Since Rosh Hashanah life got pretty hectic. I believe that is the opposite of what they are going for in Jerusalem.
We started out the holiday season with some sightseeing.
We went to the Old City and visited the Tower of David which is an ancient citadel.
Most of it was destroyed during the time of the Christian Crusades but what is left of it has been turned into a museum explaining the history of Jerusalem.
There are also beautiful views from the city up above.
We had planned on the next day taking a tour of the Mt. of Olives but thought we would see if we could do it then. It was still early.
A tour was going to start in a little more than an hour but there was a catch! A lot of the tours have dress codes. Dress codes for women. We found a guy selling tickets for the tour and Jeff asked if we would be able to go into all the buildings dressed as we were. The tour guide looked at Jeff and said “Oh yea you are wearing shorts just like me. You will be fine!” Jeff asked, “What about her?” Then the tour guide took a look at me in my shorts and said, “Oh no, she will need to cover her legs.”
This is not my first trip to Jerusalem. My first time there I had been chased out of a church and had clothes thrown at me next to the Western Wall for showing too much leg. I suggested to Jeff that we go back to the Western Wall and see if they would throw more clothes at me.
We approached the Western Wall and sure enough a woman came towards me and gave me a wrap around skirt. She told me to keep it on and began to make threats that if I tried to take it off security would take me away and hold me somewhere. She didn't seem to realize that I was happy to take this from her.
While we were there we decided to actually visit the wall. I went to the women's section, touched the wall and had a moment of silence.
I did not have a photographer to capture this moment like Ivanka Trump did so I tried to sneak a picture myself. I have a "skirt" string dragging on the ground and only one foot is visible. This photo will not win any awards.
For our tour of the Mt. of Olives we took a cab to the top and then we walked down stopping at different sites along the way.
The first stop at the very top was The Chapel of the Ascension. The chapel was built around the spot that is believed to be where Jesus ascended into heaven.
They said that this is his footprint!
Another stop along the way was a Jewish cemetery.
It is believed that when the messiah returns he will come to this spot and then enter the Old City of Jerusalem. For this reason Jews from all over the world pay big money to be buried here.
Another stop was The Church of All Nations also known as The Church of the Agony.
It is located in the Garden of Gethsemane and inside the church is a rock that is believed to be the rock that Jesus prayed to God from before his arrest.
It has beautiful mosaics inside!
And 2,000 year old olive trees outside.
The last stop was The Tomb of the Virgin Mary. I learned that some branches of Christianity believe that Mary also resurrected 3 days after her death and will return to earth when Jesus comes.
After our day of trekking all over Jerusalem we came home exhausted and went to bed early. We ended up sleeping 12 hours. Jeff wasn't feeling well and I just needed sleep. All the shofars blowing at early hours of the morning probably had something to do with it.
That night we went to celebrate Rosh Hashanah at Abe and Agata’s apartment. On the way there Jeff told me he wanted to go back home.
The next day he couldn't stay off the toilet. He couldn't breathe in the apartment. We ended up going to a clinic but they weren't able to do any tests. They gave his some IV fluids and an antibiotic. When we got back from the clinic Jeff got our tickets changed.
The days we had left in Jerusalem were quiet and boring. We mostly just packed and ran some errands.
And finally the day of our departure came. We took a shared taxi to the airport that lit up neon blue lights every time somebody was picked up! At least we had an uneventful flight on the way back.
We had rented another airbnb for a week in NYC and then planned on heading to D.C. for a couple months. But life is not that easy. Jeff went in the apartment with the first bag. I waited on the curb with the other five! Jeff was in the apartment for a while and wasn't coming out. I thought this cannot be good. He comes out shaking his head no. He then shows me pics of the bedroom wall covered with mold.
We end up renting a hotel for two nights.
At the hotel Jeff complained that the hotel smelled “too clean”! I told him “this is a messed up version of Goldilocks.” Will we ever find something just right?
Jeff is a little hesitant to use airbnb for our trip to D.C. so he made arrangements for us to stay at Uncle Larry’s house in New Jersey while we figure stuff out. That is currently what we are doing now. Uncle Larry and Big Red came and got us yesterday.
That's all for now. Thanks for reading!