Out of the 365 days of a year, I am home for about 35 days on average each year for last 3 years. Every time I come home, so many things remain the same, and yet, so many things have changed.
Here I am, enjoying the comfort of my couch at home in Zhuhai, China, a coastal city right next to Macao. I travelled for about 20 hours from my cozy little apartment on Ibn Gabirol St in Tel Aviv to my home in China. With a welcoming attitude since the beginning, Israel has given me nothing but a unforgettable summer. As I reflect on my journey in emerging into the local culture and exploring the startup scene, here are some of the things I have learned:
Having been in Tel Aviv, Israel, for a month, I have learned my lessons in saving money by cooking at home. As I was craving a little homemade chinese food, I decided to make some chicken soup with Vietnamese noodles.
June16-18: The weekend spent at Jerusalem was tiring but never boring. Our schedule was filled with intermittent company visits and historical cite visits. Here are some of the pictures I took during our first weekend excursion of the program in Jerusalem.
June 15: We left early in the morning for Jerusalem. After about 1 hour and a half, we arrived at the First Railway Station at Jerusalem. From there, we started a tiring and yet cultivating weekend with meetings with different speakers and historical cite visitations.
June 14: We had the honor to visit Microsoft R&D Headquarter in Herzliya, Israel yesterday and listen to Ed Mlavsky, basically the father of Israel’s venture capital industry, and Yoram Yaccovi, the General Manager of Microsoft Israel R&D Center.
June13. It was a pretty ordinary day at IDC learning about different Israeli companies and venture capital.
June 11 was our first day of class in Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).
Before class started, we were required to read the book StarUp Nation by Dan Señor and Saul Singer. In the book, it mentions that Israelis have a unique spirit of chutzpah. As Señor and Singer interpret it, it means “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible “guts,” presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to (p.30).”
July 10 was the day I forgot I have a body part called the neck. I forgot my neck exists while I was spraying sun screen before I embarked upon about 5 hours of walking outdoor. I thought my Florida base tan was able to protect me. But no. I have never burned so bad in my life.
July 9th. Our only group activity was a luncheon at 2pm in Sarona market. The lunch went well with some amazing pasta and we didn’t get lost. We were smart enough to follow a big group. (I also paid for some data on my phone to make sure I do not stray in the city again.)