My wife and son had gone to bed, but I was still hungry, so I headed to Don Camillo, one of the restaurants at The Jaffa hotel in Tel Aviv.
I brought my laptop along and had planned to work while I ate, but instead I ended up chatting with the waiters…
Very Friendly Waiters
One waiter saw that I took a picture of the dining room and of my appetizers and asked me why. It wasn’t in a demanding or threatening way, but just out of curiosity.
I explained to him that I am a travel blogger and I write hotel reviews. He wanted to learn more and I told him how I started, what I wrote about, and pulled out my laptop and showed him my blog. He kept asking questions…about traffic, revenue, and publicity. I gave him some ballpark figures and he was shocked. I guess he had no idea you could make decent money writing a blog. I emphasized that it must be a labor of love, not a job, and that it took years to earn any revenue (I’ve been blogging for 10+ years now on Live and Let’s Fly).
He apologized for “bothering” me and I quickly stopped him and indicated it was no bother at all. I enjoyed the conversation very much and heck, I was sitting alone anyway.
So I returned to my work and then another waiter came up. He was an electronics guy and noticed my 16″ MacBook Pro and my iPhone 11 Pro I was using to take photos. According to him, these had not reached Israel yet in a widespread way and he asked if he could take a look.
I’m not one to generally hand over my phone to a stranger, but he was standing right next to me so I obliged him. He loved the new camera…
Then we started talking about the laptop and he asked me how it was working for me. I explained I had upgraded to it because my old computer was several years old and could not really handle the burden of running Windows and Mac OS simultaneously, which I need for my other business. He recommended I switch from Parallels to Boot Camp, but I love Parallels because you can run the two operating systems seamlessly in Coherence mode.
Anyway, it was another nice talk.
My main course arrived and I was left alone for a bit (though I had another conversation about kanafeh after I finished).
I didn’t get much work done during dinner, but I walked away very satisfied.
This was literally a first for me. I have long chats with waiters and waitresses in LA, but that’s because I go to the same restaurants each week…not because they are friendly with strangers.
I’m not sure if it was Israeli hospitality or it just so happened that the two guys liked my electronic devices, but it certainly made eating alone a little more fun! It was just one reason I loved Tel Aviv so much.
Do waiters ever come up to you and just start talking?