- When staying at a hotel in Israel, you get different levels of service, based on the language you speak. My recommendation: stick to English (even if you're fluent in Hebrew).
Still, an unblocked view of the Mediterranean at sunrise/sunset is well worth it.
- The fact that you have a "Do not Disturb" sign on your door, does not automatically promise you won't be awakened by a housekeeper at 8:00am sharp.
- High speed internet isn't. And not just in hotels.
- If you intend to use a Blackberry in Israel, make sure you manually connect to the cellular provider Orange. For some reason, the other provider (Cellcom) has problems with data services (email, internet).
Cellcom, however, has the better sound quality for your phone and is therefore selected by default, if you're Blackberry is on Automatic discovery mode.
- When driving in Israel, be aware:
a) Signaling (apparently) is not mandatory in Israel. If a driver wants to change lanes - he does.
b) If a car next to you looks like it's about to cut you unexpectedly - it would.
c) If a pedestrian looks like he's about to jump into the road - he would.
d) In general, it looks like every Israeli's life goal is to die on the road.
- Office atmosphere and conversation is much warmer and opener than anywhere else.
This is something I'm definitely going to miss. The ability to ask anyone anything, and disregard political correctness. I hope this trend can be exported .
This last week reminded me why I like working with technology and computers so much. I hope I'll be able to do this more often in the future.