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Travelling while at LSE 1 – Israel

I spent a week in Israel during Easter break. It was the first time I actually traveled (other than a quick trip back to the US) since arriving in London last September – so far my study abroad experience has been much more about the study and less about abroad. But my trip to Israel, as well as visits to a few countries after exam, turned out to be amazing experiences and I wish I had made more travel plans earlier during the year.

 


Before departure

For most passports holders, a visa is not needed to visit Israel. If not, you need to go to the Israeli embassy in London to apply for a visa. Their opening hours are 9:30 to 11:30, just walk in, no appointment needed. Visa is generally issued within 2 days.

Things to do

Tel Aviv:

  • Being part of the city
    • The modern part of Tel Aviv is not the most attractive in terms of planning and architecture. However, I spent most of my time in Israel walking/biking around Tel Aviv, visiting different parts of the city without a specific purpose. I’m not a big fan of sightseeing. Instead, I usually try to live like a local when I travel. I visited a number of restaurants, jogged along the seaside, and surfed at Dolfinarium Beach. There are rental bike stations everywhere and it’s very easy to get around the city.
  • Visit Jaffa
    • Tel Aviv is sometimes referred to as Tel Aviv-Yafo, and the Yafo refers to the old city of Jaffa. It’s immediately to the south of Tel Aviv and can be reached by bike within 20 minutes from most parts of Tel Aviv.
  • Surfing in Tel Aviv
    • Israel has several good surfing spots, a few of them in Tel Aviv, such as Hilton beach and Dolfinarium beach. There are also surfing clubs in these locations in case you want to take a lesson or rent a surfboard.
Tel Aviv Jaffa

 

Jerusalem:

Jerusalem is a much more beautiful city. It’s a city that carries so much history and you can feel the heaviness in the old parts of the city. I only spent half a day here so don’t have much to say.

  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David
    • A sound and light show telling history of Jerusalem at the ancient citadel.

Masada/ Dead Sea

Masada is an ancient fortification on top of a rock plateau in the middle of a desert overlooking the Dead Sea. A mass suicide was said to have taken place here toward the end of the First Jewish-Roman War. We joined a tour which allowed us to better understand the history of this place as well as visit the dead sea. It costs less than 50 pounds per person if I remember correctly and having a local guide is definitely worth the money.

 

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