Seriously though, I truly love the Winter Beach in Tel Aviv. The experience is so far removed from our usual sweaty sunbathing, paddling, swimming, and leisurely book reading that is totally enjoyable for the few months of winter weather that we suffer. It’s a wonderfully indulgent feeling to spend an hour or so walking along the pier, dressed in woolies, coat, hat and scarf, catching the cold wind as it blows from the frothy sea. I often take a brisk walk on the sand itself near the waters edge to get a whiff of the breamy sea air. The Winter Beach in Tel Aviv is almost deserted apart for the odd runner and those brave-hard rubber covered surfers who ride the wild waves. A few overdressed children are dragged along by a parent in the hope that the winter walk will knock them out. A lone but tanned lifeguard can still be seen practicing his safety moves!
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 the 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.
Do take note that Israeli folk dancing is a phenomenon in itself. People from anywhere can just jump in and jig along, jump out and carry on their merry way, it is free….and funny
Preview YouTube video Israeli folk dance at Gordon beach Tel Aviv, Hora Yayin
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