“Cain means yes and lo means no” …this is what my 3 ½ year old daughter said to me today as we rode home on our of-a-niyim (bicycle). Learning a new language and trying to fit in with a new culture leaves me with so much to learn, take in, and absorb.
It’s amazing how my daughter Mikah has adapted to this completely new and totally foreign culture. On the first day, I was a bit nervous dropping her off at our solely Hebrew speaking gan (nursery school). I wondered to myself how would she do? Would she completely freak out?
I came back at 4:30 to pick her up and there was Mikah, laughing and playing with the other kids! It’s amazing to think how adaptable children are, and how open to new experiences. I can really learn from her.
I’ve been told my daughter will be completely bi-lingual in a few months time, and that soon she’ll come home from school and just start speaking Hebrew. I’m so impressed!
Tel Aviv, a truly vibrant and alive city. The beaches are beautiful, the water warm, cool cafes and coffee bars line the streets. Aside from a brief sand storm it has been pretty amazing to live here. Our apartment is near the flea market in Yafo. This area is changing rapidly, now there are flea markets, antique shops, vintage stores, small cafes and many small designer shops. The people are electric and creative. One of my favorite discoveries so far includes a small hip soap shop where they make the soaps and lotions on site. There is an energy of newness and change in this country that seems to be growing so quickly.
I’m thinking about opening an Egg boutique here and am scoping out some cool locations. I visited the Diada Center in the North of Tel Aviv in the Namal Port area that was developed a few years ago. It’s a center for kids with swim lessons, play spaces, and great shops. How exciting! I will be scoping out some more spots next week, and I can’t wait to see what I find.