Jerusalem, Israel
Romi, 40
Soap Bubbles, Business Owner
see his Jerusalem city guide

a bit about Romi

What do you do and why do you do it?

I do soap bubbles for a living, because it makes everyone smile.

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

hmmm…. hard question.

Were you born and raised in Jerusalem?

I was born in Jerusalem, but grew up close to the beach near Natanya. Returned to Jerusalem for high school. Studied physics in Tel Aviv and returned again to Jerusalem (for Applied Physics MSc. and for good) after meeting my wife to be, in a birthday party in T’mol Shilshom Cafe… here’s apparently the first spot on my CC map.

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

Baka. It’s great because it’s walking distance from the theatre, cinemas, good food places, Talpiot industrial zone and the old city, very green area with many authentic old arabic houses. It’s 15 minutes drive deep into Jerusalem when coming from Tel Aviv – this is a minus when going west. but driving from Baka away to the desert, dead sea, Shomron or Beer Sheaba through the territories is swift. I like heading in these directions, less urban, more air.

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

My wife is a GAGA teacher so I listen to what she dances to… I like exploring new music with apple music “create a station”. Some of my recent favorite discoveries – Ras G – Baby Ray’s Laugh, 2Tall – Peaceful Warrior, 1000names – Migration Pads. I also love Eran Tzur and Nati Hassid. I love Balkan beatbox and Balkan BaMahsan. I’ll probably never listen by choice to Eyal Golan.

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

Ornette – Crazy (Noze Remix). Summertime Sadness – Lana del Ray. Kesher Hayareach – Corinne Allal.

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

I don’t have a TV. Best TV show – Bertha the machine, stop motion animation. and Star Trek.

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

Good food places – T’mol Shilshom Cafe. Zuni. Talbiya wine bar. /// Urban nature secrets – Bible hill. Moon grove.Hordus water reservoir.

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

Roasted is harsh. more like disappear. Bibi.

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

Jeff McBride. Tom Noddy. I’d have good wine with them at Talbiya wine bar.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Coton Doux. Paris…

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

In Jerusalem you can never know… LOL! very weird question. Perhaps in the middle of Teddy football stadium – as I usually don’t watch football. But I’d go there with pleasure to Bubble on that big field of grass 🙂

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

go to dip in Ein Lavan spring.

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

Talbiya wine bar or Mahne Yehuda Market (Crave/Dwinnie)

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

Mona restaurant or Mahne Yuda restaurant

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

I use moovit and do what it tells me. Bus is fine. Though I also ride a lot on bicycles – good workout.

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

Old city, Mahne Yuda Market, Yad va Shem holocaust museum, Sweet Ein Kerem Chocolate house.

What are the Jerusalem spots tourists should run from screaming?

Don’t run screaming in Jerusalem. Trust me.

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

Mahne Yehuda Market. espresso in cafelix. Pita and Banana at Dwinnie’s.

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

Zurich – got the best memories from a couple of magical visits. and Jerusalem – I vacate at my home city between bubbles.

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