My First Grand Adventure

May or may not have gotten very lost in Jerusalem. (Read: Did. Definitely got lost.)

So, much has changed since my last post…

This morning, I awoke early to go to Ben Yehuda street to revisit the post office, this time with my passport to exchange my travelers checks for shekels.  Grace went with me and we made a productive early-morning of it.  Following that, we stopped at the Ahava shop to purchase shampoo, body wash, and hand lotion (and got a GREAT deal…) considering I had gone a few days borrowing from Leo.

It all went downhill from there.

We got on the wrong bus to get home.  We were too chicken to ask anyone on the bus when we seemed to be heading the wrong way until we were about 20 some odd minutes in the wrong direction.  At that point, we got off the bus and started heading back while looking for a taxi.  Luckily, the second bus stop we found was the right bus, and we headed back to Mount Scopus…we were just about 45 minutes later than we originally thought.  >_>  Whoops!

After that, Rachel, Robert, Martina, Esther and I all headed to the Old City.


For those confused, Jerusalem is divided into two parts.  The Old City and the New City.  Everyone wants the Old City.  That’s what you hear about on the news.  It is divided into four parts; The Jewish Quarter, The Christian Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, and the Muslim Quarter.  The Kotel and the Dome of the Rock are in the middle.


While in the Old City, we found food and shopped a wee bit before heading to the Kotel to place my prayers in the wall.  Here is a picture of all of them:

Following that, we shopped some more and then discovered/traversed for the first time on the Light Rail.  The Light Rail is something that has been in the works for over 9 years.  It finally began running on August 19th and is still on a trial basis, meaning all rides are FREE!  We like free.  It’s basically a tram…kinda like a subway, but on ground level.  It’s new and shiny and fun…but crowded.

When we got off the Light Rail we were at Jaffa Road where there is a famous market (shuk: pronounced shook as in “I shook the rattle”) called Mahaneh Yehuda.  It’s basically this HUGE outdoor market that sells all fresh food and kitchenware and omnomnom.  Like a huge farmers market…but bigger.  In fact, the first comment I made when stepping on this street was that I felt like Harry Potter in Diagon Alley for the first time…  It really was overwhelming, but I got a lot of food for very little money.  And personally, I tend to think food is good.  I mean, I bought three huge bags of pasta for only 10 shekels (10 NIS).  That equates to about $3.00.  Beat that!

Following that, I came back to campus and went on an epic excursion to find the bookstore.  It had closed 6 minutes before we got there.  This is extremely frustrating due to the fact that the store is closed Fridays and Saturdays.  …Ulpan (school) starts Sunday morning at 9:30.  The store opens at 9:00.  It’s going to be an interesting morning.

Meanwhile, can’t buy a router for the internet until the Academiq (bookstore) is open.  So…no solid internet until Sunday at the very earliest.  (Sorry mommy! 😦 )

Lastly, I had a “party” with Rachel, Esther, and Robert.  We all made spaghetti, drank Coke, and watched The Prince of Egypt.  As such, I couldn’t sleep.  I took a freezing shower (I’ve yet to take a warm one…I’m crossing my fingers for soon?)  So instead of sleeping, I created a collage!  Feel free to ooh and ahh and see if you can spot any pictures of yourself on my dresser.  If there aren’t any picture of you…it’s cause I don’t have any.  Send me some!  >_>  I don’t have a mailing address…  Guess I should figure that out…


And now, since I can’t feel my toes or fingers…I guess I should wrap this up.


Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Obtained my Master's in Film, Television and Screen Media in London, England. Now working as a small-group travel coordinator. Nice to meet you!

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