Jerusalem Adventures

Mandy Morrow writes:

While all the people are at the World Cup final, I am sitting on my computer and blogging about my weekend.  I had an absolute blast.  Thursday afternoon, we got back to the kibbutz, showered, and then boarded the bus to Jerusalem.  For those of you who don’t know, I was in Israel last May (2009) but I enjoyed my time there and wanted to go back.  What an experience!

I went on <> and found us a really cheap hostel outside of the Damascus Gate.  It was in the Arabic area and we had to fight our way through a food market to get to the entrance.  However, the inside of the hostel was great!  It had a very Arabic feel to it, the staff was nice, and we met some really cool people.

The first night some of us met up at a place called Papa Andrea’s for some pizza and cheeseburgers (Yay for non-kosher!! …no offense but I like cheeseburgers).  Then we went over to the New City to a bar and enjoyed a relaxing evening of talking, drinks, and hooka.  I called it a night rather early and then the next day played tour guide to some of my friends.  We went to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall, and also made it just in time for the City of David and Hezekiah’s tunnel.  We also spent some time shopping.

While we were walking around some guys asked us directions and it turns out that they are digging at Tel es-Safi.  We started walking along with them and ended up going to a bar/café and having a few drinks together.  Ironically, the Megiddo crew is traveling down to Tel es-Safi on Friday for a field trip!

Saturday we went to the Rockefeller Museum and did some more shopping before meeting the group to wait for the bus (it was over an hour late!).  Then this morning it was back to digging.

Overall, we had a lot of fun this weekend and met a lot of really cool people.  Well off to bed again.  L’hitraot!


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