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.