ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM

ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
ISRAEL 2016 // JERUSALEM.
Jerusalem was more of a pilgrimage rather than a fine art photographic journey for me. I didn't really have a need to take pictures other than show proof that I was actually here! And it felt good to put the camera away for a bit and just look. And feel. Feel the overwhelming religious history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in one of the world's most oldest cities.

A little downtime from the adventure-filled Jordan trip was also on the agenda in Israel. Doing short stints of sightseeing and exploring per day def helped on that path to mental recuperation. And the fact that it was Passover, many places closed down really early anyway (or close down all together!) and went Kosher, so finding beer and bread was like a needle in a haystack. The same gameplan in Jordan was also followed in Jerusalem: wake up really early, travel to certain sights, spend time at sight, then scamper back to the hostel to wait out the hottest part of the day. This usually meant we made it back in time for free breakfast. This also meant we had an uber long stretch of hours to kill before evening time.

Which we productively took advantage of.

While Vince worked remotely away in his makeshift office in the lounge, I did things like napped and showered and caught up on photog projects from past travels. That alone was one of the main reasons why we stayed a week in Jerusalem. It bothered me to have all these photos queued up - at least 3,000 images! - and not enough time to research upcoming travel destinations! So it felt more like crunch time during those downtime opportunities.

With the gift of time came along the unexpected plethora of fellow travelers we've befriended. And honestly, my favorite part of our Jerusalem trip. I don't think I ever made this many friends at a hostel other than the time I lived in those residencias in Spain. It was refreshing, if not reminiscent of my college days or Spain days, to easily talk hours on end or even get into odd adventures with these fellow wanderlusters with no care in the world. Literally, no care - no 8-5 job, no errands, no appointments, no nothing.

This is why I love traveling. And this is one of the many reasons why I love this particular hostel. But Israel is a pricey place! As much as I want to stay here longer - Israel, you're taking all my money! It was time to move on to the next country!

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When: April 2016
Temp: 60-85F
Stay: The Post Hostel. (~$27 for 10 bed dorm, ~$30 for 8 bed dorm.)

Places we visited: Mechane Yehuda Market, Old City, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Temple Mount, Dome of Rock, West Jerusalem.


-jin-