Jerusalem, Israel
Yael, 27
Student, Hebrew University
see her Jerusalem city guide

a bit about Yael

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a third-year student at the Hebrew University, studying Law and General History. I love learning new things to broaden my horizons and rethink my point of view. I choose to study Law because I think it's a good instrument for social involvement and working for changes in the society, and I choose history because I believe it's the most interesting thing there is :) . In my free time I love watching plays, going to concerts and culture events, reading books, watching movies and spending time with friends.

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

Ages ago, as a one-time job, I worked as a brochures' hand-out for warning people that gambling can be addictive. I stood in a small mall, and no one came by or stopped to take a brochure, it was boring as hell (and not that good money)

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 Jerusalem. My mothers' side has lived here for 8 generations. Before and after the army I lived for some time in Tel Aviv and Jaffa, but choose to come back to study in Jerusalem. I love Jerusalem, I think it's a very unique and diverse city, with a lot of complexity but also a lot of charm. It's full of so many varied people, lifestyles, and beliefs. It makes the city so interesting and colorful.

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

My current hood in Jerusalem is Rehavia, most of it's inhabitants are students and young families. The best thing about it is that it's one of the student life centers of the city, so you can always grab a beer with a friend and meet other friends on the way. It's also relatively quiet and pleasant so you can wake up to the sounds of the birds :)

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

I love listening to diverse kinds of music and exploring new songs and artists. I especially like listening to indie-folk-pop, new artists like Mumford & Sons, Of monsters and Men, Alt-J, Lord huron, The paper Kites etc., and to Jazz and Blues. I also like rock, 90's trash pop (don't we all secretly?), good oldies and some cool Spanish music (but I don't know much). There's no kind of music that I absolutely hate, but I'm not a big fan of most of Israeli oriental music (it's called "Mizrachit").

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

I'd say maybe the bars in Mahne Yehuda Market, because there are places that are loud and full of people, so if the date doesn't go the right way - you can always find other company.

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

I'd say Donald Trump, even if it's a bit obvious these days :)

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

It's a mix of big world-wide brands, second hand stores and some unique Israeli shops, like Yanga that every single piece of clothes there is beautiful. (You can find it at Mamila boulevard or at the Malha mall)

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

The Bars Alley and the "Hatulut" (Cats) Square in the City Center. It's a sleazy and cheap place, all of the bars there are crowded with 15 years old kids and Hookas, and the whole vibe is kinda gross. We set there all the time when we were under-aged. Lots of tourists (especially big group) hang there a lot because it's not expensive, but it's not a fun place to hang, unless all you wanna do is get wasted without spending a lot of money (but you get diluted alcohol). Not recommended at all.

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

Every time I walk around the Old City, I think to myself that It's definitely something I should do more. I just LOVE wandering and getting lost in the narrow alleys, between all the small shops and holy places, surrounded by a mix smells and sounds. There you can see so many different people - western tourists near Christian pilgrims from all around the world, beside religious Muslims and Israeli Jews. The atmosphere of the Old City managed to stay pretty authentic, and it's a beautiful place to wander around.

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

For a casual night out, I usually go to one of the bars on Azza Street in Rehavia, or to one of the bars in Mahne Yehuda market. It's Cozy, has nice atmosphere, isn't expensive, and it's close to home.

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

I would celebrate in some great and a bit expensive restaurant, that I don't go there every day so it will be special - Machneyuda, Yudale bar, Chakra or Satya.

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

The transportation in Jerusalem is not amazing because It's based on buses and they're not always om time.. We also have the light rail, which is very comfortable and easy to use, but it only has one line, so in many cases you will have to take a bus as well.

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

Paris - for the inspiring atmosphere, the picnic by the seine with wine and cheese, the amazing buildings and beautiful gardens you can sit by, the jazz clubs at night and the romantic vibe you feel everywhere. The other favorite vacation spot is the islands of Greece, which is the perfect place to chill and hang by the beautiful ocean, eat great food in the Greek Tavernas and the music, the people and the general vibe makes the whole trip into a wonderful and relaxing vacation.

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