I’d like to tell you I’m running out of photos of Israel for you but I suspect I’d be lying.
The Old City in Jerusalem has so many little shops in it. It’s really hard to see where one finishes and another ends so I took this opportunity to take photos of the outside of some closed shops. Some of the shops were totally outside as if someone had enterprise and just started selling outside without having the rights to sell, others opened up and displayed lots of wares outside.
This appeared on the computer, not sure why as the Free Bonus Issue is from Septebmer 2004 (or possibly September, but who am I to make fun of someone else’s typo?).
I loved this spelling of Cider. It goes back to an article I wrote a month ago on languages. There are two consonants in Hebrew with the same sound and if you’re not proficient in English it’d be quite easy to take both of them and mix up the English letters.
Really loved these signs. The second one harks back to the article I wrote about War and Israel, at times we visit despite the country being at war. And what I didn’t mention there is that the Jewish schools in Australia have guards outside, as do our synagogues.
I’m almost there, with only two books in this series to go. It’s an interesting journey and I can’t help wonder why young adults like such dark writing, there are a few series out there at the moment with writing like this and they’re doing well.
Anyway, you probably know the premise by now, it’s a little like the TV series Under the Dome with undertones of Lord of the Flies by William Golding. One day a barrier appears and everyone over the age of 15 disappears, some people have super powers and other develop them over time. The six books each deal with the problem of survival while looking at a specific problem within the community.
Gone deals with the issue of living without adults
Hunger talks about how they figure out the food situation
Lies goes on to deal with the lies people tell
Plague has an illness they can’t cope with, infectious and causes death
And the last two books are Fear and Light but I’m not reading ahead to find out what they’re about.
Plague has all the hallmarks of the first three books, well written, well imagined with some absolutely horrific circumstances. Some of the people are lovely and some aren’t. This is the book where we are introduced to an idea many politicians are aware of, lie through your teeth (what a strange phrase) and ignore the truth, when the people are in danger they’ll accept whatever you say.
If you’re looking for a Christmas present for a fussy young adult then this is a good buy, I’ve linked to this particular book up above but I’m struggling to find a link to the entire set.
Wish I’d had time to actually go inside this bookshop with its lovely name but we were on tour at that point and I didn’t want to hold people up. It looked very lovely.
We saw a few of these coffee cups dotted around the place, a bit like the big M signs we see here but hopefully better. I did the wrong thing and took this photo on the Sabbath, you can see the lack of cars and people in the streets – Jerusalem almost completely shuts down over the Sabbath, most restaurants are kosher and therefore not allowed to open on these days, it’s an interesting day.
I loved these instructions, they’re in formal English and some enterprising person has scratched out the age of the children, not that it mattered as children of all ages were using them with or without adult supervision.
This is a wonderful thing. We saw them scattered throughout Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in all sorts of areas. People were using them as intended and I presume some lucky person gets to come around on a regular basis to empty them. It reminded me of my childhood, we’d store newspapers for ages and when the boot of the car could be completely filled Dad and I would fill it up and take them down to the recycling plant where we could then push them through the chute…we sometimes saw someone else doing the same.
They say patience is a virtue and those of you uninterested in my Israel travels have had your patience tested but I’m not going to return to my irregular schedule of talking about books. I managed to read a few books on my iPad during my time in the northern hemisphere (and on the plane, one of the planes had a poorly working video player so I read instead). And I’ve read a few other books since my return despite trying to mainly concentrate on getting through my backlog of magazines.
However, I do still have lots of photos of typos, book stuff and photos of interest I couldn’t fit anywhere else and I’ll use them up on Friday photos over the next little while. I also have much to write about my travels with my studies so you can learn from my mistakes and make your own.
Quotes from my as yet unwritten articles about these books:
Hooley Dooley! What a ride!
Mea culpa. During our tour of Israel we saw many churches and sites where Jesus had been. Before we our conference started we also did a tour of the tunnels under the Western Wall which included the area where Jesus would have overturned the money changers tables. Revolution! We saw so many churches I’m not only all churched out and not only in awe as to the work involved with these churches but I’ve also forgotten which photos are from which church…I should have written them down in order as we saw them. In order to not bore/overwhelm you I’m giving just a few pictures below.
Here you can see how close Jordan is to Israel. This is the site where John the Baptist baptised Jesus and you can how it’s possible to walk down the steps and be baptised yourself, they do that there. It doesn’t show in this photo but Jordan have a similar area on the other side and they say Jesus was baptised on their side.
Loved the work in this stained glass window, there were many examples of this throughout.
Some more beautiful work. Whatever I may think of churches I do admire the work people have put into them and many photos I took were just to admire the work.
I remember this church clearly but not what it was. You can see I’m inside a room looking at another structure and inside is another room which is rather important to Jesus. It’s highly regulated and took at least 40 minutes of queuing to get inside as only five people are allowed in at any one time, you can’t take photos, you get to the room by going through another small room and when you get inside you’re only given a minute or so just enough time to do a Hail Mary or something.
Building a church around an old church or around an important site was fairly common. It must be an incredibly powerful service in one of these churches.
I’m pretty certain this photo is where Joseph the Carpenter lived. I was under the impression he was fairly poor but we were told things must have been totally opposite to this as he had a cistern for water and lots of space.
This is the room where the Last Supper was held. I’m sure you all know this meal was actually for Passover and they would have talked about the story of the Exodus from Egypt during this meal.
Some more fabulous work. There were so, so many mosaics on floors in Israel and Jordan. We even visited a factory set up for disabled workers and the attention to detail is truly awe inspiring.
Another example of a church near a church. In this one they left the old church where it was (with a synagogue next door) and built the new church over the old one, with external stairs.
As you know I’m horrified by the 50 Shades phenomenon, the writing is very poor and the BDSM is so wrong (I have this from a BDSM friend who talks about an escape word which does not appear to be evident) so I was not happy seeing this book here. If you look down at the bottom shelf you’ll see some For Dummies books, several days after taking this photo I met one of the For Dummies authors, the photo would have looked rather different had I met her first.
This bridge in Jerusalem looks lovely from afar and as it was near our hotel I was able to use it as a navigation device. However, I found it rather challenging walking across it in the dark. Some bright spark decided to build clear bricks into the base and then put in lights so it looks not quite as if you’re walking on glass and my brain had so much trouble coping with this; I really struggle walking on something high up that I can see through. No photos, I dared not stop clinging to the rail.
I’ve heard about libraries at bus stops and was thrilled to find this one in Jerusalem. It has a mix of adult and children’s books.
Look at this plate and before you scroll down past my spoiler alert just have a think to yourself about how old it is.
We found this in the Israel Museum. It was found in a cave carefully wrapped in palm-fibres, it was put there in the time of the Bar Kokhba Revolt between 132 and 135 CE. It may have been manufactured in Alexandria, Egypt and is a very fine example luxurious, colourless glass. It belonged to Babatha, a resident of Ein Gedi. From its looks it could have been made today.
I was on the up escalator at Cinema City when I spotted this gem and got the best photo possible while travelling.
For those Tintin addicts who don’t have enough I found this box set in Booktopia and Tintin: Land of the Black Gold just happens to be the book I have on the back of my Tintin tshirt which I didn’t take to Israel.