Tel-Aviv, Israel
Lior, 27
Film Student
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a bit about Lior

What are you working on?

I just started writing a new web series with a friend. And when I say “new web series” I mean a story that we might possibly shoot one day if we find someone who can do all the production stuff.

What drives you mad these days?

People stabbing each other all over Israel. But don’t worry, you can totally come here!

What makes you happy?

My girlfriend’s smile, stand-up comedy, watching the sunset and catching someone accidentally farting in public.

When was the last time you cried?

I watched “Inside Out” with my girlfriend, and from the moment they left Bing Bong behind (sorry for the spoiler) ’till the end of the movie I wept like a fucking baby. Great movie.

What is playing in your earphones nowadays?

Dre’s “Compton”, Outkast’s “Stankonia”, Curtis Mayfield’s “Super Fly” soundtrack and Yemen Blues’ “Insaniya”.

What was the last movie you went to?

“Mr. Holmes”, which was brilliant. It’s with Ian Mckellen and he’s totally awesome. I’d probably go to watch a movie that’s just him chopping vegetables for 90 minutes.

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

I try to avoid going shopping as much as I can. I just never have the patience to try on more than one item. I buy most of my stuff randomly when I see something nice when passing by a shop.

What’s a place in Tel Aviv you feel like only you know about?

The bench behind the University. The whole campus is on a hill, and the bench is right at the edge of the cliff above Ayalon highway. From there you can get a full view of Northen Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak, and if the visibility is good, you can see all the way to the mountains of Jerusalem.

It’s raining for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

Shoot some pool at Noga Café. It’s an over-the-top cliché with heavy metal playing in the background and biker gang style decorations, but it’s always a fun place to play some pool. Plus, you get a discount if you get their free membership card.

Where’s your favourite street or neighbourhood to wander in Tel Aviv?

I actually really like old Ramat Aviv, next to the university. It’s mostly old buildings and lots of parks and there isn’t much to “do” there but it’s really green and calm. There are loads of kids playing everywhere and old people sitting on benches and it really has that old community neighborhood charm. It’s like a small break from the noisy city.

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

Go to the park.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out to eat or drink in Tel Aviv?

Nikola Tesla, because even though he got screwed by asshole Thomas Edison, he didn’t stop inventing awesome shit he never profited from. I’d take him to The Norman bar so we could rock out some 19th century suits and it wouldn’t look too weird.

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

Waking up at 11, taking a cold beer to Geula Beach, chilling in the sun, smoking a spliff, playing some “matkot”, swimming a bit and going to hummus at Abu Hassan in Jaffa. Then going around the corner and having Malabi for dessert. Afterwards, head to HaMidron Park by the sea to read a book in the shade and have a post-hummus nap. Then I’ll walk down the beach ’till I reach the city center, walk up to the Minzar pub for some cold cider on their terrace and back to the beach or up on a roof for sunset.

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv?

Nechama Vachetzi, just in front of Habima Square. Sure, not the best coffee in town, but with comfortable couches and the magical fact that you can smoke inside (which, in the heat of summer, is a life saver), makes it ideal for long hours of sitting and studying/working/smoking weed and “writing a web series”.

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

I’d cross it by walking, from south to north, trying to pass through streets I’ve never seen before and eating in places I’ve never heard about. I’ve already been to all the places I’ve been to, so what’s the point of doing it again?

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I can barely govern my own room. A whole neighborhood? Are you kidding me?

What’s the place in Tel Aviv you’ll never be caught dead in?

Eating Jewish-made hummus. Sorry fellas, not our game.

You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I’d go to the Prince on Nachalat Binyamin with my girlfriend and my mates for cocktails and eggplant fries (that shit’s good).

What do you love doing the most that is not work, relationship or family related?

Watching TV.

When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place you usually consider going to?

Itamar‘s place. The cocktails are cheap.

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