Hadera is a quiet city between Tel Aviv and Haifa. It is also 15 minutes north of Netanya. Besides one neighborhood, Hadera is inland - a few kilometers east of the Mediterranean Sea. Givat Olga is Hadera's beach neighborhood. All of the photos here are from Givat Olga. Givat Olga is somewhat of an enclave - cut off from the rest of Hadera by the Coastal Highway. Its not on the way to anywhere in particular so there's isn't much traffic.

The beach reminds me of Israel in the 1980's - an unassuming Israel where the restaurants overlooking the beach sell food and drinks at about the same price as the grocery stores. Tourists don't make it to Givat Olga - or to Hadera. Its not Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and not even Haifa or Netanya. Its as quaint as you get in the center of Israel.

I moved here in the summer of 2010. After seven years in the Negev desert, I missed the beach. Its nice being able to wake up and go for a beach walk. In my 20's, I used to laze around at the beach with friends. Today I go for fast walks - a few laps back and forth and then home to continue my morning workout.

Almost everything I need is in Givat Olga. A supermarket, a few grocery stores, bakeries, fruits and vegetables. Even a pizza place and a McDonald's. When I need the pharmacy and skin products, I hop on a bus to Hadera. There are buses to Hadera every few minutes - its a 15 minute ride.

I was in an American program for 12th grade in Pardess Chana - a short ride from here. As Pardess Chana was a small town, we young Americans would go to Hadera for a bit of the city and the beach. Its cool being here again as an adult..

I took the above photos in early December 2010..

I bought a new monitor - they're widescreen now. If you don't have one yet, your next one will be wide enough to view this without scrolling. This means my panoramas will be wider and better. It started raining just as I got home from getting my winter jacket dry cleaned. I shot these photos from my window. Rain!!

A walk to the beach after the storm.. This was the worst storm to hit Givat Olga's beach in 20 years. The beach restaurants and lifeguard posts were badly damaged. The water line moved way up from its normal spot and the waves were strong. A few people were collecting seashells. The rest of us were strolling the beach, impressed by the power of the first winter storm of the season.

I woke up this morning and what did I see? A rainbow! Its a pre-coffee panorama..

A wintery panorama of the beach..

By April, it is already getting warm and in two months, the Middle Eastern summer will be blazing. A good reason to appreciate April showers!

On November 11, 2011 - 11/11/11 - I went to a friend's in Tivon in the north of Israel. Tivon is about a half hour north of Hadera. Its a scenic ride from the Mediterranean Sea inland a bit to hills and forests. By tomorrow afternoon it will be raining so it was a good time to go for a walk. That's Haifa in the background of the bottom two photos.

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Kenny Sahr