I live in Ramat Beit Shemesh, one of the most religious cities in the world (literally).
Though we have a population of over 80000, we don’t have movie theaters, mini golf, amusement parks, bars, etc. We don’t even have many eat in restaurants.
I’m very happy living here, but it does make life a bit boring at times.
It’s for this reason that I purchased a book called Side Walks, by Kate Pocrass. Side Walks encourages you to explore your own neighborhood. It helps you to discover the aspects of your town that are unique, fun, and worth investigating.
Perfect for someone who lives in a city where ideas for recreational activities aren’t obvious.
Before I started filling in the sections of this book, I was convinced there was absolutely nothing to do nearby. But after just an hour or two I came up with a small, but exciting list.
- Stalactite Caves
- Music Festival
- Bowling (Yigal Alon 24)
- Tel Beit Shemesh
- Beit Guvrin National Park
- Benjamin Children’s Library
- Mirchaz G’mach
- Emunah Shiur
- Tuesday Night Board Game Group
- Thursday Night Board Game Group
Okay, I admit it. Still not a lot to do. But it is much more than I had ever thought of without the book.
In addition, Side Walks has quite a few “challenges” that can be done virtually anywhere. My son and I did the following…
When eating out, order the weirdest thing on the menu. The unusual items are often the tastiest. At the very least, you will have a good story to tell others.
We went to two bakeries and one ice cream store and at each stop, shared something we had never tried before; chocolate souffle, rum and raisin ice cream, berry cheese pastry, a tiny cheese roll and a fruit flavored water. The whole excursion cost about seven dollars, introduced us to some unusual treats and allowed us to spend a fun few hours together out of the house. We had a great morning doing something we never would have thought to do without the guidance of the book.
If you live in a tiny town, out in the country, or even (as I do) in one of the most religious cities in the Middle East, Side Walks will allow you to take advantage of all the entertainment resources available to you.
Side Walks: A Journal for Exploring Your City (affiliate link)