t host me during my stay but would love to guide me through their city.
And indeed, I could still visit Yafa because a few hours after the attack the man responsible was captured.
Neither in the streets of Tel Aviv nor in the streets of Yafa (Tel Aviv), you could have told that the evening before a terrorist attack, that took 3 lives, had taken place. Apart from the sea of flowers, candles and Israeli flags, life went on as usual, eyes focused on the future instead of fearing new attacks, terrorist or otherwise.
A big difference with Belgium, where 6 years ago massive terrorist attacks took place in Brussels, taking 32 lives. The country came practically to a standstill for several weeks.
I would come across this positive pioneer mentality of never giving up, of looking forward not backward, during the whole of my journey through Israel.
my hosts in Jerusalem
A market in Jerusalem
When my different hosts told me the stories about their heritage, I listened with astonishment and sentiment. Many of them came from Europe, from Rumania, Poland, Latvia, Ukraine. After the second world war, their parents tried to emigrate to the English Mandate for Palestine, as the territory used to be called back then. They were not received with great joy. On the contrary, they were taken prisoner by the British and locked up in detention camps. After the independence of Israel at the 14th of May 1948 they could come back, only to be landed in another war. Others emigrated from Latin America to build a life from scratch. It is difficult to imagine such a life but because of the openness and hospitality of each and every one of my Servas host, I got a better idea.
my hosts in Ti'von
Visiting the Kibbutz and their impressive constructions that were built on barren land, like Geshur in the Golan heights, and staying in green Galilei close to the beautiful Kibbutz Alonim, or, again, visiting Kibbutz Parod on Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for victims of war and terrorism, learned me that travelling with Servas is nothing like an commonly organized tourist holiday. It is so much more.
Of course, there are many tourist hotspots that you should visit. The modern sparkling city of Tel Aviv with the