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YES, WEEKEND!

OH MY MALTA

It‘s a Friday afternoon, I‘m at home – reading newspapers, slowing down my pace and welcoming the weekend‘s ambiance.

Somewhere in the horoscope section, I see a ridiculous sentence that refers to my sign – ”An unplanned trip overseas awaits, paid by someone else – a business trip or someone asking you to accompany them“.

”Come on!“ I smile to myself, ”who believes this nonsense?!“

Two days later, an email from Malta‘s Tourism Authority arrives in my mailbox. On the other side of the keyboard, lovely Janet is inviting me on an official visit to the island curtesy of Visit Malta.  

”Unbelievable!“ I think to myself, ”maybe it‘s time to stop being such a cynic and realize all my dreams are close enough to grasp“. Continue Reading

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WHISKEY WOMAN

“You’re saying there are women who drink whiskey?” – he asked, in shock. But before I unleashed a smart-ass, feminist speech, I looked into the surprised eyes of a man who just yesterday celebrated his 87th birthday, and who has obviously seen a thing or two in his life. He smiled at me warmly and added: “my children don’t even drink wine!” Right away I knew I was in for an interesting evening.

But before I tell you all about the launch of the QUEST COLLECTION, by Scottish Whiskey brand Macallan – a soiree I was invited by my friends from James Richardson Duty Free – allow me to pour myself a glass and proudly declare: my name is Kochavit and I love whiskey! Continue Reading

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BOM DIA PORTO

My parents were seeking a destination for a cool summer vacation. One thing led to another, and I found myself in Porto.

It’s not as if I completely barged in on their trip, they simply realized their vacation wouldn’t be the same without me ;-)

I’ve been wanting to visit Portugal – and Porto specifically – for quite some time now. The stories and pictures that were related to this destination stroke an urge in me – to experience this incredible town and travel to a place that resembles no other I’ve ever visited before. Continue Reading

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SUMMER AND THE (OLD) CITY

“I can do anything I want during the summer vacation” (Hebrew Children songs).
Although I graduated from high school a long time ago and memories of the infamous summer vacation (the year of rethinking my life course) the one I went on two years ago, are beginning to fade, however, “somehow” it happened that this year July was full of indulgences and vacations.
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MY BIG FAT GREEK VACATION

I went off on a family vacation in Greece. Maybe it’s my Greek roots (Hey Thessaloniki!) or maybe it’s the fact that I was born in summer, but the sun and the blue sea are my favorite pastime.

My friends who climb mountains and those who love to hike will forgive me, but I find it hard to understand the pleasure in a challenging trip. As far as I’m concerned, people watching while sitting in the sun drinking a frosty cocktail, is a sport that I simply excel at. Continue Reading