Postcards from a First Night

I'm going to be staying in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for the month of April to shoot for Israel Story, a public radio show and podcast based here ... I type this all very casually as if everything about it isn't something I've been dreaming of for years.

In the 22 hours before I landed I'd had 2 hours of sleep, spent face down in my own lap on the plane. I've, uh, never been a great plane sleeper. But after I was graciously picked up and deposited into the Tel Aviv flat I'll be staying at for the next 10 days, there was no way I was just going to bed. Bed! Pfft! Can you imagine?

I quickly attempted to memorize a Google Map, grabbed my camera and smallest lens, and headed for the sea.

These images were taken in and around the Port of Tel Aviv. Although the photos don't show it (I wasn't quite ready to start taking shots of strangers, even discreetly), it was more bustling there than I thought it would be here on a Friday evening. Walking back home, laughter and music poured out of all of the warmly lit windows and porches.

I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to be here. I have next to no idea what the coming days have in store; more updates soon!