Day 11 in my hometown.
Though really - today was Day 1.
I was quarantined for ten days and today was the first day that I was free to roam the streets and see Tel-Aviv in all its glory. I will not call it glorious per se - the effects of Covid are present with every mask I pass by and the businesses that have closed because of this dreadful year, but there is a sense of normalcy in this part of the world.
Most people in the country are vaccinated, and the number for new Covid patients have reduced drastically, so there is a sense of relief in the air.
I walked more today in the city than I have EVER walked in LA (but then again - this doesn't say much. In LA my sidewalk is the highway, and wheels are my feet) and I have recently associated walking so much with nature, so walking the city streets that was buzzing with LIFE (Yes, really! Remember CITY LIFE!?) was like a new experience. A much needed experience.
But also one I don't need much of... This past year showed me how much I adore nature and I didn't miss busy city life all that much. But for a visit? For a visit it is grand. And knowing that I will be back to my California 'nature' lifestyle soon - is even grander.
But I will come back rejuvenated after spending time with my family after this year has kept us apart for so long. I will come back rejuvenated seeing a city picking itself back up again and knowing it can happen in my city as well. I will come back rejuvenated because I crossed the barriers of fears and TRAVELED this year.
I traveled despite, the fear, despite the risks, despite the complexities.
My family was worth it, and let's face it: Tel-Aviv is just a town.
My hometown? My hometown is THEM: the people who I love and fill my heart.
My family of misfits, of weirdos, of wonderfuls.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman