Tower of David Light show

Tower of David Light Show

Last week we headed out on a Monday night to the Tower of David light show. The Tower of David is a tower inside the old city with a museum inside, and in the evening, a light show! It’s just newly been re-done, and it was fantastic. You walk through the tower (it’s open air), and find your seat, and then the show starts. 

A huge film is shown on the walls of the tower, and it is just fantastic! This film shows the history of Jerusalem and really highlights what a sort-after place it really is. 

I would definitely recommend the Tower of David light show. It’s taken us 3 trips to Israel to finally see it, and it is so worth it. :) You don’t need to worry about language either as there are hardly any words – just lots of watching. There is a pamphlet you are given at the start which explains all the different sections of the film.

This show is pretty kid friendly, though they may not enjoy sitting there watching it for ages. Lior did, but (thankfully) Eli fell asleep part way through! 

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Dear Diary – Half Way Through Our Israel Trip

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Dear Diary,

I can’t believe we are already half way through our Israel trip! It does not feel like we’ve been here for a month already! We are still really loving it here, even though things haven’t really gone how I thought they would.

The last two weeks Luke has been doing his course, and this has been harder on me then I anticipated, and much, much harder on the boys than I anticipated. This week I’ve had some days when they have both just told me over and over that I am not their friend, and that I should “go away”. I pull them close (because the only other option is to have a tantrum myself), and ask them what is wrong. They never know (Well, I mean Eli can’t talk much anyway, but Lior never knows…), so I give them some options, and when I ask them if they miss Daddy the answer is always yes. Lior made me write Luke a note that said “Daddy, never leave us again”. But that being said, most of our days are fine, and I surprise myself once again with my ability to do… everything, all at once from wakeup to bedtime.

At four weeks into our time here I am we are starting to run out of things to do. I had planned to join a mother’s group, make friends quickly and easily, and take the boys to a playgroup or music group, but all these things are harder than they are back home. Partly because I have to look for English speaking versions of all those things, and partly because I don’t know where to look! That being said, I have made some good headway, and hopefully we will get to at least one or two things before we leave! We go to the playground 5 or 6 days a week. Sometimes more than once a day. And we go to the shuk at least 4 times a week also. A chance to get out of the house, meet local people, and for my social butterfly kids to hang out with other people. This morning when I told Lior we were going to the playground he asked me “Will there be big boy friends there?” (as opposed to “friends” that are much older than him, or babies – friends the same age as him).

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We spent the first two weeks by ourselves, settling in, and exploring. What fun! It really does feel like we’re “living” in another country as opposed to just sight seeing and travelling like we were in Korea. Then the previous two weeks Luke did his course, and we had some guests stay with us. This was great for me to have some company (I’m sure the boys were super annoying, but they were very patient with them, as they have grown up children themselves!), and I really enjoyed suggesting things for them to do and eat. We did a food tour together, which was good. I feel a bit more confident walking through the shuk now (less questions like what is this?!), and I tend to buy from those people we stopped and talked too as I know they are friendly and speak English.

Speaking of English vs. Hebrew, my lessons are going very well! I can identify every letter of the Hebrew alephbet, and I know they sounds each letter makes. I can sound out nearly every word I see, but because I don’t know many/any Hebrew words it’s a bit hard to know if I’ve sounded it out correctly, and I don’t really know what it means.

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We have a few days to ourself now before another lady comes to stay with us for a few nights. Then a week later we are off to Istanbul for a few days, and the day after we get back my parents arrive for 2 weeks! We plan to do a lot of sight seeing with them, which will be great, and then it’s time to go home.

I need to get cracking on all my blog posts, but for the moment I have prioritised getting my Project Life under control, lest I have a HUGE amount of photos to scrapbook when I get home. I am not a huge fan of the app, but I am making it work for this particular purpose, and will write a review about it soon…life in jerusalem, israel

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem

The census is that you guys would like to see more of everyday life in Israel, so that’s what we’re going to share! There are two aspects to Shabbat in Jerusalem that I want to share – the first is how we are keeping (and loving!) Shabbat here, and the second is what it looks like outside our place, in the streets.

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At home there is always the temptation to be too busy on Shabbat, and to be less organised in the week, but here is it a necessity. Shabbat is widely celebrated and kept quite religiously in Jerusalem. The first and second times we experienced this it was inconvenient and hard to imagine, but this time it is exciting to see, and fills me with much joy! There is virtually nothing open here, and that is so… refreshing. 

Our shabbat routine is still very similar to at home, but with a few twists – things we can do here that we can’t do at home (like buy our challah and such cheap fresh flowers!).

Independence Park, Jerusalem

On Friday we make sure everything at home is clean, and ready for the weekend. Then we head out to the shuk to get some challah, treats, and anything we will need for dinner, or for eating over the weekend. Usually we grab some hommus from the supermarket, meat to cook for shabbat, pitas, and fruit. Then we grab some flowers, and return home for naps and lunch (if we didn’t sneakily buy some while we were in the shuk!). We generally have had a play in the morning at the playground to start the day off right!

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The boys have enjoyed picking out some flowers for me each Friday, or sometimes going with Luke to get them.

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During or after naps we start making dinner (very limited oven space, and even more limited amount of trays to use in it!), and the boys potter around. In the late afternoon we sing Shabbat songs, and the boys play. As evening comes we eat together, do our regular routine (baths, PJs, etc.), and go to bed. Luke and I have been lucky that we’ve been able to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine together once the boys are in bed!

Singing and dancing to Shabbat songs as we wait for the sun to set in Jerusalem

Shabbat Dinner

On Saturday, we don’t do much at all! We have breakfast, then hang around in our PJs. Luke and I take turns reading the Bible etc., and maybe taking the kids to the park. We just relax and enjoy each other’s company. I want to start doing more with Lior on Shabbat, but the last week or two he’s been watching Shalom Sesame. In the afternoon we might visit the Western Wall.

We wait for evening to come, do the havdalah, and then make and eat dinner. This ends up being pretty late, so it’s important that the boys have napped during the day, and that we eat something really simple for dinner (like eggs on toast – yum!).

Walking through Jerusalem on Shabbat

The lift in operation on Shabbat in jerusalem - all the buttons permanently pressed

The lift in operation on Shabbat in jerusalem – all the buttons permanently pressed

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Sunset in Jerusalem

// The Shabbat Contrast (a video)

I’ve tried to explain before in both written and verbal words the huge contrast between the working week in Jerusalem and shabbat, but I just can’t manage to do it justice. A video is getting a little closer, but still, you need to come here to really experience it properly!

This is filmed on a busy, touristy Jerusalem walking street, and I love that even in a touristy area everything is still closed for Shabbat. :)