Advantages of moving to Israel - impressions after the first month of life

I thought to start with the minuses, but first let the pros be, so that the minuses seemed less serious or something :) No, no, I do not scare, just tried in a crowdwrite down everything that caught my eye in the first month, both good and bad. After all, I am in Israel for the first time and the impressions are the most acute now. Well, you know, when you come to the country for the tenth time, then much is so familiar that you simply don’t pay attention. Immediately, Thailand comes to my mind, I would not be able to write a post about first impressions anymore, when I just felt puppy enthusiasm for some things.

Okay, back to Israel. Post about cons will be a bit later. And yes, I do not exclude at all that some advantages / disadvantages will fade into the background after a while, and, conversely, something will appear quite unexpectedly and come out on top. And it may well be that you will need to write a couple of new posts, such as “pros / cons after a year of residence.”

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Attitude to children

Indeed, the country is kids friendly. We understood this as soon as we arrived, right away. I remember we went to the bank to open an account, and Egor, as usual, loudly screamed in his own manner, and we hissed on him, say, shut up. To which the bank clerk us, he said, he was a child, he should scream. Actually, from this point on, we stopped steaming altogether, that Yegor makes many different sounds and behaves very restlessly. Here it is a norm for children and no one reacts to such things, and moreover does not give advice on how to educate, and does not say which child is ill-mannered.

I don’t know, maybe we’re lucky so far, but in reality we don’t feel any alienation at all, even a hint of it. Finally you can relax.

A staff member at the bank scolded us that we shut up Egor

A staff member at the bank scolded us that we shut up Egor

Attitudes towards the disabled

It's hard for me to say about the attitude itself, butwhat caught my eye in the very first days was that there were wheelchair users on the streets. I see them every day. Someone on a regular wheelchair, someone on a motorized one, is simply retired on such electric scooters. This makes me happy! So, in a wheelchair, you can move around and live in general. Let not perfect, but possible.

I constantly see wheelchairs on the streets

I constantly see wheelchairs on the streets

Buying a car

Very many cars here pokotsat externally,especially the bumper. For some it will be a real minus, but for me it’s more likely a plus. Not exactly sure yet, but it looks like the owners are not shaking for every scratch. And then I remember, as we have in Moscow, a little little dash, so run into the service to paint, because everything must be glistening and sparkling. And this very dash then greatly influences the price of the car when it is sold, although it is obvious that the functionality does not depend on it, and the car is actually just a piece of hardware. I would also like to note that they do not twist the mileage here, as it is recorded in the annual inspection ticket.

Not everything is expensive, something is cheaper

For a SIM card with a package of 6 GB and 3000minutes / sms I pay only 35 shekels (550 rubles). In Russia, I had a package for the same amount, but with 5 gigs and 400 minutes per month. This is the question of what is not so expensive here, as they say. With a certain approach, probably, you can not increase costs too much.

Some products we constantlyordered from online stores in Moscow or abroad (on iHerb), sold here in ordinary supermarkets, and the prices are the same or even cheaper. For example, coconut oil (this is the best thing to eat) or quinoa groats, which are gluten-free and generally delicious stuff (we sat on it after a trip to France).

Coconut water and coconut oil, prices same

Coconut water and coconut oil, prices same

Tasty food

My favorite vegetable is tomato. In Moscow, in supermarkets (the Alphabet of Taste is not considered) it is impossible to buy tomatoes in the winter, and sometimes even in the summer, with taste. You should always go to the market. Before leaving, I bought tomatoes in Moscow at 450 rubles / kg in a vegetable shop not far from home. Everything else was biomass with paper taste. So in Haifa in any supermarket, tomatoes have a taste and cost about 6 shekels / kg (100 rubles / kg). Yes, they are not super straight, like a grandmother in a village, but no worse than those that were for 450 rubles in Moscow. There are also magic cherry tomatoes 10 shekels / pack (160 rubles) and a very tasty chicken (according to Darya), as if it were a farmer in Russia.

And I started eating cheese again. You know, I’m not that a cheesy fan, but before 2015 and sanctions, I sometimes liked to buy various cheeses for myself. And now a couple of years I have not done this. I don’t argue, somewhere in farmers' markets or special places, there may be normal cheeses, but they disappeared in usual regional supermarkets near my house, and in the same Auchan. Immediately in Haifa, I again can buy cheese in a regular supermarket 100 meters from the house, without searching. Absolutely the same situation with apples, I eat only a certain type of apples and they are here.

Accommodation with a view

In a post about the cons of Israel, I will definitely goabout apartments, it's something with something, of course. But! When you rent an apartment in Haifa from the middle or upper price segment, then you get a pretty good option. For example, apartments that we like and that meet our requirements (pleasant area, new house, good windows, elevator) receive a bonus, for example, a view of the sea. How much does it cost? In Moscow, for all I wish, I cannot get it, no matter how much I pay. Or the area, we are looking for an apartment of 4-5 rooms (this is 100-140 square meters), how much will an apartment of such an area in Moscow cost? I'm afraid as much, if not more. In Haifa, it is 5,000-7,000 shekels (75-110 thousand rubles), along with taxes. Expensive? Not sure. The high cost is again a relative thing. It depends on what level of housing you are interested in.

Another separate item I will write. I do not know how for the rest, but for me this is a huge plus. In Israel, very often the kitchen is often combined with the living room! When I was looking for an apartment in Moscow, I saw very few such apartments for rent. And I just do not digest individual small kitchens, it's so uncomfortable.

Many houses have a sea view.

Many houses have a sea view.

The area with nice houses and apartments also looks good

The area with nice houses and apartments also looks good

Warm climate

Climate. He is peculiar, yes. On the fan, yes. But for some reason, I was struck by the phrase that Israel has 9 months of heat and that it’s very difficult to live there. Perhaps the author of this phrase has lived all his life in the Arctic Circle, and I have been enjoying the last years running from the winter here. Considering that now in April I am still still cool, because there is only 18-20 degrees outside. Thus, 9 months of heat can not be.

Judging from the temperature charts, it’s hot in Haifaonly from June to October (5 months), and quite hot only in August, when the thermometer often keeps above 30 degrees. The fact is that I have lived in Thailand for a total of 2 years and I know what the temperature is 30-32 degrees and high humidity. And I personally tolerate such a climate. Only in Israel will I have full six months from November to April, when I will be able to fully relax from this heat and miss it again. Of course, the winter months are not ice here, because there is no central heating, but! We return to the paragraph about housing, if you have normal windows, a good house, you do not save on heating with air conditioners, then the winter will be transferred perfectly, considering that the street will be 10-15 degrees plus and not minus.

There is a sea in Israel

Do not forget that in Israel there is a sea, this is also a plus!

Public toilets

It seems to me that in Russia, even in Moscow, the wholeproblem with public toilets. Here they are, you know where? In supermarkets and banks. Also in the banks there are still coolers with some water. So, when Egor and I approached a security guard at the store, asked about the toilet, he didn’t even immediately understand the question, apparently in his picture of the world it doesn’t happen that there was no toilet in the supermarket. And he is not crap, if that, but very decent. Also, toilets were met on the beach, in the courts, in clinics, on the street. All toilets are free.

Sidewalks, ramps and convenient metronite

In principle, after Russia, you will not notice anythingespecially, there are also sidewalks everywhere, but after Thailand (after all, my blog about Thailand), it’s very nice here. In Thailand, the whole problem down the street to get somewhere with an ordinary baby carriage, not to mention a wheelchair, and it’s better not to go there on foot without a carriage. Here in Haifa, everything is about the same as in Russia, plus or minus. There are various congresses for wheelchairs, almost any store can be accessed without problems, as there are no thresholds, and often in large stores there are elevators if the store is two-storied.

In each bus there is a place under the stroller, where herYou can put and fasten the belt. Further more. When entering the bus, you can ask him to go down and he almost drops to the ground (apparently, air suspension). And in order that a disabled person could drive in a wheelchair, a special bridge to the sidewalk is thrown out. Something similar was remembered in Poland when we lived there. And there is also such a convenient thing as metronite - a bus with a dedicated lane, it is generally very convenient to enter it with a sidecar. One of the reasons why we settled in our area in Haifa is the proximity of the metronite stop.

We are traveling in a bus in Haifa

We are traveling in a bus in Haifa

Entry / exit from metronita is very convenient, at the same level

Entry / exit from metronita is very convenient, at the same level

Russian language is everywhere

Almost everywhere you can meet someone whospeaks Russian or English. I mean, the instances are different or the same stores. At first, it is more than enough to know English at a primitive level, because if a person does not speak Russian, then most likely he will speak English. While it is difficult to say who meets more often, a small sample is too, but for some reason it is more often Russian-speaking who come across. Also in some call-centers (for example, Hot Internet provider, Maccabi sickness fund, Hapoalim Bank) also speak Russian.

Admission to the clinic - Russian-speaking doctor

Admission to the clinic - Russian-speaking doctor

In some instances, the main signs (operating time, location of floors, etc.) may be indicated in Russian. On the streets there are Russian signs and there are generally straight Russian shops.

Signs in Russian

Signs in Russian

Russian products

Russian products

People help

We were frightened that new repatriates were being watcheddown, do not want to help them and almost troll. Like, it was difficult for us, and you, too, must also sip a goofy. But our reality turned out to be completely different, almost every day we meet with amazing participation. People, really, try to help, someone with a word, someone with a deed. And more often by deed. Complete strangers! And everyone politely congratulates with the move, when they find out that we have just arrived (in the store, on the street).

For example, I asked a question on Facebook in the Haifagroup about housing, and I immediately wrote to a few people with specific advice, left phones so that you can call and ask everything about paperwork, contracts and so on. A couple of people offered to directly take and translate the lease agreement from Hebrew into Russian and explain all the points. This is the work of a lawyer, for a minute, which costs money, and the person eventually did it for free. Another person gave us a tour of the area, spending his time on a day off. The hostess of our apartment for rent helped us to drag our suitcases to the second floor and then offered help in finding housing and generally trying in every way to help. We were helped to transport our suitcases from one apartment to another, we were taken to the store, we bought the most important things, took the handle and showed how to use automatic machines for public transport, helped fill out questionnaires for Hebrew medicine.

P.S. Remember, these are the first impressions. Impressions of a man who has never been to Israel. Got something to add? :)

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