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The mysterious door to nowhere in Herzliya


One of the oddest things I’ve seen around the neighborhood and certainly the most bizarre since back in Israel on holiday. When visiting a friend’s new flat this afternoon, I took a look at the view from her parking lot and couldn’t believe my eyes:

Door to nowhere.

Looks like someone dropped a door into the cement mix.
That, or the architect had a bizarre obsession with the Winchester Mystery House.

An Israeli Hannukah: A photo mosaic


We’re back from Israel! Here are some photos from our trip to keep you entertained.

Dreidels at Herzlia Seven Stars mallJelly donuts in town, ready to be eaten.Don't learn German from IsrairLahav and FelixMy father and FelixMe and my mother... eek!My father and FelixMy mother, Felix and my fatherLahav and my motherFelix and my father1st night of HannukahSomewhere over the rainbowCorridor at Ben Gurion airport, Tel AvivLahav and FelixOn the airport express to Berlin SchoenefeldBooks at the mallIt's a sunny day!Felix and Dina dancingFelix and Dina dancingFelix and Dina dancingA human menorahMy mother and FelixMichal, me, Felix.Michal and LahavHannukah at the TockersMaya and MichalMe, MayaMichal and LahavHannukah at the TockersLahavA human menorahMichal, Lahav, me.Lahav and my grandmother at White HallMy father and Lahav at White HallWhite Hall steakhouseMy mother at White HallFelix and I at White HallMy grandmother at White HallWe are not related.My parents doing the mamboMy parents doing the mamboIce AromaLahad and Felix, lighting candles.Lahad and Felix, lighting candles.Lahad and Felix, lighting candles.Lahad and Felix, lighting candles.Lahad and Felix, lighting candles.Lahad and Felix, lighting candles.Dessert at Running SushiThe gang at Running SushiThe gang at Running SushiLahad and Felix at Running SushiAnat and Eyal's sushi platter at Running SushiDina and I at Running SushiMe and Lahad at Running SushiFelix and Ivon at Running SushiDina at Running SushiFelix and Ivon (and Roy) at Running SushiFelix and I at Bar GiyoraDina at Bar GiyoraFelix and Dina outside PlazmaDina, me and Frank outside PlazmaFelix, Lilach and Frank in Tel AviviPod nano knockoffIn she goes......out she blows.Frank and Felix in Tel AvivA shekel an itemUzi does it.A rather... busty mannequin.Yeeee....haw!Oishi Oishi at Arena mall, Herzlia marinaAnat's shiny new nargila (sisha)Street art 'round the cornerDizengoff Center, Tel AvivSeafood pasta in the sunBoats at Herzlia MarinaFrench fry dispenser at Herzlia MarinaBoats at Herzlia MarinaMore HumusA no smoking sign in a biblical fontBus line 48 on the way back from Tel AvivEating a sandwhich at Bar Giyora in Tel AvivStreet art in HerzliaBus line 48 on the way back from Tel AvivEating a sandwhich at Bar Giyora in Tel AvivFelix in a military jacket, with FrankDeath of a chocolate cakeFelix in a military jacket, with FrankWorld Press Photo 2007, Tel AvivWorld Press Photo 2007, Tel AvivSeafood Pasta in the sun at Herzlia MarinaSeafood Pasta in the sun at Herzlia Marina

Notes from the road: Tel Aviv, Israel


I’ve already mentioned that I’m the worst blogger in the world, but now I really have an excuse – I’ve jumped across the pond to visit my family in Israel for the holidays (Hannukah, not Christmas, thankyouverymuch) and have been having a blast back home. Nothing ever changes around here, so familiar places and familiar faces always manage to make me feel like it hasn’t actually been almost two years since I moved away.

One of the things which I enjoy most about visiting back home, besides seeing my family and friends, and cozying up in front of the TV with an afghan blanket, is being able to speak my native language on a daily basis. I enjoy speaking the Hebrew language and when in Germany, not having many people to speak Hebrew with is one of the things I miss most on a daily basis. While I speak English at mother-tongue level (my mother is American and we speak it around the house), I find that in most cases, I can explain ideas and express myself better in Hebrew. I find my Hebrew to be much more intuitively spoken.

During my stay here, I’ve been been mainly catching up with friends, running errands (bank, haircut, dentist, etc), shopping, taking in the sun and drinking a lot of coffee. Felix and I have been spending our evenings either with friends or at home with the laptops on the dining room table – I’m not entirely sure what he’s doing there for hours on end, but I have been uploading trip photos at an industrial rate.

Some of my friends and colleagues back in Germany had been concerned for our safety during our trip. Rest assured, our trip has been very safe and besides the cross-eyed security guard at Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv (which had us somewhat worried), we have had nothing to worry about. Apropos, here’s what the inside of an Israeli bus looks like.

Tomorrow we’re going to be visiting the World Press Photo exhibition in Tel Aviv and spend the rest of the evening packing and relaxing with friends and family. Friday morning we will be flying to Berlin, and are expected to return to Hamburg late in the evening. This trip has been fun and exciting for me, but I am also excited to return to everyone in Hamburg.

Keep well, be safe, and happy landings,
Liron in Israel

Corridor at Ben Gurion airport, Tel Aviv


Be back soon.. I’m currently spending Hannukah with the ‘rents in Israel. Follow the photos here.

Photos from our weekend in Paris, City of Lights.


Photos sorted by date taken – oldest to newest, documenting four days in Paris, the city of lights.

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Things to buy in Israel if you live in Germany


I haven’t posted in a while, the reason is that I’m not quite in Hamburg, rather in Israel at the moment, visiting my lovely parents for the holidays and my mother has her birthday coming up as well. Israel at the moment is much hotter than I expected it to be. I expected it to be somewhere in the late 20’s, only to eventally find out that it’s more in the mid 30’s. It’s hot, sticky, humid, and the entire center of the city of Herzlia has turned into two kilometers of construction site. Another perk to the punch, it turns out that a good 50% of my friends here are out of the country, most being in the US, Austria, and even Germany. But don’t get me wrong, I love it here! I feel at home in Israel and very comfortable. It’s nice to meet up with old pals and coworkers, to have someone to talk to. In Germany, I do most of my talking to a computer screen.

So! So far I’ve manage to get quite a lot in – have met some friends (those of which have decided to stay in the country over the holidays), met family, have overslept and more than one occasion. I think one of the most exciting things about being in another country, though, and I’m not going to lie, is the shopping. Buying things you know you won’t be able to purchase where you’re currently living, or the country you’re visiting has them for vastly lower prices. So I stocked up on some Ahava Mineral Hand Cream (for about $12 less than your regular retailer sells it for), products by St. Ives, Orly nail polishes (which have been my favorite nail polish brand for years) and even my favorite toothpaste.

It’s funny how, when I first moved to Germany from Israel, I was overwhelmed by low prices, products, etc. And now, there are so many things I either grew up with (such as Orly polishes and Aquafresh toothpaste) or recently made their debut in Israel and I remember them from the time I lived in the US (such as St. Ives) and I haven’t yet found a German equilivent for. Not to mention Israeli brands like Ahava, which cost much more overseas, or brands like Crema, which are just not found outside of Israel (who manufacture what has become my staple curl cream).

Or as my boyfriend mentioned yesterday, “50% of the money we have spent in Israel since we’ve arrived, has been spent in the drugstore”. I can’t argue. I’ll write up a post next week of things we’ve done during our stay here, since not many people are honetly interested in my shopping habits, but in the meantime I’m just so caught up in the whirlwind which is Israel, that I wouldn’t know where to start.

Notes from the road: a week back in Israel


Our week spent in Israel was lovely. Nothing in Herzlia had changed much since I had last seen it, just some road construction and new stores in town. We didn’t really take the opportunity to kick back and enjoy the sun – a week is not a long time and everything had to be taken into account of “the schedule”.

We started off with what may actually be the worst restaurant service expereience ever, and certainly one of the funniest. I have never experienced such incompetance of the staff such as one of the Sushi places in Herzlia Pituach. I’d leave the name, but I’d get sued. The waiters were incompetant and confused, the kitchen had accute inability to follow orders and none of us got what we ordered in the first place. One of us actually recieved some sort of bizarre mishmash between two of the meals that were initially ordered. And and some of us were finishing up our food, the others hadn’t even recieved their entrees and at the end of it all, we recieved an apology from the manager and two free desserts. Too bad that when the bill came, we were charged for stuff we hadn’t ordered. This ordeal didn’t surprise me, I’ve been a customer there for years and their service has always been sub par. I keep going back, though, for the best sushi I have ever had in Israel.

The rest of our time constituted of meeting friends, hopping from place to place in Tel Aviv, having a large family lunch in honor of my parents’ 25th anniversary, a meaningful visit to the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial museum and eventually, a flight back. Much too short of a visit, hopefully we can make it back towards the holidays in September.

For those interested in the photos, here’s my flickr set from the entire week.

The cat is out of the bag.


Where’s Liron? Where’s her Podcast? Who stole my underwear? Who moved my cheese?

Hold on to your hats – this is now official enough for me to be able to annouce in public, and explain exactly where I’ve been. In the past few months I’ve had a major change in my life, met an amazing man and in March I am going to hop over a few borders so I can move in with him. As you can imagine, I’ve been largely occupied by this in the past few months and haven’t really managed to dedicate any “brain space” to anything having something remotely connected to my website, my email, or my caffeine or cigarette consumption (honestly).

What does this mean towards my podcast? It’s on haitus at the moment. I might release a few more short clips before I move, but I wouldn’t suggest you hold your breath. As for when it will become active again, you will all know when I will, so feel free to keep being subscribed to the feed.

A few new exciting things are in the works, though, like a new domain and online portfolio (liron.de will remain active), a ton of new drawings that need to be and will be uploaded soon, and finally a reason to update the “travel diaries” category.

Mid-march is when I am leaving, and “setting up shop” in Hamburg, Germany. Feel free to send me good luck and bon voyage cards (yes, please!) to:
Liron Tocker
PO Box 94
Herzlia 46100
Israel

I’ll update you all on the developments, it’s going to be a wild ride, so stick around.

By the way: (Edit Dec 27th, 14:40pm)
Come holiday season, there is an increasing number of websites which are hot-linking to images located on my server (especially the tweenteen sites myspace and xanga). Now that the holidays are over, please note that I will not tolerate this hot-linking monkey business, and I will hunt you down and deface your site by changing around the images on my server. If you do not believe me, just check out this site. You’ve been warned, save images to your own server or feel the wrath of my internet presence.

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