Last week I moved into my new home for the summer in Tel Aviv. Just two blocks from the beach, our apartment is in, arguably, one of the best locations. I try to go to the beach for at least an hour every day. Whether I’m meeting new friends, relaxing with a book, or just watching the sunset, I plan on soaking up as much of the sea as I can.

I also try and walk along the coast on my way home from work. The views are incredible and I almost always run into one of my friends who had the same idea. There’s always plenty of people out walking, running, scootering, biking, and more.

I have been trying to explore as much as I can. I firmly believe that the best way to get to know a new city is through food. Especially if you’re walking to find your next treat. One of my favorite things is a fresh smoothie. I think they are so refreshing, especially on a hot day.

Juicery by Annelise Lemaire
(Photo: Annelise Lemaire)

On my way home from work the other day, I decided to get off at a new bus stop and explore Dizengoff Center. While walking, I passed a small shop called Juicery. The man working offered me a piece of watermelon soaked in coconut milk (DELICIOUS), and I asked what kind of smoothies they have. He said they can make whatever I wanted and began listing off just a few of their endless options. I simply asked for something sweet and it did not disappoint. For only 31 shekels, I got a ginormous bottle filled with a smoothie made of tropical fruits and even some mint. The best part was I watched them make it all fresh in front of me. I definitely plan on returning.

Next on my list is to head to Carmel Market for some falafel and sabich. I can’t wait to see what new gems I will find. Follow along as I document the rest of my summer, including some of my favorite meals!

Annelise Lemaire, University of Michigan ’24, is a chemical engineering major from Needham interning at Hyfit wearable fitness trackers through the Boston Onward Israel program. 125 students from schools across Massachusetts have professional internships in their fields of interest in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa this summer. Visit for more info.

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