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... Alas not. Then it was across to the bakery, where we bought 5 dinner roll size buns in a long roll shape - NZ$0.50. And on we went, down to Two Jars, where I bought a small pottle of Mutabal (eggplant dip), and one of hummus, then we had two falafel sandwiches (wraps) for lunch.
I watched the machine making the falafel. It was like a patty pan try formed into a circle, with a scraper, which scraped the excess off when they had filled from the bowl ...
... in Nazi Germany to segregate and discriminate against the Jews. In this part of the world, religion is everything…it is used as a marker…a definer…and as a weapon. But not everyone here has the same level of weaponry…that too, is determined by your religion, ethnicity and race. I must say I never once felt in danger, as many family and friends feared I would be. The general impression here in the U.S. is of unruly Arabs ...
... I am willing to bet that the number of people who can say it snowed during their bat-mitzvah at the Kotel is countable on 1 hand.
Afterwards, most of the nearby shops were still closed. I think a lot of people decided that opening late for an early close was not worth it and just stayed closed all day. I ate at the one falafel place that was open, and it was the best falafel I've ever had, probably mostly because I was so hungry from the hike through ...
... and shoving in all directions.
There were lots of tastings at each store and we purchased some sweets
for the kids.
Drew on a photo shoot at the Open Market in Jerusalem
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From the market we headed to the Western Wall, better known in the ...
... a truly unique phenomena! The water was so incredibly salty, and surprisingly oily, and definitely didn't taste good ;-) Fortunately, I didn't have any open wounds, other than my nose being raw from tissues, so nothing burned to badly. The Dead Sea is 425 meters below sea level and the water level is dropping at an average of about one meter per year - yikes! The buoyancy that is achieved in this sea is unreal, it felt, as I imagine, floating ...