Jerusalem, Israel
Maya, 27
Visual Communications Student
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a Visual communication student in Bezalel Academy. I do it because this is what i'm most passionate about. I love the challenge of rearranging and creating something new from existing elements. Weird thing to love, but I can't help it(:

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

I've never had bad job's experience as I've always made sure I like both the work I'm doing and the company I'm surrounded by.

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

Born and raised in Jerusalem (!!!)

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

Today I live in Musrara, a beautiful and magical old neighborhood. lots of oriental buildings, and it's close to the Old City and to the city center.

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

I like listening to a wide range of music, everything that I find interesting, without a specific genre.

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

I'm really trying not to be heartbroken(: But if I'm in a melancholy day, I'll probably hear some old Radiohead song or something.

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

Though being a banal choice, I would say "Friends". No matter how many times I watch it, I still enjoy it as much.

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

I'm not sure what kind of vibes you are looking for when you are going to a Tinder date, but I can recommend going to one of the bars in town.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Bibi Netanyahu. no doubt.

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

It could be a memorable night to hang out with Ilana and Abbi from Broad City. no matter where.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

My first choice will be a local boutique named "REUMA KEDEM". also different 2nd hand and consignment stores all around the city. and ZARA, of course.

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

No such a place exists as all places intrigue me in one way or another.

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

The 1st thing I would love to go to is the "JERUSALEM PRINT WORKSHOP" which is an art gallery and print studio as well. I live near by it but somehow i never find the right time to visit there.

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

Usually it will be to go and have a beer somewhere. there is a place that I liked named "HAMAZKEKA" a cool place were you can also listen to a live music performance.

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

A fancy french restaurant named "MONA".

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

I would say that walking is the preferred option (If it's not too hot or too cold). The city center is relatively small so everything is within walking distance more or less. Electric-bicycles are also a good option (With regular bikes it's a little hard because there are a lot of hills) . the tram is fast. Last option-buses.

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

First, The Old City, you can't miss this magic and this piece of history. second, I think "MEA SHEARIM" neigborhood; A really interesting place to see the Jewish orthodox society; something that you can't see anywhere else in the world.

What are the Jerusalem spots tourists should run from screaming?

Mahane-Yehuda Market, on a hot Friday noon.

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

I would go to all the place I wrote down here, for the last time.

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

Last year I was in Paris, and I had a great experience Above all expectations. The culture, the food, and the beautiful streets.

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