Once upon a love story: from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv

‘You have to find that one place that brings out the human in you. The soul in you. The love in you’ - R.M. Drake Have you ever fallen head over heels with a certain place on earth? That this ‘somewhere’ just made you feel like home and you couldn’t be apart from it anymore? OK, I guess we’ve all travelled to places that forever hold a place in our hearts because we loved it there so much. Maybe it was the vibe, the people we met or a brief moment of happiness that made us fall in love. But what if ‘home’ is not anymore where home is, once you’ve returned from your travels?! Oops. This happened to me after I spend a week in Tel Aviv. This city unexpectedly stole my heart forever. It happened so sudden, one moment I was just having another trip to Israel and a month later I was on the plane back to Tel Aviv. I quit my PhD, sold my stuff and gave Amsterdam a big hug. I couldn’t explain what it was, I just felt I HAD to be in Tel Aviv. Now here we are, four years later and the love is real!

new collection Still it’s hard to put into words what it is about Tel Aviv that attracts me so much. It’s really a feeling deep down inside that this place is my home. Of course, I love how it’s always summer here (such a cliché I know, but it just makes my heart so happy to see the sun) and that I now live a few minutes from the Mediterranean; if you’ve ever seen the North Sea you understand my excitement ;).. I also love eating vegan shakshuka at Anastasia, seeing the Hassidic rollerblading man on Dizengoff, taking my camera to Florentin to capture the street art and feeling the city go quiet on Shabbat. What made my love for this city real I think, is that it inspires me on so many levels. After many years I got back to writing that I love so much and I rediscovered how much I enjoy taking pictures. This is how I recently started The Colorful Traveller. I just have to share with the world my love for this city and this country; there is so much to see here, so much to discover. My blog about life and traveling in Israel will be online soon! In the meantime, I write my stories on Instagram; check out my page via @thecolorful_traveller. Why this name? What we see makes us experience certain emotions. Through my photography I try to capture my emotions with the colors I see, hoping it inspires others as it inspires me!

Out of the box fun thing to do: walk the do-it-yourself street art tour in Florentin! It’s free, short and something different from brunching on Friday. I did the tour and then actually had brunch at Meshek Barzilay in Neve Tsedek; walking makes me hungry ;) More info and map of the walk you find in the link underneath the photo.