Sunday, February 26, 2017

Our Trip to Israel- Visiting Hebrew University

Sunday, February 26th

This morning, we caught the light rail to Mt. Scopus to visit Hebrew University, where Matt has been accepted to attend this Fall. The campus was about a 20 minute ride on the light rail from Nahalaot, the part of Jerusalem we are staying in this week.

The campus is full of hills and shaded walkways. And the view from the mountain is breathtaking!  First, we visited the Health & Recreation Complex, which was very nice. It has a great pool, which Matt is excited about. After that, we walked to the Rothburg International School's building (the English-speaking school where Matt will begin his graduate program here). We were able to speak with one of the secretaries and learned some helpful information about membership to the Health & Recreation Complex; she also gave us helpful information regarding scholarships. Tomorrow, we plan to visit the campus once more to visit the on-campus apartments and to discover the best bus route (the bus stops are closer to the campus than the light rail stop).

The entrance to the campus from French Hill neighborhood

After walking through the campus gate into the Student Village

I was so excited to see a playground in the student village!
We will probably be spending a lot of time here!

On of the discouraging things (for me) about the campus was the lack of English. Nearly everything was  only in Hebrew. In Jerusalem, most things are in English as well, but the further out of Jerusalem you go, the less English you will see. 

Before we left campus, we stopped in at one of their cafe's and enjoyed one of the most delicious hot chololates! The barista dropped a handful of chocolate pieces into the mug and topped them with warm, frothy milk. After letting it sit a few minutes, you stir the melted chocolate into the milk, and it is so yummy!

The trip to the university took most of the day, so it was late afternoon before we rode the light rail back to our part of town. On our walk home, we stopped in Mahane Yehuda and found the neatest sausage, wine, & cheese shop. After a little confusion about the word "champagne" and a good laugh about it (at first the shop owner thought we wanted to buy mushrooms), we walked out with some champagne, orange juice, butter, and a chain of sausage links. We will definitely be visiting this shop in the future!

A group of teenagers stopped us on the street, pointing at Matt and laughing and saying "Wow." They took a picture of us with some of them.

We also made some more purchases in the shuk- including olives, eggs, hummus, baba gnosh, & fresh cherry tomatoes- all of which we enjoyed for dinner later that night. Matt caught one of the vendors from ripping us off by counting the shekels after he gave us our change from our purchase. And when I paid for the olives, Matt commented, "I like the way you dropped that 'Slichah' (excuse me) to get his attention.'" I guess Hebrew is growing on me after all :)

After dinner, we walked into the Old City once more and worked and read while sitting in a cafe in Mamilla.

Beautiful palm trees on Jaffa St. 

Jaffa Gate at night

Information about free tours that we found interesting

Old City Walls, taken from the steps leading down to Mamilla shopping center

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