Tel-Aviv, Israel
Shai, 26
Community Manager & Literature Student
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a bit about Shai

What are you working on?

I’m working on trying to make the best out of everything I do while studying for my B.A., working as a Community Manager for a co-working space, and feeling the city and its people with lots of love and excitement.

What drives you mad these days?

The fact that I want to be all around the world at the same time but I can physically only be in one place at a time. It’s extremely annoying.

What makes you happy?

I find true happiness in getting my hands dirty with new projects and initiatives.

When was the last time you cried?

An hour ago. Why? Because I’m a lady and I do lady-like things.

What is playing in your earphones nowadays?

James Blake’s “The Wilhelm Scream”.

What was the last movie you went to?

“Amy”. It was heartbreaking.

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

My wardrobe is a combination of styles; therefore, I like buying interesting pieces at small fashion boutiques such as “Alef Alef” (a small boutique owned by two very sophisticated ladies) and “Belle and Sue” (a boutique filled with different things from different places and a lot of style). I also enjoy second-hand shops, like “Galerie Parisienne”, which offer a wide variety of timeless fashion items. And I can’t help getting the occasional basic item (or two) from H&M.

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv?

The one on Ben Zion boulevard that kind of doesn’t have a name, right next to Habima, where you can pick up a cup of coffee and a pastry and head to the closest bench.

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

My favorite street is “Ahad Ha’am”. I always plan my routes through it when i’m walking around town. It’s quiet, filled with great architecture and history, and it takes me everywhere I want to go in the most peaceful of ways.

What do you LOVE to do in the city but never actually do?

I love hanging out at Tel Aviv’s amazing boutique hotels like the “Brown Hotel”, which is a cool place to watch the sunset or have drinks, the “Norman Hotel”, which offers one of the best sushi restaurants in town with a modern yet old fashioned vibe, and “Hotel Montefiore”, which offers great breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in an imperialistic setting. Unfortunately, I barely ever have the time.

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

Amy Whinehouse. And not because she’s dead. She’s my hero in an antihero sort of fashion. Her love for music, for jazz and for creating art was extraordinary, and her suffering makes her a real-life superhero. I would take her out to sit with my friends at a chill location, with great vibes and good food. And just maybe I could convince her to stay here for good.

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

In one word – shade. It can be at the beach, while walking around outside, sitting at a café or having noon drinks. Just give me some shade and I’m up for anything.

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

To my favorite cocktail bar, to warm up with a drink and wash my eyes with the sight of strangers.

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

It’s a small park under the Neve Tzedek tower, located at the edge of the neighborhood. The air is so clean over there, with constant breeze flowing over you, and it is overlooking the sunset.

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

Walking around and stopping each time I stumble across a place a love or see someone I love. But I would just be outside all day.

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

I would be the mayor of Neve Tzedek. For one, because I live there so it’s my neighborhood and secondly, (needless to say, but still) it’s the most beautiful place to be.

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

I wouldn’t be caught dead at any pick-up bars or fast-food restaurants. Any of them. Tel Aviv doesn’t really specialize in either.

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

“Rothschild 12”. It’s a great spot to start a long night out. They’ve got great drinks and comfort food, and it’s close to everywhere and everyone. Usually more people join throughout the evening. It’s sort of my friends’ hub.

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

Travel. Travel abroad or travel in my city. I love seeing new things and meeting new people.

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

I’d go to “Imperial” craft cocktail bar with a few of my good friends. The 20s vibe mixed with fantastic alcohol and a great warm and intimate atmosphere make for the perfect environment to share exciting news.

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