On the wide grey prom
enade, shadowed by mostly unoccupied towering hotels, life is still in full play, Matkot play that is.
Matkot is an Israeli obsession. It is in our D&A. Just like a version of squash with the same swings of aggression when hitting th
e ball and that heavy popping sound bat to bat. Played with a medium sized hard wooden bat (think large ping pong) and a stone hard tiny black ball (think WOW pain). During the Winter Beach in Tel Aviv this is played outside in designated areas by passionate and serious players who don’t care about the sesonal weather.
Of course we cannot forget the dancing! Loud taped music booms across an asphalted square, the size of a mini ballroom allocated specifically for another Israeli obsession, folk dancing! I understood some years ago that even the winter chill does not dissuade these hardened traditional (but not professional) dancers from continuing their trance like formation steps! Dressed in warm attire they are few, but formidable.