some more photos from Jerusalem…

… and I`m afraid it is the last ones – quite random, but some quite pretty things among them, which I couldn`t possibly withhold:

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This was from my only visit to an indoor shopping centre, which is located within the main bus station in Jerusalem. I bought one of those jugs for my bathroom and a hair band of a kind that I could never find at home.

 

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A really old fashioned library, stuffed to the ceiling with books. It`s one of those shops which probably sell each book just once. There also were a couple of cats strolling about. I would have loved to stay and browse a bit, but unfortunately, all books were in Hebrew and Arabic.

 

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The old town again. I had avoided it for the last few days, but on my last couple of days, I went back for some serious shopping (and to snap some last few pictures).

 

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I could do a whole blog on graffiti, but here`s just my favourite one – do you see the beautiful woman in the middle section of this Mosque?

 

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This is an Arabic sweet made of cheese, some kind of crumb, saffron, (lots of!!) syrup and pistaccios. I have a very sweet tooth, but here, I had to admit defeat after a couple of forkfuls. I`m sure I would have died happy, but my pancreas was begging for its life.

 

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Next, we went to this coffee shop and bought coffee ground in front of us together with cardamom pods, and then we went to my lovely host`s dad (who lived just round the corner), where I learnt how to brew a real Arabic coffee: you bring water to the boil, spoon the coffee and plenty sugar into the bottom of a cup, pour the water over it, stir and wait until the powder settles – ready. It was so good, we went back and took some home to the UK. My husband especially loved it.

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This guy was living round the corner as well 🙂

 

And here`s some beautiful pictures of a sad occasion – my farewell dinner. We went to the same place where we started on my first day, at Hosh Al Jasmine in Bethlehem. This place is so perfect – the surroundings, the food, the company and the whole atmosphere… It was hard to believe that we were in such a troubled place…

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Yes, this is indeed in Palestine.

The day of my departure was already documented here. The most fascinating holiday in my whole life, and one I would not have had if it was not for some misunderstanding and me half jokingly asking on facebook what I should do with three weeks between jobs. I did not expect to be taking selfies at the Western Wall just a week later, and I cannot ever come near expressing how grateful I am to Bandora and her family for inviting and having me. It was exceptional, and I hope so much you will come to Scotland to see us next year! xx

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