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Another blog post from Mr. Deals…
Shalom from Jerusalem. So with the ceasefire between Gaza & Israel in place, Mrs. Deals and I were able to actually make it to Israel on those $400 tickets Mrs. Deals snagged a few months back. Up until last week we didn’t think we were actually going to make it!
I will say, this is one incredible place and I’m appreciating it a lot more than I did when I was about 15 years old and much more interested in the 75 or so girls that were on my same trip. Mrs. Deals and I both experienced Israel through a summer trip through our camp. It’s sad to say, but we both have had a hard time remembering certain areas that we visited. It’s great to be back though, as there is so much to love about this country.
I’ll start with the history. I mean there is over 4000 years of history alone in Jerusalem. Today we visited parts of the Old City of Jerusalem that dated back 1700 years, I mean the whole place couldn’t hold up for 4000 years given the number of wars that have hit this region. But 1700 years is crazy and the fact that you can still walk on some of the same stones is incredible.
We’ve spent a lot of time in the Old City, did a free walking tour, which was fantastic and brought us to each of the four quarters of the city. It was amazing to see the influence religion has on each area of the city. While they all have their differences, the fact that they are able to live so close to one another is incredible.
Mrs. Deals and I also visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. I would put that up there as a must do if you are ever to visit. You could probably spend a couple days there with the stories and information they have on hand.
Now, the one thing I do remember about Israel from my days as a 15 year old was how good the food was here. Fresh falafel everywhere and bread stands every 5 feet. By the end of this I may never want to eat falafel or bread ever again. But for now, I’m happy to eat as much as I can get my hands on.
We are only a day and a half in, so more to share. Tomorrow we will eat our way through the Shuk and then probably get lost on our way back to the Old City to cap off our visit to Jerusalem with the light show by the Western Wall. If anyone has any tips of where to get the best falafel, share in the comments!