A Visit to The Holy Land 🇮🇱

As you may already know, I played basketball four years in Israel before coming to play here in Turkey. Although I haven’t played there for years, it is still one of my favorite places and normally I go back to visit at least once a year, and last week I had another chance to. While I was there, I wasn’t able to do as much as I normally would because I was still recovering from the bad ankle injury I got a few weeks ago, but I was still able to enjoy Tel Aviv’s good food, weather and catch up with a few friends who still play there.

IMG_3856
View of Tel Aviv Beach from my room

I definitely made sure to hit my favorite food place, Old Man and the Sea. It’s a sea food restaurant located at the Jaffa Port and the food is amazing. You are served fresh fish with a variety of small dishes (kind of like Spanish Tapas), that include things from egg salad, veggies, falafel, hummus and other specialty Mediterranean foods.

2200BCEA-E582-4E6B-8D88-E68A2BD8078E
Old Man and the Sea dishes

Dixies, Benedict and Mike’s Place are also some other great restaurants in Tel Aviv that I made sure to go to. Israel is very Americanized, so I was able to get things like pancakes and bacon and even real pepperoni pizza, which was a nice change.

As I said, I also had a chance to see a few friends. I caught up with my old teammate Chelsea Hopkins. We checked out the Jerusalem men’s basketball game and got dinner a couple of nights. I also was able to catch up and see a lot of my other old teammates play. And finally, I did step out to experience the great Tel Aviv night life.

IMG_3862
Chelsea and I, and her teammate Victoria
Image-1
I snapped a pic while at the Jerusalem vs Hapoel Tel Aviv men’s basketball game
IMG_3864
Got to catch my former teammate Tiffany do her thing
IMG_3870
Reunited with some of my Maccabi Ramat Hen teammates from a few years back
ee8d0c07-9141-450f-a877-083b8934cfd0
Got together with my old friend Clark and his teammate out in Tel Aviv

Overall, I didn’t do a lot, but it was nice seeing old friends and just having a change of atmosphere, and in one of my favorite places at that. I stayed right on the beach, so it ended up being very relaxing and a much needed mini-vacation. I hope to go back again sometime soon.

A few pictures I took of while out and about in Tel Aviv are included below:

0A9663C4-C46E-4455-BF8E-AF1E87A1561A
Jaffa

IMG_3783

IMG_3810

 


One thought on “A Visit to The Holy Land 🇮🇱

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.