Long story short full of details I really can't mention, we found out yesterday that we needed to leave ASAP - that very afternoon implied! Now, I'm all for spontaneity, but I do relish a bit of planning and wasn't really up for border jumping on that particular rainy afternoon - especially having been at the museum taking pictures since 7 a.m. Things calmed a bit and we are still here, but are working to determine the most efficient, economical, QUICK plans possible. More on that to come.
In the meantime, I had my fill of navigating travel logistics today and begged Geoff to venture downtown for the "Sounds of the Old City" music fest going on in Jerusalem from March 18-21st. If you're reading this blog and live near Jerusalem - go enjoy it!
It was "by far the coolest thing I have ever done in this city." (Name that movie.)
This music festival highlights the music of the cultures in the Old City. There are four Quarters in the Old City; the Christian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter, and Armenian (Christian) Quarter.
Bands were set up in a loop around the Old City and we had so much fun wandering these beautiful, old, windy streets, enjoying all kinds of musical talent. I'm pretty sure my favorite part was turning a corner and hearing a full on Hebrew version of "O Susanna!" Foot traffic got congested for that one as crowds stopped to enjoy the ironically beautiful version of this southern American classic - in the heart of Old City Jerusalem, of all places.
We had a fabulous evening; it really was the best time I've ever had in the old City. Though distinct cultures were represented through music, it was amazing to see so many people coming together to enjoy one another's music. This is a hard feat in this tense city, but music brings people together in amazing ways This was evidenced over and over again tonight as people of every religion and background enjoyed the "sounds of the Old City" together. People laughing, dancing, and smiling surrounded us from every religious/cultural expression - beauty at its finest.
For picture lovers, here's a slide show of our well spent evening out: