Stunning Views in Haifa

Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday may not have been the best day to visit Haifa. The Wadi Nisnas markets were all closed and the Baha'i Shrine is closed for annual cleaning until August 25. Good thing this beautiful coastal town is only a one-hour train ride away...
Did enjoy the gorgeous Baha'i gardens, and sampled some amazing Arabic sweets from a bakery recommended by the nice guy who gave me directions. Think it may have been one of the special phyllo/cheese desserts made especially for Ramadan. I enjoyed it so much, I forgot to show you a picture!
Interesting perspectives from the two local men I talked to- one Muslim and one Christian. Echoing what the Jewish man from Jerusalem said- life is hard in Israel if your goal is to make a lot of money. Things are pretty expensive and most local wages aren't high enough.
Emile, who owns the shwarma shop with his brother, works ever day- more than 12-hour days. He says he can't afford to close. What if one of his customers goes elsewhere and likes their sandwich better? (Hard to imagine- it was delicious!) He also says that there are too many holidays observed here. With three major religions, each celebrating on different days; every one is a loss for the shop. I was the only one dining today. It's still Ramadan, and Muslims break the daily fast at sundown with their families at home.
The other guy told me how depressing it was to live in a country where everyone hates one another and there is constant war. So sad!
You don't see it here everyday. At least, not in Tel Aviv. It seems so peaceful. I did ask someone though, if they felt safe in Jerusalem. He said, "Yes. Now that we have a wall around the city". Hmmm... And there are all if those armed soldiers everywhere.
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