The photo above is of Jasmine skipping down the narrow passage ways of the Old City on our way to mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as the sun rose above Jerusalem this morning. Easter is my favorite religious holiday. I find it beautiful that Christians all over the world are today celebrating… Read More Happy Easter from Jerusalem
Over the weekend, I woke up early and dragged our family out to Bethlehem. Like Ein Karem last week, it’s a quick inexpensive excursion that didn’t require a lot of advance planning. It was more of an adventure than expected—both Google and Apple Maps failed us completely. No route available to get from our house to… Read More Our first trip to the West Bank — Biblical Bethlehem
Saturday afternoon, we’d finished puttering around the house, and didn’t really want to waste a beautiful afternoon indoors. It was also late enough that we knew the kids wouldn’t last long, and we didn’t want to commit to a long expensive excursion if a breakdown were eminent. With small children, it’s easy to get caught… Read More Ein Karem – a Tiny Oasis in West Jerusalem
Friends of ours invited us to join them on a trip to the Negev to see Israeli’s national flower, the anemone bloom. The flowers bloom only for a few short weeks after the rainy season, before disappearing until the next year. After over a month cooped up in Jerusalem, we were happy to get out… Read More Darom Adom Southern Anemone festival in southern Israel – Watching the Desert Bloom
One of the best kids’ activities in Jerusalem is the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, and I was tired of my coworkers’ surprise when I told them, “No, we haven’t been to the zoo yet.” So on Sunday morning, we got up, picked up the house, packed a lunch, and dragged the kids to Jerusalem’s zoo. It was… Read More Sondjos at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
We finally had a spare moment to be tourists in Jerusalem, and we took advantage of the free afternoon by visiting the Mahane Yehuda market in downtown Jerusalem. We spent the afternoon shepherding our kids (the only kids at the market who weren’t in strollers) between vendors and trying to keep other shoppers from tripping… Read More The Shuk in Jerusalem – Mahane Yehuda with Kids
GSO and Facilities actually solve problems. Seriously. I wish I’d been able to get landlords to respond as quickly in Freetown as GSO seems to be able to here. And Motorpool! Always on time! OK, mostly on time. Great great great customer service. It may be helped by the fact that my husband keeps offering… Read More 5 Things I’m Loving about Jerusalem after 2 weeks
Plane trips were awesome. Jasmine is slowly inheriting my love of books and reading. Also, a huge shout out to the amazing recommendation we got from some FS friends to buy her Sammy’s Next Move, by Helen Muffini. She loved it, and was able to draw all sorts of great parallels between Sammy the Snail’s moves… Read More We made it to Jerusalem! Here’s a photo dump of our adventures!