Finally, a normal day

Trip Start Jun 03, 2006
Trip End Jul 05, 2006

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Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Let me first complete the story from yesterday. I had mentioned that we lost Mohammed, an awesome guy from Al Quds, during the protest. This was because, as we were sprayed the second time, Erin got knocked off her feet. I had helped her up and noticed that her glasses were missing. It got hectic for a little bit as we looked for her glasses while a line of riot police were jogging toward us in a line. By the time that Bende showed up and found the glasses, we were separated from Mohammed.

I called him when I got home to make sure he made it back okay. That guy is tough. While everyone (including me) was jittery afterward, Mohammed was completely cool. He had also gotten sprayed also but was somewhat used to it. He just told me that, in Jerusalem, they use onions instead of lemons. While we were stuck in the building with the high school kids, he had actually gone back to look for us to make sure we were okay. He is a great guy.

After trying to read for a while, Bende, Mohammed, Erin, and I went out to find some food. We wandered the town for a while until we found a hole in the wall sandwhich shop. The sandwiches were great and the people were very nice. Luckily, two in our group speak some spanish.

Oh yes, the student protests is dubbed Revolution of the Penguins (Revolucion de Pinguin) after the high school uniforms that make them look like Penguins. Did I mention that they are protesting for more access to education for the poor and for a say in who administers the education? They are protesting education access when they have the same as us in America. We're just too chumpy to do anything about it, I guess. Ah well, we suck.

Here is a link to an article about the protests. Note the woman wearing the kufiya. We've seen a lot of people wearing them here. It makes sense, as they have become a symbol of resisting oppression.

Also, here are some pictures off BBC.

Today was much more relaxed. We went to school and had our classes. I am adjusting to the early classes and I'm really enjoying them. After class, they showed us the way to another metro stop, since the protests are not predictced to ease up and neither are the government's responses. I just headed back here, ate lunch (tuna melt!) and read/napped.

For dinner, I wandered on my own to an Empanadium close by. I was the only one there and the guy didn't really speak English hand I obviously don't speak Spanish. It ended up being great, though. The guy's name is Phillipe and we chatted for a while, sort of. He gave me a map and showed me where to drink. I taught him some English and he taught me some Spanish. It was a good time. The Empanadas were good, too.

I hope tomorrow is also somewhat uneventful.
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