Jerusalem, Israel
Linda, 32
Museum fangirl, lover of cityscapes
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boutiques museums traditional food beer gardens fashion breakfast and brunch café

a bit about Linda

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in Business Development at ScaleAbout, an awesome startup that enables creators to mentor their fans. I love helping people connect & being part of Jerusalem's vibrant startup scene.

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

A lady never tells.

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

I was born and raised in New York, and lived in Italy for two years. Jerusalem cast its spell on me during a family visit when I was 16, so here I am.

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

I live in Baka. The good: cute houses, cute stores, super convenient. The bad: I wish there were a better place for brunch (as much as everyone loves the cafes on Beit Lechem Street, I am not so keen)

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

More than any music, my playlist would consist of 500 Days of Summer and comforting TV shows.

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

Bones: Who doesn't love being emotionally manipulated by a tv show? And yet, the show gets it all right in terms of what we all want to see: heartbreak, love, friendship, family. Buffy: Great kicks, kitchsy in the best possible way, and SMG has great hair. Jane the Virgin: Love triangles, careers, life. Master of None: Telling it like it is, and Italy!

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

My favorite dates have been walking around the shuk or the Old City

Who’s your hero and where in Jerusalem would you take them out for a serious hang?

Maybe not my hero, but I would love to go restaurant-hopping and shopping with Chrissy Teigen.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I like Shel Aviva and Poenta downtown, as well as boutiques in cities I visit. And of course- Uniqlo. A bit basic, but I cannot resist a good heat tech shirt.

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

The truth is all of Jerusalem has its charms.

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

Visit the Old City.

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

The Shuk or First Station.

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

I would treat myself to a delicious meal, or go meal hopping around the shuk. My husband and I like to do coffee + dessert first, and then move on to the main course + drinks.

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

Walking when I have the time, particularly at night when the jasmine is in bloom.

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

The Old City, the Shuk, Nahlaot, Anna at Ticho House (a restaurant).

What are the Jerusalem spots tourists should run from screaming?

hmm... probably any restaurant in the Old City.

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

Gorging at all the restaurants in the shuk, and exploring the crafts fair downtown.

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

New York City or Florence. Both incredible cities with pieces of my heart. Amazing museums, culture, history, people.

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