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Last summer, I was putting my backpack in the luggage compartment of the bus that would take me from Belgrade to Sarajevo. Right next to me I heard someone speaking to the driver in English. I could get, by her accent, she was from Argentina. We spent my 2 last days in Sarajevo together and then I went back home. Some time in April this year, she called me and told me she was planning a trip to the Middle East for the summer and asked me if I wanted to join her... Did I? OF COURSE!!!
Jessy was travelling to Israel 2 weeks before me so, after a lot of planning, mails back and forth and skype, we agreed to meet in the hostel in Haifa.
I took a night flight from Madrid to Tel Aviv.
I got to Haifa and walked to the hostel. It's really close to the station and very easy to reach. I checked in and chatted a bit with the woman in the reception, who was very nice and showed me the kitchen so I could make myself a nice coffee while waiting for Jessy.
The tour entrance to the gardens (free of charge) is on the top of Mount Carmel, at Yefe Nof St, so we decided to take the subway (6,20 shekels) on our way up and walk down from there after the visit. It's quite a steep way up and the heat and humidity were starting to be suffocating, so the subway (which feels more like an underground funicular) sounded great.
After our visit, we looked for a place to eat. Jessy told me she wanted to invite me for my first falafel of the trip, so great! We found a restaurant with air-con and had a delicious falafel. After that, we went to the hostel. It was too hot to walk around and I really needed to take a nap.
Later in the evening, we went out for a walk around the German Colony (basically Ben Gurion Ave), from where you can enjoy great views of the Baha'i Gardens. We had dinner in one of the many restaurants and went back to the hostel for a nice chat in the patio until past nidnight.