Tel-Aviv, Israel
Rana, 45
Translator, Author & Actor
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a bit about Rana

What are you working on these days?

I’m translating a book for my publishing house.

What drives you mad these days?

These days I try not to get too mad at all.

What makes you happy?

Practicing yoga, teaching Spinoza every Tuesday evening, and playing with my nephews.

When was the last time you cried?

A couple of days ago.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

80s music when I need uplifting.

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

The Meyerowitz stories. I like Noah Baumbach films. The acting was great and so was the dialogue. It was good.

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

I usually just go to Zara. I hate spending time on shopping.

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

Mersand, on Ben Yehuda and Frishman.

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

I walk my dog around little bauhouse streets between Dizengoff and Hayarkon, and from Arlozorov to Bugrashov, like Jean Jaures, Hovevei Zion, Rupin, AD Gordon and the area.

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

Walking or running along the river, or going to a picnic in Park Hayarkon.

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

I'll go to the beach at sunset with Pema Chodron.

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

Just going to the beach with a beer and a book is good enough.

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

I’d go to the Tel Aviv Museum and then see a movie at the Cinematheque or at Lev Dizengoff at the Dizengoff center mall.

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?

I like the art library in the Tel Aviv Museum. It’s beautiful and has lots of good books and magazines and it’s almost always empty.

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

I’d probably shop a bit around Florentine for spices and local specialties then have lunch in Jaffa, an afternoon nap at the beach, dinner at one of my favorite restaurants and then out for a last drink at the Nilus.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I’m not into municipal governing… Too much bureaucracy and boring meetings.

What’s the place in Tel Aviv (or places) you’ll never be caught dead in?

No such thing.

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

I’ll probably celebrate on the phone, to be honest… I don’t really like celebrating in public. I have the most idiotic superstitions.

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

My friends always go to the bars around The Big Synagogue on Har Sinai street, so that became the first choice of going out. Lately however, I’ve been going to the Nilus bar a bit further down on Allenbi 33.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Just being in nature, surrounded by green. I often miss that.

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