Monday, July 31, 2006

Israel Day 7

Day 7 was a bit easier on my stomach than was day 6, thank the Lord. We bummed around in the morning (AKA slept in) and then went to Cafe Rimon for lunch, which is actually quite affordable during the lunch hours. You know, the whole not eating meat during the 9 days (read: not eating Burger's Bar) is really getting old. Oh yeah, I look nauseating with this beard, too. Anyway, I got this spaghetti platter for lunch and specifically asked for it without cheese. When I received it the sauce looked too light to be cheeseless, and I started freaking out that I was going to die from eating cheese. It turns out there actually was no cheese in the pasta, and that my brain was only perceiving it as such.

After a quick dinner consisting of leftovers from lunch, we decided we'd trek out to Mini Israel. While the trip, overall, was well worth it, I did experience my first encounter with a failure in the public transportation system in Israel. In general, the system is great and you can get anywhere you need to go. However, upon being dropped off at the bus stop that we were told to get off at, we were dismayed to find out that we needed to walk a mile down the highway with no sidewalks (see picture). That may not seem like a long walk (as per the picture), but it was, and was actually a bit scary on the walk back, when it was dark. Anyway, Mini Israel itself is very thorough and well done, but I will say that it would be more interesting with children. It was interesting to me how many Chiloni children were asking their parents "Ima, Mah Zeh?", in reference to the Kotel. I had a conversation with a little girl who merely noted that it was a Beit Knesset and she admitted that she had never heard of the Kotel or ever been there. Interesting.

Thanks for the comments - we're heading to the Biblical Zoo and Israel Museum today.

(The closest I've been to the Temple Mount)

Sha'ar Shchem - see the knocked over man on the inside - maybe it was a Jew that went in and the Arabs killed?


Anonymous BubbyT said...

don't go to Mini Israel with kids on the first day of your we did 2 years ago...big waste if they don't know what they are looking at!! stupid HOT mistake!! BubbyT
ps glad you and Mrs. Laz are enjoying yourselves.

6:57 AM, August 01, 2006

Anonymous Greg said...

The army actually organizes trips to Yerushalayim for new recruits, so that they can see the Kotel, see what they are fighting's strange to think that some would live their whole lives in Israel and not know about it...but that's the case.

3:45 PM, August 01, 2006


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