Shabbat in Jerusalem

Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
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Trip End Oct 21, 2008


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Saturday, November 24, 2007

The usual hum of traffic was all but dead for the sabbath as I walked down a virtually deserted Jaffa st towards the old city. As I neared the Jaffa gate, I passed a fairly steady flow of Jewish families on their way home for Shabbat lunch after praying at the Kotel. Inside the old city was the usual hussle and bussle. I explored King Davids City - basically and archeological excavation site - and took a taxi up the mount of Olives, from where you get a spectacular view of Jerusalem. I asked K, my Palestinian driver about the politics. 'If you look for problem you find problem' he said. 'I dont care who's in charge. I just get on with my life'. (well words to that effect)

Jerusalem has a suprisingly good night life for a holy city, though it doesnt get going till late. I went out with Kathlyn, Atticus, and Bernd, journalists from the Netherlands staying in the hostel, to Mike's place - an American style bar whereI got a cobra cocktail in the happy hour deal -probably called a cobra because it contained a lethal mix of about 4 spirits - . We stayed for a while and wondered through the streets to a nightclub. Zion Square was full of teenagers - many wearing yamulkas (not the girls obviously) - hanging out, and down the sidestreets were loads of bars with people sat at outdoor tables smoking shisha pipes. Inside the club was a slightly older, more sophisticated crowd. I chatted to Kathlyn for a while, whilst Bernd disappeared somehwere (Atticus had gone home) and we danced for a bit.  An Israeli girl started chatting to Bernd and I - appartently she wanted to make sure my phone wasnt hers, and Kathlyn seemed to be getting on well with an Israeli soldier.. No idea what time I stumbled home but clearly being in the holy city was having positive effects because I wasnt hungover in the morning.
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