Day 18: Subway and Sfeeha
Trip Start May 19, 2009
30Trip End Jun 16, 2009
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We descended the hill some more, through Arab residential neighborhoods, down long flights of stairs, past schoolkids at play, laundry hanging out windows, and satellite dishes and water tanks
We decided to take the "subway" back up the hill. It's described as the Middle East's only (or at least first) subway, but it's basically an underground funicular, running in a nearly straight line past its six stops. The cars seats and door entries are level, but the rest of the cars are diagonal, so there are stairs running through them as you walk from one end to another. Anyway, up we went, getting out at the end of the line, not far from our hotel. We agreed to skip our drive to neighboring Akko (Acre), in favor of taking the afternoon off and relaxing. On the short walk back, I happened to notice an Israeli music store I had heard good things about, and luckily it was open for another two hours, til 3:00 (closing early on Friday before Shabbat begins at sundown is quite common). I used the full two hours to poke around, listen to CDs, and make my purchases, while Kevin went on to the hotel. Eventually, I caught up and sat in the lobby with him and our laptops (thus the three blog entries on Friday).
At dusk, we took a walk down to the local Cinematheque to see what was playing
Deciding against staying up til midnight when a certain club was supposed to have a gay night, we drove around the hill instead hoping to find this supposed gay-friendly cafe. The GPS got us to the address, on a narrow residential street, but the place was not to be found, and the phone was not in service. Oh well. Back to the hotel, and flipping through the many channels (Hebrew, but also Arabic, Russian, German, French, and Hungarian), settling on "90210" (the new series), for a change sparing Kevin the incomprehensible Hebrew stuff I've been watching.