Exploring ancient Akko

Trip Start Jan 03, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, January 30, 2006

After spending another night in Haifa I went by myself to Akko. The old center goes way back and consists of tiny little alley ways. I didn't have a map or anything so I decided to use the "whatever direction looks prettiest i'll go to" exploration method. I ended up standing in front of this house with an open door and decided to walk in. There were busy sounds from the kitchen in the background and some vague voices. I snapped a picture of the clothes hanging there, I don't know why, but I was fascinated by the fact that every human being in this world has to do his laundry... don't ask me why! :D

Akko is such an interesting town, lots of Arab people around in the center. Markets, mosques, citadels, tunnels, underground crusader cities that passed by on there crusades. Napoleon actually stranded in Akko in 1799 I believe. So many impressions in such a tiny little part of the town!

It's funny, sometimes I catch myself wondering. 'What am I doing here?'. You think about home, friends, family, lost loves and you aren't sure if you are doing the right thing. But in the end it's a mind-set, you choose to be somewhere and if you don't want to be there, you can always change it. You spend so much time with yourself, that you actually think about so many aspects of life. How you can life it, why you are doing the things you do. Sometimes I'd wish all these thoughts were recorded somewhere and I could go through them all again... maybe they are out there somewhere already :)

Templar's tunnel:

Exploring the Underground Crusader City:

On the way out the sun was setting on Akko. I'm experiencing so many sunsets nowadays, back in Amsterdam I can't even remember my last sunset! You just sit and stare at the colours :) I walked away and on the way out there was the muslim celibration of New Years in the streets. People dancing around, carrying a holy object that was passed around, it was a nice goodbye to the city. On to the next; Safat :)

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