Israel Street Art:

Rehovot Edition.

‘Rehovot for Change’

One of my fascinations is street art and graffiti- especially that which is more political in tone. I plan on expanding my photo catalog in the following months and providing a visual guide to some of the street art within Israel’s cities. You could somewhat call it a “little Berlin” and even stumble across some old Banksy pieces in a few places I most likely won’t be riding my Vespa. Funky Tel Aviv is dripping in endless ranges of both graffiti and street art, while Jerusalem slowly surprises you with just how bold she can be down those dark alleyways. Rehovot has proven to be a sassy sidekick between the two extremes of TA’s in-your-face approach and Jlem’s subtle cat and mouse game.

Vespa Lifestyle:

 Hipsterdom, with Lovely Cali Views.

You got to put up with a lot of [horrible] hipsterness in this little vimeo video, but it is worth it to see some of the sites they feature of California. They discuss their musings about vespanomics and bathe in the ocean.  While it is a great many things, it is also one great example of what I mean when I say “Vespa Lifestyle”. Just nix all of that hispterdom.

From the website:

 A recap of the Vespa sponsored tour from artists Jason Reeves, Brendan James and Amber Rubarth.

In the midst of these deeply troubling times, every day people are joining forces to make a real and positive difference in the world.We have reached a critical “tipping” point. Our thoughts, choices and actions impact the world directly every minute of every day. We cannot satiate every impulse, satisfy every craving and at the same time pretend we are working towards world peace or saving the earth. The time to do something is NOW.

THE VESPA EXPERIMENT’S primary mission is to send a message to stop global warming by using the power of music. The three musicians will ride Vespas up the California Coast, honoring the natural beauty of the West and performing at traditional (club) venues, as well as on mountaintops, beaches and town centers. For two weeks they will engage their fans in thought-provoking ways, through music and honest dialog, while living as simply as possible by camping along the way. In a modern twist, they will film a documentary as they travel, posting daily footage to the web so fans at home can follow along. Fans will be able to communicate with the artists in a communal dialog as they seek to change the world together.

I found another ladyvespa while searching the depths of the bloggin’ vespa scene,

http://www.scooterlust.com/

I highly suggest checking out her blog and combing through her archive. 

During all my searching throughout the web in the scooter community,  I found it to be mainly dominated  by male bloggers and writers.

I couldn’t find the types of articles I wanted to read, with the focuses that I had an interest in learning about. It isn’t as if I am looking for the Vespa Wife’s Guide to Superb Housekeeping or anything crazy like that, I just wanted to find a space out there that remembered that we existed.

And remembered that we don’t take a back seat anymore.

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Buying a Vespa here in Israel:

I personally think it was for the best that I came across my Vespa when I did and that I bought used. All of the details, at the time, made it clear that it was the best option for me and was the most practical. Being here in Israel, I tend to be more on the weary side when it comes to those “bigger ticket” items. Things in general here cost more than do in the States, so I tend to question my purchases more here than I have at only other time in my life. Decisions here, whether I like this aspect or not, take a bit of time and patience is a lifesaver. In the states, I have a lot more freedom and knowledge of the system to be able to do what I may, generally. In Israel, more or less, once you buy it: you’re stuck with it. (That applies to my specific situation as an American on a tourist visa. An Israeli wouldn’t have as much hassle dealing with the local bureaucracy.) Being a smart consumer here in Israel means being able to survive, so one tends to place a great deal of care in these endeavours.  Continue reading

Bloggin’ Vespa,

I came across some great articles and blogs focusing on the riding and care of your Vespa. Here are some great sites below to check out,

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahelliott/2011/09/16/how-to-ride-a-vespa-safely-in-new-york-city/ .

From Forbes.com. The author covers a great range of important points and it is worth your time to read. Huge plus: the author is lady! No wonder she covered all the essentials. =  )

Vespa vs Smart Car?

To buy or not to buy- that is the question.

More Links about the 2008 Vespa LX 150, Continue reading

Full Tank and Ready to Go!

Fuel and Mileage:

When I bought the Vespa it had around 6,000 kilometers on it and I have since refueled it three times now. In the two previous tanks I cleared about 347 km, by way of 10 or so liters total. Which is about 35 km to the liter (about 2.9 L per 100 km, or 82 miles per gallon) for those two fill ups.  As I write this my brain is fighting with me to make sense of it in gallons and miles, but I am fighting to keep on with the metric system. I had to fill ‘er up again today and made sure to take note of the what, when andwheres as to better document for the blog. I needed only 4.4 liters to set me back at a full tank and the total rang up to 32.05 NIS. At the current USD to NIS rate, the amount I paid for a full tank was $8.37! The Official Vespa website says that all you need to drive is $9 for the tank, so they are spot on with their claim. I will keep track of the mileage better this tank and post the results when I next fill ‘er up.

P.S. Offical Vespa site, http://www.vespa.com/