Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tuesday - Jerusalem again

Today we had an early start again. We had a mini bus leaving from the hotel at 7 am towards Jerusalem.

Have you ever heard of Jerusalem syndrome? According to Wikipedia The Jerusalem syndrome is the name given to a group of mental phenomena involving the presence of either religiously themed obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychosis-like experiences, that are triggered by, or lead to, a visit to the city of Jerusalem. It is not endemic to one single religion or denomination, but has affected Jews and Christians of many different backgrounds.

I guess I am developing some symptoms :) Wiki has a big list of various effects and in type III the list days that one of them is: Declaration of the desire to split away from the group or the family and to tour Jerusalem alone. That is just what I am doing! This time I also bought myself some jewellery and that is very unlike me!

However I was not alone. Our guide was again Boaz. Then Chie, Amo, Hisa and I were the quests and from Conceptis we had Dave with his wife, Anna, Nir with his two children, Zohar Thawcho, the Conceptis artist who has done mover 100 000 pictures to Conceptis (unless my memory works wrong again) and Dave’s daughter with her boyfriend.

The first part of the tour was very much similar to what I saw last week but I did not mind. It was like in learning processes. The first time you learn about something, you just gat an expression about things. The second time you can get more details because the first time you were not able to swallow and chew everything.

At the end of the tour we also visited the archeological site, the caving which I saws last year but very much progress had happened since.

We visited Jerusalem the same day the bulldozer driver tried to attack people in Jerusalem. We were in the Old City and heard nothing about it. Gil called me and asked if we were OK, so I learned it very soon. I called my husband that if he sees news about that; he does not have to worry. Later it turned out that the phone call was totally in vain. The Finnish newspapers commented about the events in a few words in a left-out corner. That is how Israel is handled in the newspapers and the news. They write about the wars and people can’t even get an impression on how this country looks like.

BTW, at the same time an 18-year old stabbed a 14-year old girl to death. He had planned to do so for a long time. I admit that I am here much more comfortable than in Finland. Two years ago I would never have thought that this could happen.

Here are some new pictures from Jerusalem:

Mount Olive, listening to a lession


Mount Olive, a camel

having a break and listening to Boaz




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1 comment:

Frank said...

I called my husband that if he sees news about that; he does not have to worry. Later it turned out that the phone call was totally in vain. The Finnish newspapers commented about the events in a few words in a left-out corner. That is how Israel is handled in the newspapers and the news. They write about the wars and people can’t even get an impression on how this country looks like.