The New York Times recently invited its readers to compile their dream anti-bucket lists, or as we prefer to call it, the “I’d rather kick the bucket” list. Suggestions from NYT staffers for things they would seriously never do in the Big Apple included taking a swim in the Gowanus Canal, being forced to ask directions after emerging from the subway, and seeing your courtroom photo on the front page of the New York Post.
Readers were then invited to add their own anti-bucket items, which got us thinking: What would the ultimate non-bucket list look like in Israel?
So, readers, after you’ve climbed Masada at sunrise, scarfed your share of hummus and falafel on Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street, ridden a camel in the Negev and partied all night in Tel Aviv, what are some things you hope you never find yourself doing in the Holy Land?
A few suggestions to get the ball rolling:
• Shaving your legs only to be offered a trip to the Dead Sea the very next day.
• Waking up from a beachfront nap only to find you are suntanning in between two furious matkot players.
• Accidentally ordering the red charif on your shawarma instead of the green one.
• Paying for a single fare on the monit sherut shared taxi service with a NIS 100 bill, and receiving all of your change in 10 agorot coins.
• Visiting Shuk Hacarmel on the same day as three different Birthright groups.
• Trying to practice your Hebrew in Tel Aviv when everyone insists on responding to you in English.
• Missing the last bus to Jerusalem before Shabbat comes in.
• Accidentally wandering into a wedding shoot at Old Jaffa, the Tahana old train station complex, or Namal Tel Aviv.
• Realizing that street party you just invited your friends to is actually just the Na Nach Nachman guys and their van.
What is on your Israeli anti-bucket list? Leave your responses in the comments or send us a tweet at @timesofisrael!