The other day, catdownunder wrote in a comment:
…if you want to know what to write about then you can always tell the rest of us more about life in Israel because, to us, it seems foreign and exotic and most of us also need to know more about it because we mostly get a very lopsided view in the news. Please?
OK Cat, I’ll try. But most of it seems very ordinary and maybe that’s what’s special here. Because the countries all around us do seem foreign and exotic – not necessarily in a good way.
Since then I’ve been wondering what I can write. Then I saw this post, and… well, you’d better read it first. It’s not long. I can wait.
And that’s the thing. It wouldn’t even have occurred to me to photograph or remark on that non-incident because it’s so ordinary. Is that the sort of thing you want to read about on here, Cat? Is it the sort of thing anyone wants to read about?
3 replies on “About life in Israel”
As odd as it may sound, I understand Cat’s recommendation and second it. The post you referenced is more real life. We get news items that are, well, more about sensationalizing and less about journalism. It would be nice to see everyday Isreal as everyday people see it.
Please check out http://www.rjstreets.com The Real Jerusalem Streets has been posting photos every week of what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, and it usually is NOT what you see in the main stream media.
I think that sort of reality might make it easier for people to believe that ordinary life happens there. I know someone who, when doing his military service, used to pull out small pocket tricks and do them when things got a bit tense. His view was that distraction was better than dissent – and it worked.
You have really old places in Jerusalem – could we see some of them? They don’t have to be the tourist sites – the things you pass each day will seem different to us.