Tel-Aviv, Israel
Galia, 49
Art & Culture Addict
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a bit about Galia

What are you working on these days?

Writing a new post on my blog, on a new culture app as part of Google’s entrepreneurial course, on my writing assignment in my writing course that’s stuck in my head – and on juggling all of the above.

What makes you happy?

A good book that you lose yourself in; new and exciting places; hugely talented people; music that gets in your heart and feeds your soul; a great exhibition that makes me think; and good food – but mostly, to be with my kids.

When was the last time you cried?

When I heard that David Bowie, my teenage hero, finally left us and went to live on another planet.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

David Bowie’s last album, Black Star, and his old songs that I love the most.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Trumbo, based on the true story of Dalton Trumbo (Brian Kingston from Breaking Bad), a successful Hollywood screenwriter from the 1950’s, who was placed on Senator McCarthy’s blacklist and deemed a communist, sent to prison, and banned from writing scripts – but did it anyway. He went on to win two Oscars and also exposed the government’s and Hollywood’s hypocrisy.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Two of my favorite stores: Gallabia, on Rothchild 1, near Neve Tzedek, that only sells Jellabiyas (the Arab dress), and lets you feel like you are on vacation on a Caribbean island, with a cocktail in hand – or just to feel like you’re on holiday. The second store is “Lara Rosnovsky Design”, a colorful and unique designer whose clothes always add a spring to your step.

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv – to meet a friend or use as your base for all your meetings?

Bucke cafe, on Ahad Ha’am 91, always feels like home.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in Tel Aviv?

I love open markets and their colorful and lively atmosphere, that’s why I’ll always chose Levinsky market, the Jaffa Flea market or the Carmel market.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Tel Aviv but never actually do?

To ride around Tel Aviv by bike, mainly through the markets, and to get to places I’ve never been to before.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

The Japanese author Haruki Murakami, who takes us on surreal adventures. I would take him to the Thai Restaurant on Har Sinai, or to eat pickles fish and talk about creativity.

What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?

A white beach, blue water, a green tree, a good glass of white wine, headphones. In that order.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

To Tel Aviv Museum. You can always find a great exhibition that will forge new ways of thinking and feeling.

What’s that place in Tel Aviv that you feel like only you know about? Where’s your secret spot and what make it special for you?

There’s no such thing a secret place in Tel Aviv. And if you think you’ve found such a place, you’ll meet everyone there within two day tops.

If tomorrow was your last day in Tel Aviv before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

In Levinsky Market, I’d have breakfast at Cook Book, Lunch at the Bun, and then dinner at the Shaffa bar in the Jaffa Flea market.