First of all, on Thursday I made a very exciting purchase.
So on Friday, after walking five miles to the mall for various errands with my ‘mates, I made my favorite frozen banana and chocolate protein powder blend. I think frozen banana will definitely be a thing for all of us now.
Bananas are also much smaller in Israel!
Saturday evening, we had our first Shabbat dinner together, potluck style. Shiran (our city coordinator) and her husband came as well. Everything was delicious, and I was happy to hear that my favorite spicy lentils dish, whcih I made with Stephanie and Paul, were very well-liked.
Later in the evening, eight of us split taxis into Tel-Aviv (since there was no bus or train service) and we went to the Flame Bar to meet up with Katie’s Israeli boyfriend and his friends. Everyone had a great time there, although Stephanie, our two Emilys, and I also had an incredible time visiting the bar down the street.
The four of us danced at the oval bar in the center of the jam-packed space, while the blasting music had the bartenders banging on cymbals, jumping onto the bar tops, and swinging from the bar’s trapeze-like structures. When the bartenders put on Guy Fawkes masks, one bartender handed me a matching mask and lifted me up to dance on top of the bar tops and then behind the bar with them.
It was pretty surreal. In the best way possible.
Another great thing about bars in Israel? They don’t close at 2am.
We were all happily exhausted on our taxi drives home at 4:30am. Back at the apartment, glorious girl talk still happened of course, with the nourishing powers of pita and hummus.
Having been able to organize this super fun outing with the others, I feel a lot more confident about going out in the future and try new things in Israel, not just confined within the city of Ashdod. However, I think it will be a while before I go for a big night out like that again, as I wouldn’t want to spend the cab fare too often. I’m still excited to see what other nightlife Ashdod has to offer, but at least I know that Tel-Aviv is definitely worth the special trip.