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.