A good starting point to understanding the Tel Aviv difference is history. It is not an ancient city, founded only in 1909. Unlike other Mediterranean cities such as Rome, Athens or Barcelona, it is more reminiscent of an east Asian boom town but with the climate of southern California. It is defined not by layers of organic growth over centuries, nor by stunning historical architecture, but by its cafes, bars, restaurants, beaches, and 24-hour lifestyle.
Marlene and her family live in Tel Baruch Tzafon, a neighborhood in the northern part of Tel Aviv. This is my base here. It’s an upper-middle class area and the biodiversity walk starts here giving a view of the environs these Tel Aviv residents experience daily.