by ‘Canadian Ginger (AKA D’Vora Charness)
Every year Tel Aviv throws what is called the White Night party. As we all know by now, Tel Aviv is always looking for new reasons to party so to kick off the summer the right way, Layla Lavan began last evening and went on till sunrise this morning! The basic idea of the festival is for the streets of Tel Aviv to be packed with people, concerts, dancing, food and of course alcohol!! The night started off with a HUGE silent party at Rabin Square. There was an insane DJ and over 1000 people dancing like crazy to music, which could only be heard by purchasing headsets, which are programed, to the DJ. Picture a mosh-pit of people dancing their bums off to music you can’t hear. The only thing to do after seeing this is to buy a headset and join in!
The night continued by eating shawarma across from the square and purchasing 2 bottles of wine, which we drank while walking down Rothschild Street and listening to all the concerts, that were playing along the street. It was PACKED with people! Funniest part of the night, being stopped by the police because we were jugging wine straight from the bottles while walking down the street, not because of the open bottles but because he wanted to make sure we were of age. Once we explained that we were all in our mid-twenties he just smiled and said: “have a great night!” Oh wait! Another fun cop story, we went up to one to ask directions in our drunken state, which surprisingly effects my navigation skills… open bottles of wine in tact we asked a cop to direct us somewhere and instead of giving us a fine for drinking in the street, he just politely gave us directions and we were on our way! We then ended up turning down Allenby and walked to the beach where again, bands and stages were set up and music was blasting and people dancing and drinking! The night ended with sitting on the beach smoking Nargila, drinking (duh) and watching the sunrise. Oh and observing the very dedicated fit people of Tel Aviv in their sunrise yoga session. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I was out till 5:30am the night before at Clara and eating at Abulafiya (middle eastern style “pizza pops”) I was way to tired to join in. Oh well! There is always next year!!