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Three in one, or a menage a trois!

10 Jul

Actually an update on three days in one!

Friday
We left Jerusalem for Lod, which is one of the most deprived areas in Israel. It seems to have a majority Arab/Bedouin population, most of whom live in illegally built slum areas. This seems to be the cause of a lot of crime/drugs/violence in the area. But there is an amazing organization, the Lod Foundation that has a vision to ty to turn things around in the next few years.

We also saw the Church of Saint George – there is a very famous icon of him killing the dragon, and what is reportedly his tomb below the main building.

Then it was on to Tel Aviv, and a trip to the Carmel Market where you can get anything and everything – So Dad, if you are reading this, I have your chocolate! Also onto Max Brenner for a chocolate fondue, and then back to the hotel via Nachalat Benyamin. A quick shower and dinner – roast goose for the record, had to be tried, then a few of us went on a night walking tour of Jaffa, which was stunning.

Saturday
A day off!! I slept in, then after speaking to an old friend, agreed that they would come and meet me and let their kids swim in the hotel pool. So it was great to catch up, even if I did get my ear talked off about Doctor Who by an 8 year old who seems as obsessed as a certain 9 year old back in England! We had a picnic and ice lollies by the pool until it was time for me to meet up with the group.

We had a discussion about the projects people are working on, and how things have gone so far then, dinner, which included the bizarrely translated ‘Beef Language’ aka – tongue. There was a provate show arranged for us in the evening, called ‘An Israeli Love Story’ performed by Adi Bielski. Set against the backdrop of WWII and the lead up to the declaration of the State of Israel it was very moving. Girl meets boy, he doesn’t notice her for years then when they do fall in love, and plan a wedding… something tragic happens. It is a true story, and we were lucky enough to meet the author, whio was a truly incredible lady.

Sunday (today)
Left Tel Aviv for the north. The first stop was in a bedouin villiage Khawaled, where we were hosted by the familiy of Ishmail Khaldi, Israel’s first bedouin diplomat. His family were incredibly warm and welcoming, it is true what they say about their hospitality, although I think the youngest member of his family was the star of the show, a real charmer aged around a year with a cheeky smile and a love of being the centre of attention.

We were so long there, we missed lunch! It was then off to Julis, a Druze village, where we met the current spiritual leader and listened to a talk by a Professor of Hebrew Literature on the Druze and their situation in Israel.

Then a trip to Amuka, where it is said you can pray at the tomb of a famous Rabbi to find your soulmate. So if you are out there and reading this…..

A welcome dinner came next, and onto our stop for the night, Kibbutz Ginnosar.

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