Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Commuting To Tel Aviv

The curse of Adam (with the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread) has hit me with full force as I am now commuting from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

For those of you who don't know, the journey from the dry mountain air of Jerusalem to the humid seaside of Tel Aviv is, without traffic jams, only 45 minutes apart. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem not only differ in climate, they are two different worlds with different personalities. The differences between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are so vast that it is mind boggling.

In any case, it takes me an hour and a half from the time I leave my Jerusalem home until I get to my Tel Aviv office, and an hour and a half to get back home. If I did not wake up early and pray in a Terah minyan it would take even longer to get to TA, as the traffic jams get worse the later it gets. At work I live on caffeine, and as the week goes by I lack more and more sleep. On the Sabbath I catch up on a lot of the sleep that I missed during the week.

There are also advantages to working in Tel Aviv. The city has a charm all its own that can be appreciated even from a die hard Jerusalemite. And of course, it has one very precious thing that Jerusalem lacks: the sea.


Anonymous said...

Interesting. Thank you for the timely insight. I have decided to live in Yerushalayim initially, and flirted with the possibility of working in Tel Aviv with its opportunities. In the end, I could not envision myself doing the commute. Ah, let the adventure continue!

Cosmic X said...

Chana Meira,

If you want to live in Jerusalem do your best to find work there. I wish you much success!

Baleboosteh said...

I too found that post very interesting. I have never been to Israel, but would love to visit sometime in the not to distant future.

You have quite a way to go to work and back each day. Travelling for an hour and a half each way every day makes for a very long day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cosmic X,

I have just moved to Jerusalem and may wind up working in Tel Aviv. I know it is a long commute, but I have done longer. I don't think I want to give up the religious atmosphere.


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