At NYU Tel Aviv, students experience life in one of the world’s most intriguing and multidimensional cities. A vibrant coastal metropolis on the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is the cultural, financial, and technological center of Israel. Students explore this truly global city and acquire a sophisticated understanding of Israel, the Middle East, and the interrelationships between cultures, political movements, and religious traditions. Students benefit from high caliber local professors, who teach students in areas such as biology, chemistry, politics, Hebrew, and Arabic. Students connect with local culture through experiential learning, partnerships with a local university, and excursions to surrounding areas in Israel.
— Extract from my welcome brochure, given out to all NYU Tel Aviv students.
Quiet first morning here. I fell asleep around 1am and woke up around 6am. I would’ve liked to sleep more but assuming I can make it to 9 or 10pm, I should be alright.
I went to breakfast at Café Zurik, two blocks from the dorm, which had an eggselent breakfast and two of those Israeli café con leches. I sat there for about 2 hours watching Tel Aviv wake up and reading THE PACIFIC, by Simon Winchester. What a great Sunday morning.
From there, I caught the bus ($1.25 each way) to the city center and, in Dizengoff Mall and bought an Israeli sim card ($10.30/month) and some toiletries.
After that, I headed east to Frishman Beach and walked up the promenade. Israel has about 250KM of coast, along the Mediterranean, and Tel Aviv is a city glued to the water. I walked the 40 minutes back to Bnei Dan, my dorm, along that promenade.
In the afternoon, I mostly mooched about — one of my best friends from Arabic arrived this afternoon, and we spent some time catching up and getting some groceries. NYU Tel Aviv doesn’t provide students with a meal plan, which is why the kitchen is so good. I imagine I’ll subsist on hummus and falafel when at home but want to try my hand at something more complicated once in a while.
At 5pm, we have a short orientation, which is when all the students will meet one another, and then a communal dinner on the patio.
That’s all for today, I think. This week is mostly going to be orientation, which is nice. I’ve to finalize my classes and plan some travel, but those are nice jobs to have.