Day 11: Angels and Demons
Trip Start May 19, 2009
30Trip End Jun 16, 2009
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So we decided to make Friday (Shavuot) an "off day," that is, sleep in, relax, catch up on email, write blogs, and in Kevin's case, get some work done
In the evening, we thought it would be fun to see "Angels and Demons," which stars Ayelet Zurer (oh, and Tom Hanks), who is an Israeli actress we know and like from an Israeli "Friends"-like TV series from the late '90s that we both enjoyed watching recently. We thought it might be interesting to see the reaction of an Israeli audience to one of their own in a big-budget movie. We decided to walk to the movie theatre, which turned out to be quite a distance. The streets were deserted--we could have walked down the center of the road, basically. Cats patrolled the roads. Finally, we reached the movie house, in a quiet mall, and got our tickets. Not too different from theaters back home, but the concessions were scantier, and the seats were assigned. As it turned out, there were only maybe a dozen people at the showing (we moved from our assigned seats closer to the front)
After the movie, it was no longer Shavuot, but it was now Shabbat. We were lucky to find a cab just then, and we took it to the pedestrian mall in the heart of the city in the hope of finding some open restaurants. It was also deserted and quiet. We did find a bar/performance space on a quiet side street that we had read about, which was kind of busy but didn't serve food. After some wandering, we happened on Rivlin St., which was downright hopping. Half a dozen restaurants and dance bars burst with activity, music blaring, and many dozens of young people eating, drinking, and smoking hookas outdoors. So this is where the action is in the Jewish part of Jerusalem on Sabbath. We had our late-night hamburgers (a little spicy is the standard here) and beers (Kevin's gotten to like one of the local brands) and called it a night.