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Backpackers moments # 6


We arrived after dark at our backpackers hostel in Jerusalem. It must have been around 17:00. The entrance is the orange/red door to the left - half hidden among an endless row of shops. This is in the middle of one of the Palestinian parts of the city of Jerusalem. Various parts of the city is dominated by one of the main groups; Israeli's or Palestinians. These groupings are further divided and may mean further divisioning of parts of the city. E.g. an Israeli area may be dominated by either Jews, non-religious Israeli's, Christians, Ethiopian Jews - or such a group. In a similar way, a Palestinian area may be dominated by Muslims, non-religious Palestinians, Christians, Syrians, etc.


The shops in this area seemed to be doing good, as stocking was an ongoing process. I often wondered whether anybody ever went to the trouble of entering new stock into the books. This shop, where you can see the people standing around, inside, is a fresh fish butchery - to the right and out of the picture is a meat butchery.


Even where pictures of the outside, makes the backpackers look dodgy, it was very clean. This recreation area provides a great view (behind me, as I took the picture) and one doesn't have to drag chairs to the parking area, like in Tiberias.


rec area


This next picture shows what the street in front of the backpackers looks like one early morning. Interesting 3-wheel carts that they use. Here you can see that delivery of new stock (truck to the right) has already started.


street side


Have a great weekend.


comments (15)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 29 Jan 2016, 00:18
Thank you, Louis...this is very interesting stuff, to me.
Louis: Thanks Ray, the comings and goings of people can interest me, as well.
It does look very busy! I'm glad you found the accommodations clean, and acceptable - because, yes - they can look a bit dodgy!
Louis: When I pay for it, I like it to be clean, at least.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Jan 2016, 04:44
A total different life I assume. As long a place is clean, it does not matter how it looks..
Louis: It is a very different life. The word 'bazaar' comes to mind in this place, Astrid.
this was quite an eye opening journey for you Louis... i just wish that i could walk that far with you....petersmile
Louis: In many ways, it was eye opening, yes, peter.
Quite interesting Louis! It reminds me of some places in Tunisia.
Louis: I can think that there will be similarities, Richard.
I'm really getting my education here, Louis, looking and reading. We need this kind up up-close-and-personal account from those like you whom we know and trust.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie and special thanks for the trust.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Jan 2016, 07:23
You have certainly brought out the character of the place in these pictures Louis
Louis: Thank you Chris, if you think so, then the posting has passed muster.
I do hope the street is cleaned up around the food carts. If not, rodents will be among the customers. You have a good weekend too.
Louis: Rodents? They may be about, but I have seen no sign of them. To tell the truth, I have seen one cockroach in Israel and when we were at the Jordan river, there were some flies. That is my total experience of pests in that country.
I saw no street cleaning in this area, so my guess is that the shop owners clean up, otherwise it would have looked a lot worse.
Sad that it is a land of such divisions Louis.
Louis: It is sad indeed, gutteridge. A testimony of human nature.
this is a fine collection of images, Louis. i find the machinery of a city or any place for that matter, very interesting. a lot of things happen silently and behind the scenes and people take things to happen somehow, for granted.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. The processes involved in doing something, always keeps my mind going.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 29 Jan 2016, 14:20
I had no idea that the areas were so complicated, Louis
Louis: Israel is a cosmopolitan of religions, including non-religions. It is also stooped in history of thousands of years and many of these peoples have their roots back there, somewhere. It is not a land of simplicity, neither will an eventual solution be simple.
This is all so interesting Louis, so much more informative than documentaries one sees on television.
Louis: Thank you Brian, your appreciation is valued.
Louis: Very much so, Tom
A real flavour of the life of the place Louis
Louis: Talking about flavours ... what a place, Bill.
Busy night...
Louis: Very much so, Larry.

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