So things have gotten a bit quiet around here lately. At least more than I’d have liked for it to be.
I aim to get a post out once every week but honestly, it’s a success if I manage to publish a post once every 2-3 weeks.
I usually don’t like to talk about blogging on this blog, because I’m worried that it wouldn’t be interesting to you.
This is a travel blog, so for those of you that come by this little corner of the Internet to read my content, it’s because you love travel and are interested in reading about travel.
But, as a blogger, I also want to be honest about what I’m feeling in relation to this blog and to blogging in general. Open and honest communication is the way to go and I want to keep you in the loop… so hopefully you won’t mind if I take a post to communicate where I’m at with blogging and you know… vent a little.
If you’re planning a visit to Israel, there’s no doubt that a huge part of the appeal is the food.
Mediterranean cuisine is known as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world and the Israeli as one of the tastiest.
I mean, just look at this list: hummus, falafel, pita, tahini, shawarma, sabich, shakshuka. Just typing these delicacies is making my mouth water. And I’ve not even included the desserts!
Time and time again, I come across tourists and travellers who the first thing that comes out of their mouths, is how besotted they are with Israeli food.
There’s no doubt about it that many of us are unabashed foodies, willing to gobble up every delicious dish without concern for our wallets or bellies. Food is an integral and significant part of any country’s culture.
But it’s not always easy to find the most delicious food as a tourist in a city we’re visiting. The worthwhile bites that only the locals know about.
I’ve talked quite a bit about Jerusalem and how surprising this city is.
Despite what the media tells you, Jerusalem is not the monotonous, religious, war-zone city that it’s made out to be.
Sure, religion is a big part of the city’s identity and on occasion there are moments of tension. But for the most part, people live and let live and religion is not the only major focus of this city.
You know what is a surprising major focus of the city? …Art.
Yep, turns out that Jerusalem has quite the art scene.
As you may or may not know, a while ago I got the chance to explore the city of Jerusalem.
I spent 6 days there to attend my first TBEX and I enjoyed every minute of it.
While there were loads of awesome experiences that I had in the city and there are plenty of cool places that are very worthy of being visited – there is one place in the city of Jerusalem that I loved the most.
And that was the Machane Yehuda Market!
“You’re shaking … so am I. It’s because of Jerusalem, isn’t it?
One doesn’t go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That’s one of its mysteries.” – Elie Wiesel.
An enigmatic city that often gets misunderstood and misrepresented, but offers so much reward for those who dare to visit themselves.
After visiting the city for what was probably the fifth time, I realised that I never knew what this city was about and I’m almost embarrassed at how little appreciation I had for it.
I discovered that Jerusalem is one of the most enigmatic cities in the world and has so much to offer, but because of its famous history, importance in three of the major religions and reputation in the media, it often gets overlooked.
If you’re familiar enough with the travel blogging industry to know of TBEX, you may know that the conference was held in Jerusalem a few months ago.
Being that TBEX is the industry’s biggest conference, many travel bloggers and industry professionals flocked to Jerusalem for the week and had the chance to fully experience this very surprising & underrated city.
Now, I’m not going to talk about TBEX, because despite having had a fantastic time, I don’t really like talking about blogging on my blog.
But I am bringing this up because for many of the visitors who were coming in for the conference, it was their first time in Israel!
A short while ago, I was in the city of Jerusalem for my very first TBEX conference.
For those of you who may not know, TBEX is the travel blogging industry’s biggest conference and they decided to hold one in Jerusalem.
This was great for me as I live in the country and I had made it my goal to attend a TBEX in 2017 anyway.
So I spent six days at the end of March attending keynotes, meeting loads of new people and exploring the heck out of this city.
I came into Jerusalem thinking that I already knew what it was about.
But what I discovered shocked me.