After returning from China rather hurriedly in March and returning to Israel, we have now relocated to a different part of the country-the Sharon. As the restless person you all know me to be, if I can’t currently globe-trot at least I can explore a different part of this country. Israel is very small but nevertheless, a very varied place, both culturally, geographically and in practically every way possible. We lived in the city of Jerusalem, and all that entails, for better or worse, for over 30 years. The birds have flown the nest, and we are now retired, so free to live anywhere we choose. Of course living by the seaside was something we both considered, particularly after living in Xiamen. But seaside residences in Herzliya or Tel Aviv are horrendously expensive. So we decided to try and find a community city within easy driving distance of Tel Aviv, and we found Kfar Saba to be a rather appealing small, clean town.It has lots of green spaces, lots of cultural activities, and generally seemed to be what we were looking for.It also has the added attraction of being only 15-20 minutes drive from several beaches, and it’s affordable.
After not a particularly long search we located a new 4 room apartment right in the centre of town, only a short walk from the Weizman, the main drag, and moved in here in August.
So far we have explored the area a little, but are still getting settled in.We have found the Argaman beach of South Netanya to be wonderfully convenient and not crowded. It is a quick 30 minute train ride to Tel Aviv and all its cultural offerings, and only an hour drive to Jerusalem.
There seem to be lots of bits of the Sharon to investigate. Some we have seen before, such as the amazing Roman city of Caesarea, and the Ramat Hanadiv park near to Zichron Ya’akov, which is well worth a visit. But there are lots more places we hope to explore over the next few months.
To the north it is about an hour’s drive to Haifa, along the Mediterranean coast, and the surrounding area of the Galilee is filled with wonderful places. On a past trip to the north,we visited the artists’ Village of Ein Hod, which has many amazing galleries, workshops and sculptures dotted around.
This is not to say that I am not planning another trip. Of course another trip abroad is always on the agenda. We toyed with going to teach in Panama, but it’s not the right time for us to be so far away from our family right now.Then we considered going to teach in Spain.But frankly the working conditions in China are really hard to beat, and European salaries come with no accommodation and no travel money or flight reimbursement.So we are considering a more “holiday-style” trip abroad, maybe to Canada first. That will not be before next May.And then we will see what happens …