Shopping on Your Scooter,

Ultimate Errand Machine,

This little machine of beauty is so useful, even when you think it would be quite limited from its size, it can surprise you. Today I headed out to shop for tonight’s dinner and ended up with my lightest load yet, to transport home. I once tended to be one of those shoppers who bought a week’s worth of groceries at once instead of a more urban approach of going daily for the things you need. Or course my habits have had to change with the move here to Israel and not having a car’s ample space to utilize. Although, I have been very happy with my resourcefulness and the storage space offered with my Vespa. I have drove before with the [white] bag full and felt a little uncomfortable, so it is just about what you know you are comfy with and staying with those limits on your shopping errands. Continue reading

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With The Parking Situation, Custom prevails.

Is it all a matter of tolerance and location? Pretty much, I’ve found out.

 

After doing some more research about this whole parking situation for scooters, I am fairly glad that I am here in Israel where everyone keeps it pretty loose concerning what you can and can’t do with your scooter. I park here and there without any hesitation and don’t have to worry about tickets when I return. I haven’t paid to park in any of the lots since I just make my way up to the store entrance and park off to the side on the sidewalk. I assume there was a more casual way of parking in the states also, but this is just simply not the case.

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Vespa Mileage: full ‘er up!

Fuel and Mileage:

Today I filled up my 4th tank of gas. I have now drove around 466kms on the Vespa and spent under 150NIS total, which is around 42 USD. 466kms translates into roughly 290 miles and to me that sounds pretty great.  Today is Shabbat and many places are closed till the sun sets, so at the gas stations they added a ‘Shabbat Tax’ of 3NIS to the total, which is why it was 38 instead of 35. Shabbat Shalom! As for the stats of the previous full tank, I ended up getting around 120kms from 4.4 liters (75 miles for 1.2 gallons). The nice thing about driving on Shabbat is that there isn’t much traffic (although here is tons of foot traffic and bike traffic) and more so early on in the day. So I try and get some good rides in on Saturdays, because it is so much easier to just enjoy the roads without all those other drivers all over the place. Hope everyone is having a good weekend! Cheers!

P.S. Thinking about owning one of these beauties? Here is a nifty little link for you:

http://countrycitywoman.hubpages.com/hub/Shopping-for-a-Vespa-Scooter-Yay

UPDATE:

 Some of my posts might not have much, or any, reading and just include images from that day’s adventure or ride. The point of this blog is to try and help those who find it with some information not found elsewhere. But is also offers a look inside the ‘Vespa Lifestyle” and to me that is nothing without the visuals. I most likely won’t wax on about politics in the region or discuss Shakespeare in depth, because that is not the point of this blog. I hope all of my readers and visitors to this site can understand that and respect that. Thanks for reading, or for just viewing, my blog.

Oh, and as a professional photographer, I do like to take photos. So expect plenty of those.

Here is a video I put together to show the difference between Israeli stoplights and those in the states: 

The main difference here is that instead of changing between red and green lights with only a yellow, there is this blinking feature. The biggest difference is when changing from red to green, the red will stay and the yellow light will start blinking. After 3 blinks, it will be green and you better already be going before those lovely Israeli drivers behind you run you over. This is where I get a little confused myself, because in the states it can be dangerous to go full speed just after it turns green. People tend to run their red light far too many times than not back in the states. So I thought it would be safe to assume it would happen here too. The thing is that when you have the lights set of like this, people seem to not run them as much. Israelis do run red lights of course, although I haven’t seen this happen anywhere near as often as I did while driving stateside. (And they are be NO means “good drivers”. I’m pretty sure it is widely none how crazy Israelis are out on the roads.) So when I see that blinking light, especially during my first few weeks of driving here, I was waiting for that last person to come through their red and would wait till the green. Of course, this isn’t something the Irsraeli drivers tolerated so well. All I heard that first week was honk after honk after honk. Lesson learned. Continue reading

Vespa Lifestyle,

Courtesy of Los Angeles,

‘VESPA ADVENTURE TEAM independence!!! PART 2’,

This is a lot of silliness and a great  presentation of the Vespa Lifestyle via L.A, where the sun is always shining!

Part 1 is located here:  http://vimeo.com/12599114.

Plus more in their collection over there full of random Vespa exploits to watch and enjoy!