What to do in Jerusalem

It was not easy to decide how we would spend our time in Jerusalem. We wanted to make the most of it. We planned, researched and this was the result of what we managed to do in 4 full days in this incredible holy city, which also served as a base for other tours to Jordan (Aman, Jerash and Petra), Bethlehem and Masada / Ein Gedi / Dead Sea. <3

Experiência israelense

Israeli experience

1st day:

The arrival in Jerusalem was quiet, after the initial feeling of discomfort at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. I say this, because I was approached by security agents as soon as I left the plane, and still in control of passport, for another so many minutes. My impression is this over-control was due to the fact that I arrived in Israel by myself. Do what!? Young women traveling alone are still seen in a “different” way in countries not as “closed” as Israel, so we can imagine …

Leaving the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, just to the right, I picked up a Sherut, which is like a small bus that you indicate where you want to stop. In my case, I signalized that I would go to Jerusalem and stay at The Post Hostel. And so it happened.

Sherut

Sherut

The first impact when arriving in Jerusalem was to see the sun reflect on those predominantly beige buildings, especially on the walled part of the city. Beautiful!

After I stayed at the hostel, I did not even feel like exploring the city. It was cold. Yes, Jerusalem in March, to my Northeastern brazilian standards, is a cold city.

So, I decided to go into the Middle Eastern cuisine and ate a shakshuka, in the hostel itself, which was delicious.

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

2nd day:

In Jerusalem, at some moment, there  will be necessity to contract a guide service. So I took advantage of the Free Walking Tour that left the Jaffa Gate, one of the best known in the city, to get an overview of the place.

Vista da cidade muralhada nas proximidades do Portão Jaffa

View of the city near the Jaffa Gate

It was a 2 hour tour, where we had the opportunity to pass through the Armenian, Jewish, Muslim and Christian districts. They are connected to each other. The differentiation among them will be noticed due to the constructions and the profile of people that you see walking the streets. Amazing!

Orthodox Jews on the Streets of Jerusalem

Orthodox Jews on the Streets of Jerusalem

In that same day, I took advantage of the fact that everyone was preparing for the Shabbat, a period of time guarded by the Jews, which basically begins at the sunset of Friday and finishs as far as the first 3 stars appear in the sky, around 7 pm, and hired a “Shabbat experience” to get to know more about Jewish culture. Absolutely interesting experience.

Em frente à placa do Muro das Lamentações

In front of the Western Wall sign

3rd day:

After a day and a half in Jerusalem, I began to adapt a bit more to the rhythm of the city. I do not know how to explain. Maybe that’s exactly what I heard from an expatriate in Jerusalem. She said there is so much “energy” together, referring to the religiosity of the people, that, eventually, certain things may not work normally, like the TRAM that stops because someone had a “crisis” inside some of the wagons. This I witnessed!

On the third day, I made the Via Dolorosa.

É no Lions' Gate que se inicia a Via Dolorosa

At Lions’ Gate begins the Via Dolorosa

On the evening, we went to meet the “Old train station”, set of bars and restaurants a little away from the walled city.

4th day:

We discovered “a must see view” of Jerusalem at the Austria Hostel, which is near one of the stations of Via Dolorosa. In order to have access to it, a value must be paid.

Vista a partir do Austria Hostel

View of Jerusalem from the Austria Hostel

Following, we went out to explore a little more the Holy City through a guided service. We visited again the Wailing Wall, the Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, the gates of Jerusalem, the Holy Supper room, etc …

Dentro da Igreja do Santo Sepulcro (emoção)

Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (speechless)

5th day:

Due to a change in schedule, we spent a little more time in Jerusalem, where we had to visit the Holocaust Museum called Yad Vashem. We spent a good few hours, circling through so many sad memories of stories and lives that have been changed forever by the unscrupulous power project of a few. The entrance to the museum is free and it is easily accessed by the TRAM that circulates around Jerusalem.

A única foto que consegui tirar no Museu do Holocausto (ainda fora)

The only photo I could get at the Holocaust Museum (still outside)

As hard as we tried, we could not see everything we wanted in this amazing city. Already aware of this, we did not get frustrated and took advantage of it as much as we could. If anyone asks me, yes, I would like to go back. Jerusalem is the place to be no matter the weather, the age or the reason. <3

6 thoughts on “What to do in Jerusalem

  1. Irani

    As suas narrativas são tão precisas, que se fecharmos os olhos, nos teletransportado.
    Estamos motivados e ansiosos veremos tudo,em breve…
    Bjs da mãe.

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  2. Alcino Nunes de Araújo

    Grande narrativa, muito próprio de você minha filha!!!
    Parabéns, por todo esforço e dedicação em transmitir tão belas, passagens.
    Seja feliz!!!!
    Fique com Deus, sempre!!!

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  3. Karen Kimie

    Ia dizer o mesmo que a tia Irani! Por suas palavras parece que estamos lá! Você é “incrivelmente incrível”! Uma das pessoas mais sensíveis que já conheci! Parabéns, amiga, por com tamanha maestria transmitir emoções por meio de simples palavras! Sou sua fã!

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