I slept soundly until about 5am, with a brief break at about 2am. Traffic had started up by then, so I couldn’t really sleep and we gave up and got up at 6, only to be greeted by this view outside the window:
My phrase of the day is “Anakhnu nelekh le-Yoffa ha-yom”, or “We’re going to Joffa today” (I hope). I watched some children’s telly before breakfast, and apparently the number of the day (according to the Israeli version of Sesame Street) is “shesh” (6). Since I can only remember “echad” (1) and “shesh” (6), I think I need to revise my numbers.
We headed down at breakfast at a leisurely 8. There was a lot to choose from. For starters, orange-juice was self-squeezing, which was cool. Tea seems to be taken with lemon and mint here, so I complied and added both to my tea.
There was halva – yay! – apple strudel, and some sort of savoury pastry which I ate. I wanted some of the scrambled egg, but couldn’t be sure it didn’t have milk in it. I was going to ask one of the staff who had been nearby, but he wasn’t, so I turned to the couple just nearby and asked, “Chelev?”, pointing at the dish in question.
“Excuse me?” the man asked – with an American accent!
I explained that I wondered if the egg had milk in it, but they just shrugged. I asked a couple of kitchen girls nearby, but they didn’t have much English and didn’t understand that I wanted to know for sure that the egg didn’t have milk in it (they seemed to think I wanted the milk in). Eventually they got the staff guy back, who was usually manning the frying-things booth, and he made me a cheese-and-milk-free omelette.
It was very windy outside when we set off at 10.
Yuval explained that a cloud of dust is blowing in from the Aegean at tremendous speeds, and the effects will be in place until probably Thursday.
The beach looked most unappealing, but apparently the windsurfers love it.
We saw yet more bike-hire racks.
And a plastics recycling depot near the park.
Yuval’s word of the day is “balagan”, which he says means “mess”. By the way he says it, I suspect it might have a slightly stronger meaning.