Now it's already been two months since we moved from Munich to Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv. And I think we can say that we've arrived. We all got our visas into the passports, the basic furniture is bought and (mostly) built up, the first people came to visit us. And we're having something you can call everyday life. The thing many want to get away from but that we were longing for, because it gives you a structure to build upon.

Last week we had our first visitors from Finland: Annika's sister Heidi and her Aunt Pia. As there were public holidays in Israel, we decided to rent a car and visit the region around the Sea of Galilee. For most it's just a 1 1/2 hours drive from Tel Aviv, but for Annika it's about traveling back in time, as she lived there with her family around 30 years ago.

Some things you just believe when you see and experience them. One of those things for me was: Tel Aviv without cars. To give you an idea of what it usually looks like, check out a Google Maps screenshot from a couple of weeks ago: Traffic as usual in Tel Aviv. As I’m biking through that, it’s a constant fight to get out of the city towards the beach, where I head north towards Herzliya.

Yesterday morning I baked baguettes for breakfast for the first time since we moved here, then we went to the beach to enjoy the sea, which was calmer than we’ve seen it so far, and finally we did what we always do on Saturdays. We had ice cream in the “Golda gelato factory”. While enjoying the sweets Linnéa said the magic words: “Hey, I’m actually a little happy that we moved to Israel.

Since 4 years I haven’t written anything here. It wasn’t because nothing meaningful happened, but we were just back in our everyday life in Munich. Things I wanted to share didn’t fit into a theme one could follow, or something you as a reader would want to come back to. That changed now, as we moved a couple of weeks ago to Herzliya, a town north of Tel Aviv.

Yesterday was the last day of my paternity leave. Tomorrow I have to go back to work. Almost 9 months together with the two little ones 24⁄7.It’s weird how fast time can fly and how much can fit into such a relatively short amount of time. I enjoyed every moment - the good, the happy, the stressful, the adventurous, the calm and the tough ones. It was great to talk to so many people to realise how special the situation in Germany and a few other Scandinavian countries is for the fathers.

Driving towards Bethlehem in West Bank is a bit adventurous. Navigation is not supported, so you follow Street 60 through Jerusalem and wait for signs until you’re able to follow them. Then slowly traffic decreases more and more…

If I get to a new place, I usually need some time to digest what I’ve seen. That’s one reason, why this blog is not proceeding as I’ld like it to be. This is even more true after our trip to Cuba. But some of the first impressions want to be told and written down.Of course we knew that we would experience something different by signing up for a bit more than a week in Cuba.

This will be a tough one. It seems like since quite some time there are so many books, blog posts, magazine and newspaper articles around, which try to help out on this topic.

Daniel Wilms

living in tel aviv. parent of two kids. husband. explorer. enthusiastic about my family, bike-swim-run, photography, cooking, baking. traveller. idealist. optimist. passionate triathlete.

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