iraq and the food as always was very special and different.