Chania

Eat

  • Sketi Glyka (desserts)
  • Chrisostomos

Sleep

  • Cocoon City Hostel

Daytrips

  • Balos beach
  • Elafonissi beach
  • Samaria Gorge (hike)

Rethymno

Eat

  • Stella’s Kitchen
  • Italian
  • To Rakodikio

Sleep

  • Rethymno Youth Hostel

Do

  • Swan Beauty & Spa (massage)

Daytrips

  • Preveli beach
  • Kourna Lake
  • Plakas (or so I hear)

Heraklion

Eat

  • Plastelina (greek salad)
  • Crumb

Sleep

  • So Young Hostel

Pending

  • Plakas beach
  • Kritsa
  • Arkadi Monastery
  • Amari Valley
  • Vai beach
  • Argiroupoli


  1. Never eat lunch at your desk.
    Take the full hour, go for a walk, see the sun. You deserve a proper break.
  2. No good bread comes in a plastic bag.
    Or presliced. Buy your bread at a bakery.
  3. Travel as much as you can in your 20s.
    It will only…


Croissants

  1. Maison Kayser
  2. Alexander
  3. Magazzino
  4. Lechem Cham
  5. Torta Della Nonna

Decent

  • Dallal
  • Bakery
  • Arcaffe
  • Lechamim
  • Urban Bakery
  • Milk
  • Lechem ve Shut

Don’t bother

  • Le Moulin (dry)
  • Boulangerie 96

Pending review

  • Lachmanina
  • Emma bakery

Baguettes

  1. Maison Kayser
  2. Teller
  3. Gourmet shop

Neapolitan Pizza

  1. La Tigre
  2. Neopolitan (Haifa)
  3. Fabrica (Rehovot)

Decent pizza

  1. Pizza 85
  2. HaPizza
  3. Teder
  4. Lila

Pending review

  • Fresca Pizzeria Napoletana (Massada)
  • Pizza (for the…

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  • What’s the work life balance like?
  • How do design and research collaborate?
  • How does design fit into the larger picture?
  • What are the current challenges the design team faces?
  • What are the things I could really help with?
  • Why…

  • A Ghost Story
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • The Last Black Man In San Francisco
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Shoplifters
  • The Florida Project
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Lady Bird
  • Roma
  • Eight Grade
  • Burning
  • Mid90s
  • Menashe
  • Parasite

Foreword

If you’ve seen the show, Portlandia, you’ll find that it’s more documentary than satire. Portlanders strive to keep portland weird, and for the most part, they’ve been successful.

It’s an isolated and homogenous place where residents curate and maintain their utopian vision. They strive to maintain these utopian values of…


Favourite cafés

  • Gartine
  • Winkel 43
  • Glou Glou
  • CT Coffee & Coconuts
  • Ruis
  • Concerto Koffie
  • De Laatste Kruimel
  • Café De Prins
  • Petit Gateau
  • ‘t Hotel
  • De Bakkerswinkel (Particularly in the Westerpark)
  • Cafe De Pont
  • Bar Bukowski
  • Cafe Wildschut
  • Dignita Hoftuin
  • Pancakes Negen Straatjes

Favourite restaurants

  • Mana Mana
  • Sugo
  • De Bazar
  • Pazzi
  • Soup & Zo

Favourite shops

  • School Of Life

Favourite neighborhood to stay

  • Jordaan / Negen Straatjes (near the Anne Frank museum)
  • Alternatively: Foam / Reguliersgracht / Utrechtstestraat area

  • Please Like Me
  • Fleabag
  • Patriot
  • Flight Of The Conchords
  • The Newsroom
  • Parks and Recreation
  • The Office
  • Ramy
  • Veep
  • Community
  • The Leftovers
  • Halt & Catch Fire
  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Killing Eve
  • Shtisel
  • Dix Pour Cent
  • Bojack Horseman
  • Catch 22
  • Letterkenny
  • Master of None
  • High Maintenance
  • Legion (Season 1)
  • Getting On
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Big Mouth
  • The White Lotus
  • The Chair
  • Feel Good

Hebrew

  • Shababnikim
  • Kupa Rashit
  • Hazarot

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

— Mary Oliver

What is true is already so. Owning up to it doesn’t make it worse. Not being open about it doesn’t make it go away. And because it’s true, it is what is there to be interacted with. Anything untrue isn’t there to be lived. People can stand what is true, for they are already enduring it.

— Eugene T. Gendlin

The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.

— David Foster Wallace

Woke, like PC before it, means being decent to people who are not you.

— Thomas Chatterton Williams

Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and me simultaneously.

— Prentis Hemphill

This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play.

— Alan Watts

Honesty without kindness is brutality. Kindness without honesty is manipulation. Kindness without boundaries is self-harm.

— Unknown

Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.

— Shaker proverb

Tal Benisty

Product Designer at Nexar. Formerly at Cruise, Collective Health, Cooper, Designit, and IDEO.

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