Downpour in Tel Aviv

22 02 2011

Our pinprick of the Middle East has been experiencing very unusual weather swings lately.  Yesterday Yair and I ventured to the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv… a city built in the middle of a desert.

Historic Tel Aviv in the Early 20th Century: Acres of Sand Dunes

Historic Tel Aviv in the Early 20th Century: Acres of Sand Dunes

Twenty minutes into our wanderings, our plans were quashed by a flash rainstorm and massive flooding throughout the market.  Yair escorted me across the main roads by piggyback to save my shoes and socks from becoming sopping wet.  Most people we walked by made comments to the effect of “Me next!” and Yair momentarily considered ferrying people across the flooded streets on his back for one shekel per ride.  How enterprising.

Check out this short video we took as vendors at the Carmel Market scurried to protect their wares:

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