Departures Arrivals

'The Spaniards Are Incredible, They Remind You of Israelis'

Dana, Shir and Pazit explain the difference between a trance festival and a Goa trance festival.

Dana, Shir and Pazit at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport.
Tomer Appelbaum

Pazit Saadon, 25, lives in Moshav Yanuv; Shir Edelman, 25, lives in Moshav She’ar Yashuv; and Dana Gueta, 25, lives in Moshav Ben Zakai; arriving from Madrid

Hello, can I ask where you’re arriving from?

Pazit: Sure you can.

Shir: Definitely.

Dana: Well, we haven’t actually landed yet.

You all look tired but happy.

Shir: Yes, it was great.

But where were you?

Shir: We went to a trance festival.

Dana: A Goa trance festival. Write that down.

Is it important to write that down?

Dana: It’s important, because there are many different types of trance.

Shir: We looked specifically for a festival with a certain kind of music. There aren’t many festivals like it in the world, maybe two. There are a lot of electronic music festivals, or rock and trance festivals, but not necessarily “Goa trance.”

Is this music only for dancing and festivals, or do you listen to it, too?

Shir: We listen to it at home.

What differentiates Goa trance from other trance?

Shir: There’s something more melodic about it.

How was the festival itself?

Pazit: Amazing. It was at a nature reserve in southern Spain, near Seville.

Shir: For five days.

Dana: The place is called San Nicolas del Puerto. It’s a gorgeous place, with a river and trees.

Pazit: There’s nothing like it in Israel, with all my love for this country.

Were there a lot of people there?

Pazit: There were something like 2,000 people.

Dana: They came from all kinds of places. It’s nice to meet people from all over the world.

And all of them are young, single and happy?

Shir: There were young people, but others, too.

Pazit: There were also families and plenty of children.

Dana: And a lot of Europeans.

How were they?

Dana: Cute.

Shir: The Spaniards are incredible, they remind you of Israelis.

Pazit: Only with a more patient disposition.

What does one do during a festival like that?

Dana: There’s everything there, like festivals usually have.

Pazit: Whatever strikes your fancy.

At my age, that means sleeping. But aren’t there any activities?

Pazit: Sure there are.

Dana: Just what you would imagine: hot-air balloons, monkey petting, yoga workshops.

Shir: But the best thing about going to a place like that is to listen to the music.

Pazit: It’s good to connect with nature, free love, pure karma – we can give you all the slogans.

I’ll take them.

Dana: You caught us in a sort of cliché state.

Pazit: But mostly there is the experience of the music.

Did you fight among yourselves, or did everything go smoothly?

Dana: There was no fighting, we’re all good friends.

Where do you know each other from?

Dana: We met in India.

Shir: We did most of India together, over a period of half a year.

Pazit: That was just too great a time.

Shir: Too much time has passed since then.

When was this?

Shir: In 2013.

Dana: It was two or three years ago. Write whatever you feel; the details aren’t critical, you know.

What are your plans now?

Dana: Now it’s back to routine.

Shir: I’m back to my routine: second year studying behavioral sciences at university.

Dana: I’m starting an internship in hydrotherapy.

Pazit: I’m moving to the north, I will live on Kibbutz Merom Hagolan.

Dana: The main thing is that I’m going to take a bath.

Pazit: We haven’t showered for around five days.

There was no shower there?

Pazit: We were in full camping mode: equipment, tents.

Dana: There was only cold water, and it wasn’t so pleasant.

Shir: That’s an experience, too.

Pazit: And it turns out that it goes away with time.

What goes away?

Pazit: The smell!

Leah Paz at Israel's Ben Gurion Insternational Airport.

Leah Paz, 26, lives in Tel Aviv; flying to Almaty, Kazakhstan

Hello, can I ask where you’re going?

On business.

What kind of business?

My mother, Miri, works in the jewelry industry. We have a company called Carmen Jewelry Design and I deal with all the finances and pricing. But that’s only the first thing I do.

What’s the second thing?

I also work in a startup company called Triple D, which is very cool. We are developing an app that allows you to photograph precious stones with Smartphones, which also adds the certificate and price, and can then be transmitted to merchants. The third thing I’m doing is still a secret.

Give us a hint.

It has to do with the world of fashion and lifestyle. Something combined with sales of high-end apparel. I’m the luckiest girl in the world: I deal with both clothes and jewelry.

Hold out your hand so we can see what you wear.

A Rolex and jewelry designed by my mother. I love classic things. I have two tennis bracelets, one big and one small. The big one I “stole” from Mom..

Don’t you get nervous wearing such expensive jewelry?

That is the way of life I’m used to. I’ve worn expensive things since I was very young. I never take off the earrings I got from Mom when I was drafted – a one-carat, round diamond. It could make someone who’s not used to it uptight. Maybe the story would be different if you put five carats on my finger.

Tomer (the photographer): With all these jewels, what will be left for your partner to buy you?

I can take whatever I want from the store, but I’ve worked hard since childhood. My mother and I achieved everything ourselves. I’m not looking for someone to bring me diamonds. If someone appears, then great; and if not, also great.

Sounds like you’re proud of your mother.

My mother is a very special person, strong and independent and deserving of appreciation. From her I learned how to achieve my goals without affecting the family honor. You have to know the background to appreciate this.

What’s the background?

My mother and I immigrated to Israel from Kazakhstan when I was 2. Life there is very different. Kazakhstan is very chauvinistic and outmoded. You can’t go to a café in the evening with girlfriends, because that makes you a cheap woman. It’s unacceptable for a woman to have a career and travel all over the world, like my mother. But she found the way to do it and to respect the tradition.

Does your company work only with Kazakhstan?

No. It’s located there. My mother went back almost 10 years ago.

And you stayed in Israel?

I was almost finished high school and I wanted to do army service. I never saw myself living there. I lived here with aunts. It was only afterward that I realized that it wasn’t easy for me to cope. After the army I spent a year with her in Kazakhstan, working; she needed me. Then I came back here.

What was it like working with Mom?

Only good things came from it. We complement each other. In terms of work, I am orderly and organized, and she is very creative. I learned a great deal. It contributed to the person I am today and to what I will achieve in the future, with God’s help.

Your dream is a website?

Yes. I am working with another woman on it and we want it to be up in March-April. To create something of very high quality demands an investment of time, work and money. But we’re out to conquer the world big-time!