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Life in Tel Aviv

The First Months: Living in Tel Aviv, Studying at TAU

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015

The First Months: Living in Tel Aviv, Studying at TAU

With the beginning of classes behind us, now is the perfect time to look back at the launch of the school year, from living in Tel Aviv to classes at TAU. Living in Tel Aviv Tel Aviv is truly a city that never sleeps. Every day, from before sunrise to well after sunset the streets are full, busy, and loud. Waking up for classes is easy. The Sun is shining, people are walking about on their daily routine, and the streets are full of cars, taxis, buses and motorbikes honking at each other to get out of the way. After classes your time is yours to do with as you wish, and Tel Aviv offers a...

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Tel Avivian Hot Spots for the International Archaeology Student

Posted by on May 20, 2015

Tel Avivian Hot Spots for the International Archaeology Student

If you’re feeling bold enough to venture out onto the streets, beyond the walls of the university, there is a world of history and culture waiting for you in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is known for its overflowing beaches, youthful residents, and edgy nightlife, but the ocean-side metropolis is not only a Mediterranean party hub. Between the coffee houses and beachside clubs, one can find vestiges of Tel Aviv’s long and multifarious history. After enjoying an Israeli breakfast at one of Tel Aviv’s hip cafes, meander your-cappuccino-fueled-self towards an enlightening cultural and historical...

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Living in Tel Aviv, Where East Meets West

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014

Living in Tel Aviv, Where East Meets West

Tel Aviv is a city of wonderful diversity and beautiful contrasts. It is the city where East meets West, old become new, and sandbanks become urban centers. The City is a composite of people of multi-ethnic backgrounds, liberal attitudes and variance of architecture which makes up the unique fabric of Tel Aviv. They say that Istanbul connects the East with the West, but its Ottoman imprint is totally different from the Arabic / Jewish exoticisms of Tel Aviv. Ahead of you the colorful Mediterranean and behind you, the romantic Middle East. Israel as a whole is the full embodiment...

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Putting Down the Trowel and Picking up Matzoh: Pesach for an Archaeologist

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013

Putting Down the Trowel and Picking up Matzoh: Pesach for an Archaeologist

I was reluctant to go. When our social program coordinator, offered up the opportunity to spend Pesach (Passover) Seder at an Israeli family’s home it took some convincing.   I suspected I would spend the evening intruding on a family while they shared this special night together and struggling to pick up every 10th word of their fast-paced Hebrew. Upon hearing my plans, almost every Israeli I knew gave me the most exaggerated look of pity, and it started to feel like a sin that I wasn’t about to share the evening feasting with someone. I began to regret not jumping on the...

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First Semester at TAU: Highlights from the International MA Program

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013

First Semester at TAU: Highlights from the International MA Program

T.A.U., or as the students call it, Tau, is supposed to stand for Tel Aviv University, but that is a misnomer. The campus is actually just north of Tel Aviv, in Ramat Aviv, and after a semester here I believe it more accurately stands for The Adventure University. My journey began when I chose to do my undergrad in anthropology, but job hunting with a just a B.A. in that field is like a “Mission: Impossible”. For that reason continuing my education with an M.A. was the only reasonable option. I was lucky and found the International Program website while researching Tel Megiddo, one of...

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