Apologies for the delay, but trust me, this is good for you, for I`m past wanting to blog every single detail!
The adventure started on Saturday 3 September.
The journey from Edinburgh to Tel Aviv, via Frankfur,t was very pleasant and felt much shorter than it was. I arrived at my hosts at around 2am on the Sunday morning, and although we never ever met before, we gratefully sank into our respective beds around 20 minutes later.
At around 5am, I was, rather unexpectedly, woken up by those guys:
The Muezzin`s call for prayer, to be repeated 5 times a day. You can see the Minaret in the next picture – it`s the small tower at 9am, if you imagine the picture as a clock. I think it sounds beautiful, and it provided the soundtrack to many daytime activities as well – shopping, eating out, or sitting on the balcony during day or at night.
A lot of the Sunday was spent bonding. Bandora`s husband works a Sunday, and, after a first impression of the German Quarter of Jerusalem, where we went for bread and cheese, we spent most of the day on this beautiful balcony chatting and enjoying to be here.
We instantly got on and felt comfortable in each other`s company. And this included her 5-year old who I was told could be so shy. She laughed when I said I was woken up by the Muezzin, when we were missing her baby seat in the car, I took her on my lap and that was us until the moment she looked away when I said Goodbye a week after.
When dad came, we went to Bethlehem together. I had planned a day trip to there, not knowing it was only about 15 minutes from us. I also didn`t appreciate that Bethlehem is in Palestine and that we were required to take our passports and drive through a checkpoint.
Bethlehem and the church, which is supposed to be the birth place of Jesus, are very beautiful, but unfortunately, I haven`t been able to make really nice pictures. I meant to go back, but there were so many other things to see and do that I never did.
By the time we left, it was dinner time, which was spent here, enjoying a breathtaking sunset: