Jerusalem, Israel
Rony, 28
Computer Science & Visual Communications Student
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a student at the Joint Program for a Dual-Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and Visual Communications of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Bezalel Academy of Arts. I've actually finished my cs batchelors' and these days am working on my cs master's in Parametric Design research at the Hebrew University, alongside continuing my studies in Arts. Why? well...It's awesome!

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

"It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler and "Careless Whisper" by Wham! Obviously.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I love the fact that most of the times I'm required to do a 'life advice' pep talk to a friend it will start with "there's a Sex and the City episode about that..."

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

Anywhere in the 'closed market' - on one side you get alcohol. On the other there is no chance that you would see anyone that you actually know since it's usually full with military on weekend leave or 'taglit-birthright' groups, and locals won't usually willingly go there

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Mostly- my grandma's attic. Or my sister's closet that also comes from my grandma's attic. And then you add the basics from the generic brands that do them well and cheap (god bless sales)

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

Mike's Place and it's surroundings.

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

A proper architecture tour

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Jerusalem and where did you get it?

Some kind of fish mousse in a special French Food week at the Mona, they had over a Parisian chef. See the answer for "Where would you take your partner in Jerusalem if you wanted to really pamper them?"

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Jerusalem that you particularly like?

a bit outside the market you'll find the wonderful and simple - 'HaTipa' (the drop, as in water drop) - cheap, good vibes and close to home for a casual beer

What restaurant in Jerusalem looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Cielo. looks very shabby in a shabby area and the place is mostly empty... and then the Italian meat and sea food are wonderful!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Jerusalem? Which one do you like?

This is going to sound weird: on the roof of the Mamila hotel (yes, one of the most expensive ones here) there is "the rooftop" bar (creative name). anyway! really really really good cocktails, and not more expensive than anywhere else in jerusalem (around 50 nis a pop). and the best view to the old city walls :)

Where would you take your partner in Jerusalem if you wanted to really pamper them?

Mona. mona. mona. and mona. even when I want self pampering. The best high end food in the city. a bit pricy but the never ever fail. I've been going there every time to check the keep their standard ;)

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Bamba and Bissli. Just the fact that when you open a pack you can't put it down until it's done. no matter the size. good old sugar salt and mag that do the trick.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Jerusalem?

Oh dear lord - "HaHummus Shel Techina". They have the worst hummus around, they do just hummus, and the have a 20-40 min line every night.

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

Paris. Pastries.

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