Jerusalem, Israel
Laure, 26
Student, Hebrew University
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a bit about Laure

What do you do and why do you do it?

I’m a student studying Computer Science at the Hebrew University and Visual Communication at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. I was always pretty good with computers so studying that was something I always wanted to do. Happens to be that in the past few years I’ve discovered that I’m obsessed with design. This new revelation made me decide to learn that too and I found a program which allows me to do both degrees in a somewhat integrated fashion. So, I signed up!

Were you born and raised in Jerusalem? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Jerusalem?

Nope, born in Tel-Aviv and grew up in a small city not far from it. I knew Jerusalem as the old and complicated place that it is, but I also heard there was a cool vibe here and I wanted to discover it so I decided this is where I’ll spend my student life.

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

I live in the center of Jerusalem, which is great cause pretty much everything is in a 5-10 minutes away. As a student I knew that if the beer wasn’t a 5 mins walk from where I lived, I wouldn’t get to drink much of it. Which proved itself as pretty true. But the center brings with it downsides like crowds on the main street while you’re late for your bus to uni.

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

I like searching and exploring new styles and artists, but lately I mostly listen to Hip-Hop. I’m super into indie gigs so I try to squeeze one in my schedule every now and then. Hate super mainstream pop.

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

Gatsby is a cocktail bar set in the 20’s and Pergamon which is this club-gig place-bar-pita place.

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

The pubs on Yoel Rivlin alley.

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

Sira is this hipster bar in a classical jerusalem house. Most of the times locals are on the set but you could stumble upon a special like Rick and Morty screening.

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

I’d gather my friends and go grab a bowl of fish, which is all the ingredients of sushi in a bowl. Amazing.

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

By tram or by foot, cause its the least hassle.

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

The Mahane Yehuda Market. It really is the most lively place in the city. A vibrant market during the day and in night it takes the form of one of the biggest scenes in Jerusalem.

What are the Jerusalem spots tourists should run from screaming?

It’s almost inevitable to pass through there, but the central station of Jerusalem can get crowded with lines that will make you wonder if you better be off walking.

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

I would eat hummus at Ben Sira and check if there’s someone interesting playing at the Mazkeka and, either way, eat fries for dinner. But basically just walk around the center, sometimes stopping in my favourite spots for a beer or coffee.

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