It’s flag season in Tel Aviv.

Spent the afternoon walking around Tel Aviv. It was the first time I noticed that the flags are out for flag season, or Yom Haatzmaut, which is going down next Wednesday evening-Thursday. It’s Israel’s 60th anniversary this time, so it’s actually more than just personal flags – storefronts, advertisements and highways are more decorated than usual.

Tel Aviv Ibn Gibrol Israeli flags

Ibn Gibrol Street in central Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv municipality flag

Tel Aviv municipality

Residential Israeli flags

Private residence

Steimatsky storefront for Israel

Steimatsky book store

Bank Hapoalim Israeli flag marketing

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Hapoalim Israeli Independence Day marketing

Bank Hapoalim

Elite bus for Israel 60th anniversary

Elite chocolate

Kikar Rabin for Yom Haatzmaut

Kikar Rabin preparations

Nostalgia is like a box of chocolates.

A coworker, upon returning from vacation, brought a box of chocolate to share today, as per the office tradition. I don’t think she realized the excitement it would cause; she’s an olah like me. We found it very cute to watch the Israelis get excited about her choice:

elite retro chocolate

It’s a retro-style box of Elite chocolate bars; Elite is the Israeli brand that brings us the series of “cow” chocolate bars. Apparently, they recognized he retro-ness and enjoyed the nostalgia.

Let’s face it; we’d do the same with Hershey’s.