Kosher McDonald's and flower vending machines: what surprises tourists in Israel
A desert country with an ancient history and holy places welcomes millions of tourists every year. It is open to representatives of different cultures, nationalities, and religions. So not only Christians come here. And most foreigners are surprised by the peculiarities of everyday life in this country.
There are more than 40 McDonald's restaurants in Israel that serve kosher food. This is a lean menu that excludes meat, dairy products, beer, and kvass. Interestingly, the only similar restaurant of this chain outside the Jewish country is located in Argentina.
Israel is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Almost all of its residents have stable jobs or are engaged in business. The state pays assistance to poor citizens. But it is impossible to live on it if you have no other income. Thus, the government encourages all citizens to earn money on their own. I must admit that this method works.
Special signs on the roads
Be careful when driving in Israel. Almost all drivers here follow the rules of the road. However, there is no "STOP" sign in this country. Instead, there is a hand that stops.
Social advertising and charity
Israel has a very developed civil society. The authorities are constantly working to ensure that the country's residents are responsible not only for themselves but also for others. This is how social advertising is placed everywhere. For example, in Jerusalem, you can see an installation of broken cars stacked on top of each other in the shape of a bottle. This is how drivers are reminded not to drive drunk.
There are also boxes for raising money for charity at almost all public transport stops.
Lots of greenery
Israel is located in the middle of the desert. But this does not prevent it from having many parks and green areas. The local authorities have introduced a special watering system for plants so that they do not die due to high temperatures. It is also customary here to plant a tree when a child is born in the family.
Vending machines with flowers
This is perhaps the most pleasant feature of Israel. There are practically no large flower shops here, but there are a lot of vending machines with bouquets. They work as follows: you just need to choose the right product and pay for it with cash or a card.
Shabbat is for everyone
Many tourists believe that they will not be affected by the Sabbath at all. So they are very surprised when public transport stops running on Friday afternoon, and all shops and restaurants close. And this situation continues until Saturday evening, so you have to be prepared for it.
The friendliness of the locals
We can talk about the manners of Israelis for a long time. They are very open and friendly people. So if you need help, you just need to ask. Can't find your way around? You will be taken to the right place practically by the hand. Lost your wallet? They will buy you a bus ticket. And so on in everything.
No stray dogs on the streets, but lots of cats
Israelis love animals. Almost every family has a pet, which is perceived as an equal member of the family. So there are no stray dogs on the streets; someone immediately takes them in. As for cats, there are a lot of them, but all of them are fed and, if necessary, taken to the vets by local residents.
A culture of equality
It's no secret that in Israel, the government is doing everything it can to ensure that men and women have equal rights. And it's not just about salaries or military service. This is the first country to legally ban super-thin models from participating in fashion shows. It is also possible to offend a woman by giving her a seat in public transportation.
Despite its progress, Israel still has exclusively religious marriages. If a couple adheres to different beliefs, they must get married in some other country. At the state level, this will be an absolutely legal act. Moreover, the bride and groom are not required to be present at the wedding, only their proxies can be present.
Sports for everyone
Israelis are convinced that sports can and should be done at any age. There are a lot of athletes and fans of other types of physical activity. Perhaps this is why the country boasts a high average life expectancy.
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