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Beyond the Scoot: Happiness Measured in Coffee.

Shalom Tel Aviv: the best way to say goodbye, that only makes you want to “stay, stay, stay for a while“. 

Yesterday’s goodbye to Jerusalem at the Austrian Hospice: a peaceful rest from the chaos below.

Boker Tov and Shabbat Shalom.

My favorite cafe in Rehovot: Chef Emmanuel. So charming. 

This past week has flown by and I’ve covered a great many kilometers trying to say “Shalom” in my own way before leaving. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some rather great moments in all the chaos this past week and take some time to enjoy the now that will soon be only memories. Today is my last day of rides with the vespa, as my scooter insurance covers till the end of the day. 

The range of feelings I have experienced this week has left me a bit exhausted. I keep floating from excitement to return stateside (and seeing my loved ones at home) to yearning for more time with this beautiful land and loved ones here. At least I know that October’s return flight will be here before I know it and there is comfort in that. I can’t wait to eat tons of Tex-Mex and Chick-fil-a. Woohoo.

I’ll only add these few photos today and get the vespa adventures posted soon, but I thought these moments were worth sharing. I hope all of you have a very lovely weekend. Cheers. 

About kaie w. bird

A freelance photographer in Israel that likes to scoot about while documenting just about everything. P.S. I am a horrible editor. Forgive me.

11 responses to “Beyond the Scoot: Happiness Measured in Coffee.

  1. I know you are taking a good deal of this place with you, inside you…. You are a true traveler and there’s no way to get rid of all that “range of feelings”. Thank you for letting us enjoy part of this gift here, too! 🙂

  2. This is so beautiful! Love love loved having coffee with you when we had a chance and looking forward to many more! Shabbat shalom ❤

    • Heard that! You let me experience a side of Jerusalem that hasn’t been easy for me to discover and that alone was a magical treat. I was so happy to spend that first day there with you and lucky you had some time for the second coffee date! I hope that you and your love have a great summer in Israel. Enjoy every moment and make as memories as you can, so that you can have them in the “bank” when you need them and you aren’t around anymore. Thank you for everything and I send my love to you and yours! Shabbat Shalom! (It may just be ending in Israel, but it still counts here! Ha.)

  3. Awesome images. Safe travels home.

  4. Cafe shachor im hawaigh – black coffee with hawaigj! (it’s an Israeli/Yemenite word- I have no idea how to transcribe it into English. Hawaig, hawaigj, hawaig… Whatever) .

  5. Café fare and coffee in general in Israel is just awesome. And yeah, Yemenite coffee with hawaigj is the best. You must have some in the Yemenite quarter in the south of Tel Aviv. And next time in Yerushaluyim, go to café Tomer in Rechavia.

    • I can’t wait to go back and find these cafes! Thank you, toda, for the tips!! Yeah, I love coffee. Israel knows how to do it.

      • In Jerusalem you should also try some halva from the Halva King at the Shuk mahane Yehuda. I like the coffee halva, but also the pistachio one is “end of the road” good! 🙂
        (if the “end of the road” didn’t make any sense: ask any Israelite)

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