University of Haifa International School Student Blog
Sometimes it feels very tough to leave University of Haifa’s campus. Although there are buses at all hours of the day it is a commitment to get off campus because it takes a while to get anywhere, and then you have to be able to commit that same amount of time to get back. Everyone needs a day to escape every now and then, and for me that day came this weekend. One of the best parts, in my opinion, about Haifa, is that there is public transportation. It runs less frequently than during the week but it still runs, and it successfully took me to the beach on an absolutely beautiful Saturday afternoon. It was a hot 90ish degree farenheight day and so beaching was certainly the perfect activity for the day. It was a pain in the butt to get down to the beach, because many bus lines don’t run on Shabbat it just took us a while to get down there, but once we were there it was completely worth it. Surrounded by all Israelis and their families the atmosphere was great, the sun felt wonderful, and the water was a great temperature. One of the best parts about Haifa’s beaches is that it is not swamped with tourists. For some reason Haifa just isn’t much of a tourist destination so when it gets to full beach season you can feel like you are experiencing it all with actual people, not with the million birthright people who come every year. Now the Haifa beaches are not quite as large or glamorous as the Tel Aviv beaches, but when you are looking for a nice day to chill by the water with the sun overhead, Haifa is the perfect location. I chose to come to the University of Haifa because of the city of Haifa. Not the bar scene or the malls or restaurants, all of which are nice, but because after looking at pictures of the city I realized it has my two favorite landscapes: the mountains and the beach. I have made a point, and been lucky enough to also have the time, to thoroughly take advantage of both parts of Haifa. I only have a week and a half left, but I am definitely going to be making use of the mountains and the beach as often as I can until the very last minute.