I am still on the road visiting my colleagues in sunny Tel Aviv. It’s a beautiful city even though it doesn’t have the same rich history as Jerusalem does. It grows and changes so quickly. I visited it several times over the last ten years, and it’s almost like seeing a child growing in front of your eyes. Tel Aviv is growing taller. A lot of modern towers sprang up in the middle of the city and in the nearest suburbs, and my coworker told me that they plan to build 50 more this year.
There is a big difference with, say, Manhattan – soldiers or policemen checking bags and sometimes documents every time you enter a big store or a hotel. Tel Aviv had to learn how to stay safe over years of terrorist attacks that took innocent lives. But those senseless acts of violence didn’t dampen Israeli spirit. The streets are full of people at any time of day and night, the restaurants are serving great food from all parts of the world, and people seem to be able to live more in the moment than in US. I always enjoy seeing my Israeli coworkers – they are positive, energetic, strong and find moments for fun even when they have to work long hours under a lot of stress. Visiting them reminds me that I don’t just work to earn money. I also enjoy the friendships that formed over years and should take more pride in the technology we create even when it’s less perfect that I would like it to be. Even though I slept here very little and worked a lot, I come back refreshed and energized – almost as if I had another vacation. No other business trip has the same effect on me, but visiting ancient land of Israel always does. I just hope that some of this enthusiasm still stays with me after about 18 hours of flying back home tomorrow.
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