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The last day…

So it came at last, the end… It seemed so far away to start with, but then I actually got here, and things went so fast.

The day started with a trip to see disputed areas of Jerusalem – we saw from a lookout point the palestinian cities of Beit Jallah and Beit Lehem (Bethlehem), and could clearly see the security fence, which is not a wall for the whole length despite what people say. There are stretches that are just a fence, and some that are a wall – most of it is a fence. Then down to the checkpoint at Bethlehem, and then onto Sheikh Jarrah/Shimon HaTzaddik, an areadeemed to be Israel, but mostly arabs living there until recently when Jews started to move in. There was no sign of guards about, and to my eyes at least it looked a normal, if a little run down area of the city.

We also went to the Tayelet (Promenade) in Talpiot which gave a panoramic view of the city, and to the Kottel (Western Wall) where I think most of us took the chance to go and leave a note there, it is a holy place and there were clearly people of other faiths praying there and leaving notes, as well as many Bar Mitzvah celebrations taking place.

Lunch was back at the MFA, then we had a closing session, where certificates were presented, and photos taken. We ended with singing the Hatikvah, then it really was time to say goodbye.

Since then, well I went back to the hotel and dropped my stuff off, then walked to Ben Yehuda street to do some last minute shopping. Now, i have a sherut ordered for 3am, so time to repack my bags, then shower and crash out for a bit. See you again at home.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Packing

Can I mention now that I hate packing. Love the end result, but the whole business of getting the case down from the top of the wardrobe and then working out what to take, the red dress or a black skirt etc. drives me nuts. Sometimes I wish there was a packing fairy who would visit me, wave her magic wand and everything would just fit in there all folded neatly and that when it was time to go home again she’d appear and do her stuff again!

Enough of that – clothes and shoes are packed, just room for my washbag and the inevitable pharmacy that accompanies me on my travels, I’m a ‘if I don’t have it, I’ll need it’ person, hence the stash of painkillers, plasters, bite cream and all that – I even have a mini sewing kit!

Last things I have to do in the morning are pack my carry on bag, print out the e-tickets and travel insurance documents, then go out to get some shekels, at least in this part of the world, all the banks and the big post office have as a matter of course, although there is an independent place that will likely give me a better rate.

And after that – well I’d just like to watch the Nadal – Murray match

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Ready to go

 

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