Yerushalaim

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Home made Matsa Brei. How long does it takes to eat salty food for breakfast? Less than two weeks!

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!

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View from the road to Har Radar

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In the back, the village of Abu Gosh, one of the only one where Jews and Arabs live together. It’s said that this is the place where you can find the best humus.

Just some view of Jerusalem and the surrounding villages from the top of the hill.

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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.

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The monument

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Souvenirs from the independence war

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Jerusalem

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View from the monument. Jerusalem is on the left, you can see the new bridge they built for the tram a couple of years ago, it’s this white mast that Israelis hate.

 

Shabbat around Jerusalem – we avoided the old city this time because of the Naqqbah day.

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Nothing better than a typical Israeli breakfast of Pessah to start a day !

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Trying to look okay with the sun in our faces: failed. 

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The Montefiore windmill. Alas there is not enough wind in Jerusalem so it never worked.

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The YMCA center. In our back, the King David Hotel

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The mill and the Moshava Germanit (German Colony) from afar

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Shir’s mom has designed the plan for the house they live in as she wanted a house without walls. The result is incredible.

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The patio in the center of the house

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The living room corner

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The dining room corner, with the delicious Shabat meal on the table

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!

A day at the Dead Sea

Since all my freshly met friends are in a festival in the desert, I thought that instead of doing nothing in Beersheva, I would better do nothing by the sea.

Here are a few more photos of an everlasting blue sky (can we get tired of it as some point?)

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On the way to Yam HaMelakh

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Croweded beach but no one in the water; 20°C is probably too cold for the locals (I’m talking about the water’s temperature here, not the air…)

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The mountains are beautiful but you can’t avoid the hotels

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In Hebrew, it’s called the Salty Sea for an obvious reason. I am really showing the salt on my skin, not bragging about my (still light) tan!