Last Wednesday night (has it been a week already?) I was so honoured to be in a room (a terrace actually) at the HaGov Bar in Central Jerusalem with so many people I had never met before. One person in that room of about 50 people was known to me in my real life before the tweetup – she’s even had the pleasure of my chicken soup. (She tweets for @IsraelMaven).
The rest of the crew were mainly people I have connected with in the three years since I have started tweeting and blogging – and up until now we never had the chance to meet as they live in Israel and I live here.
The awesome William Daroff (@Daroff) joined us and brought some of his Twitter-verse with him – the more the merrier.
The HaGov Bar is owned by the youngest son of Yisrael and Batya Medad – well known bloggers in their own right. When I was looking around for a place to hold the tweetup they suggested the bar, as did my buddy Joel (@funjoel). It was a great suggestion – the drinks were cold and arrived frequently, the food was awesome – not your typical bar food fare. So. Much. Better. We even got a complimentary round of some kind of pink drink in my honour.
I met up with @BenjiLovitt (we first connected on twitter talking about CHUMUS of all things), @Bydahway, @itzuvi, @roopunzel who together with me gave Benji another lesson in Cockney rhyming slang, @rgoldstand was there, I cabbed it home with her and @jessicakorman. Awesomeness!! I got to hang out with the awesome Risa Tzohar, and Hannah Katsman (@amominisrael).
I finally got to hug @tripnmommy who came out from Neve Daniel with @mirigott and @chocoholique. Also representing Neve Daniel was my brewmaster cousin @lonetreebeer whom I had never met before.
There were so many more people there (excuse me for not mentioning everyone) – and it was just a lovely evening. Yisrael insisted on introducing me and I gave something of a welcome speech – never really spoken off the cuff before, but it was fine, and William followed up with some remarks of his own. There was just a very happy vibe in the room. It’s kind of awesome if you think about it, that I have been “talking” to most of these people without meeting them, yet we all feel more than a superficial connection. I was so humbled that so many people made a special effort to come out and meet me – and the hugs and squeals as we all met have a left a huge smile in my heart.
Let’s do this again soon, ok?