Jerusalem, Israel
Aya, 32
HR, Engineering College Jerusalem
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a bit about Aya

What do you do and why do you do it?

I’m an HR coordinator at the Engineering college in Jerusalem. Basically My job is about people and I’m a people person. My job is dynamic, interesting and I’m learning a lot. Every day is different from the day before which is very challenging, and I think in a way that what keeps me going.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

At the age of 16 I worked at fast food restaurant. I worked there for 2 hours and it was enough for me. The smell I had on my clothes after and the lack of hygiene at the place itself just wasn’t for me.

What’s your current hood in Jerusalem and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live with my boyfriend at Beit Hakerem. It’s a really nice and high standard hood but you can’t get to the city center by walking, you have to take a bus/train or drive your car.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I’m pretty much open to all genres. I don’t HATE anything, just not much into Mizrahit music.

You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

What can be better then ADELE?!

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Six feet under – smart, sensitive and the last episode of the series was definitely the best of all times. Girls – funny, realistic in a way, outrageous sometimes, but always with a spark. Sex and the city – because we all need to fantasize about conquering the city with Manolos and our best friends. Breaking Bad – Genies.com.

Name some spots in Jerusalem that are good for a Tinder date.

Gatsby, Mirror bar or Cafe Yehoshua, which is the place I had the first date with my boyfriend.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I buy a lot around the world, but in Jerusalem I have to say I’m not that original, ZARA- MAMILA.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

East Jerusalem -It’s not a safe area and I love life 🙂

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Walking around the city without a defined target. I guess I just need to find time to “get lost” and maybe I will feel the city like a tourist, it would be nice.

Where do you go in Jerusalem for a casual night out?

Flora Pizzeria – in my opinion this place has the perfect mix between Italian food and Berlin vibe.

Where would you go in Jerusalem to celebrate some freaking good news?

It depends on my food craving at the moment of the good news.

What’s your choice of transportation in Jerusalem and why?

It depends on the destination, even though I’m a bit spoiled and I will always choose my car.

What are the Jerusalem spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Machne Yehuda Market, Mamila Avenue, the old city, Ein Karem.

What are the Jerusalem spots tourists should run from screaming?

Mea Shearim neighborhood.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Jerusalem. How do you spend it?

Walking around Mahana Yehuda Market and stoping at Cafe Kadosh after to eat all the pastry’s my stomach can contain.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Berlin – the city has many nice and interesting restaurants, a lot of shopping ares, Art Galleries and I feel at home there, but still have the excitement of visiting a new place.

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