On Friday, Shir (who saved my life when I arrived at the university) invited me at her parent’s who live close to Jerusalem in a village called Har Radar. No only she is super nice, but she is also the best guide! She knows every thing and the tour with her was super interested but since my brain doesn’t work, I am unable to remember half of the things she explained. So we’ll have to do the tour again, or to take her with us when someone comes to visit!
Just some view of Jerusalem and the surrounding villages from the top of the hill.
Har Adar in Hebrew means “The Mount Adar”. But in reality it’s a trick and it has to be read as HaRadar, “the radar”. Indeed the British had built a radar on the top of the hill during WW2 and a lot of soldiers felt in the attempt to keep this position. Therefore they wanted to name the village according to that but since it’s mandatory to give Israeli name to every new settlement, they found the trick. There is a memorial on the top of the hill on which you can climb and embrace the breath-taking view.
Shabbat around Jerusalem – we avoided the old city this time because of the Naqqbah day.
Shir’s mom has designed the plan for the house they live in as she wanted a house without walls. The result is incredible.
And today, I spent some time wandering around the city, buying spices in the shuk Mahane Yehuda, eating on a terrasse in Mamila, Jerusalem’s Champs-Elysées, tried to explain the basis of the culture to two Swiss friends who happened to be in the city as I was there. All in all those vacations were awesome and I must say that I am not so thrilled to have to go to the lab in two days. Life should never be about working!