Last but not least, meet Bianca Zanini, another one of our amazing guest speakers for our next Citizen Talks event coming up next Sunday August 26th. Bianca is Danish-Brazilian and has spent the last decade between Copenhagen, New York, and Rio de Janeiro but now lives in Tel-Aviv.
Bianca is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. She used to work as an independent video journalist, producing and hosting pieces for various international media. Now Bianca works as an international correspondent at I24NEWS.
We asked Bianca 5 questions so you can get to know her a little better, too.
When and why did you move to Tel Aviv?
“When” is easy: I moved to Tel Aviv a year and a half ago.
“Why” is one of those complicated stories – in part because of work, in part because of love. And in part because I lost someone so close to me, that everything around me crumbled. I needed to go somewhere new, to start over in order to continue. So I came to sunny Tel Aviv. With its beaches, bars and decadent buildings, the city helped me start piecing things together.
What was your welcome-to-Tel-Aviv moment?
I was on my bike, riding through the city. I looked around and realized I couldn’t read any of the signs on the streets or the shops. Everything suddenly seemed so foreign, I felt a knot in my stomach and asked myself – what am I doing here, really? 10 minutes later I was having beer and humus at the beach with a group of friends, listening to the sounds of matkot and laughs. Making dinner plans. And the knot washed away…
What’s your best advice for internationals living in Tel Aviv?
Strangers will be way too forward and ask you why you aren’t married yet, cars will honk for no reason at all and there are semi-scary cats lurking everywhere. Get used to it, try to embrace it. You’ll see how easy it is to meet amazing people from all over the world and of course – to eat super tasty food.
Where can we find you on a typical Thursday night?
At work – or at the Shuk in Jaffa…
What’s your favorite Hebrew word or phrase?
בקבוק (pronounced bak-book) which means bottle in Hebrew