Hannah and Je together

Friday, 6 May 2016

Chicago Downtown

We went to Chicago downtown, and because it is downtown, I used uber instead of driving and parking there.  I reserved the uber and for some reason the pick-up location was set like four blocks away from my home.  I could not change the pick-up location, so I called the driver to come to my location.  Then the driver just cancelled my reservation, and uber charged $5 for the cancellation which I did not but the driver did.  I had to make another reservation, and this time, I made sure about the pick-up location.  It was still wrong place and I changed it manually.  Bad Uber experience.

오늘은 시카고 다운타운에 갔는데, 다운타운이기 때문에 운전해서 주차하기 보다는 우버를 이용했다.  우버를 예약했는데, 어떤 이유에선지 탑승 위치가 집에서 네 블럭이나 떨어진 곳으로 잡혔다.  그래서 운전자에게 연락해서 우리 집에 와 달라고 부탁했는데, 알았다고 하더니 그냥 예약을 취소해 버렸고, 우버는 취소 비용을 5불 가져갔다.  내가 취소한 것도 아닌데.  나쁜 우버.  그래서 예약을 다시 했는데, 이번에도 탑승 위치가 엉뚱한 곳으로 되어 있어서 수동으로 바꿨다.

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We went to Willis Tower’s Sky Deck which is the highest place in Chicago.  That glass platform is very scary.  My brain knows that it should be safe but my body was trembling.  Interestingly my mother and Aunt looked OK.

먼저 윌리스타워의 스카이 데크라는 관망대에 갔는데, 시카고에서 가장 높은 곳이다.  유리 플랫폼은 머리로는 안전한 걸 알지만, 몸은 부들부들 떨게 되었다.  그런데 어머니랑 이모님은 괜찮으신 듯 했다.

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Then we went to the Harold Washington Library.  They were amazed at the size and the quality of the library.  They liked the fact that the library has rooms for music practice which are equipped with Pianos.

그 후에는 해롤드 워싱턴 도서관에 갔다.  규모의 웅장함과 도서관의 품질이 대단했다.  특히 피아노가 갖춰진 음악 연습실이 인상적이었다.

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We walked through the Magnificent Miles of Michigan Avenue, and the lion was in front of the Art Institute.

웅장한 거리라는 미시간 길을 걸어다녔는데, 위 사진은 미술관 앞이다.

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This is one of the MUST-GO places at Chicago, the Millennium Park.  The big tower of the water fall has face pictures on the other side and it spits water sometimes.

여기는 시카고에서 반드시 가야 하는 곳 중 하나로 밀레니엄 공원이다.  물이 떨어지는 저 건물은 뒷쪽에 사람 얼굴이 있는데, 가끔씩 물을 뱉는다.

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This is the BEAN or the Cloud Gate.  We cannot see the entire shape of it, but it is very cool art.

여기는 빈 또는 구름 문이라고 불리는 것으로, 위 사진으로는 전체 형상을 볼 순 없지만, 매우 쿨한 예술품이다.

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Then we went to Wildberry next to the Aon Centre.  When I tried there last time (it was Saturday), I was informed that I had to wait two and half hours, but this time, we waited just ten minutes.  That was pretty awesome – the good thing of weekday tour, not weekend.  Even at the Sky Deck, we did not wait at all which is not the case for the weekend tour.

그 후에는 에이온 센터 옆에 있는 와일드베리에 가서 점심을 했다.  지난 번에 시도했을 때는 (토요일이었다) 두시간 반을 기다려야 한다고 했는데, 이번에는 그냥 10분 정도 기다렸다.  이게 바로 주말이 아닌 주중 여행의 장점이 아닌가 싶다.  아침의 스카이 데크에서도 전혀 기다리지 않았는데, 주말에는 사람들이 미어터진다.

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Then we went to the Chicago Cultural Centre which used to be the library before the Harold Washington Library.  The building is very cool and they always change their exhibition.

그 후에는 시카고 문화 센터에 갔는데, 해롤드 워싱턴 도서관이 생기기 전에는 이 곳이 도서관이었다.  이 건물도 매우 멋지지만 전시가 늘 바뀌기 때문에 종종 가기 참 좋다.

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Next and final destination at Chicago downtown was the Meggie Daley Playground.  It is one of the best playground for kids and it is free.  This is MUST-GO place if you are with kids.  My sister and aunt rode one of the slides.

다음 그리고 시카고 다운타운에서 마지막 목적지는 메기 데일리 놀이터였다.  이 곳은 정말 좋은 놀이터인데 공짜다.  아이가 있다면 반드시 가야 할 곳이다.  누나와 이모는 미끄럼틀도 하나 타보셨다.

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We came back home by bus.  We were in line and when the bus came, a lady in her late 30s cut in front of me and separated me from my family.  I told her that I had to pay for them as well and she replied, “That’s FINE!!!”  I don’t understand what was fine.  I don’t understand why she was annoyed when she cut in.  After three of my family got on the bus, I yelled at the driver that I would pay for them as well.

집에는 버스 타고 왔는데, 줄을 서 있었다.  버스가 오니까 어떤 30대 후반의 흑인 아줌마가 내 앞에 껴들어서 우리 식구들과 내 사이에 새치기를 했다.  그래서 그 아줌마에게 우리 식구들 버스비를 내가 내야 한다니까 “아 쫌 괜찮아!!!”라고 대답을 했다.  도대체 뭐가 괜찮다는 건지.  왜 지가 새치기 하고 지가 화를 내는 건지 모르겠다.  어머니랑 모두 탄 뒤에 버스 운전자에게 그 사람들 버스비를 내가 낼 거라고 외쳤다.

We rested about 45 minutes and we drove to school to join the Year-End celebration.  My family met many of my friends and professors there.

약 45분 정도 쉰 뒤에 학년말 축하 파티에 참석하기 위해서 학교에 운전해 갔다.  어머니가 내 친구들이랑 교수님들을 여럿 만났다.

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And at night, Hannah put some manicure on my mother’s and aunt’s finger nails.  My mother’s colour does not really show the difference.  Maybe she can try real colour next time.

밤에는 한나가 어머니랑 이모 손톱에 매니큐어를 발라드렸다.  어머니 손톱은 별 차이가 안 보이는데, 다음에는 진짜 예쁜 색을 써 봐야겠다.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Eighth Day – Valleys of Jerusalem

Western Wall

Western Wall

Early in the morning (7am) I went to the Western Wall, the only remained part of the second temple where all the faithful Jews pray.  So many people were praying there.  Suddenly I was curious what all these people are praying for?  Are they praying for the death of their enemies?  Are they praying for the peace and reconciliation?

Kidron Valley

Kidron Valley

Then I went down to the Kidron Valley, which is also called as King’s valley.  Because there are many famous tombs.

Absalom's tomb

Absalom’s tomb

This is Absalom’s tomb, but the explanation says it has nothing to do with Absalom.  It was built 1,000 years after Absalom.  But when I read his name in Hebrew, it looks like “Father of Peace.”

Zechariah's tomb

Zechariah’s tomb

The Zechariah’s tomb was near the Absalom’s tomb, but I did not know this is the one.  So I was keep looking for it, using Google Maps and the GPS on my cell phone.

Gethsemane Church

Gethsemane Church

Gethsemane Church was just above the Kidron valley, the other side of Jerusalem Old City wall.  This is also the Mount of Olives.  If you know the geography there, you would know that the Mount of Olives is in the between the Temple and the Judean wilderness.  If Jesus wanted, He could have run away into the wilderness, which is unsearchable.  This means that Jesus willingly gave His life up.

Mary's Tomb Church

Mary’s Tomb Church

Mary’s tomb church is next to the Gethsemane church.  I do not know if this is genuine or not.  The church goes underground a lot.

Torah books in Jewish Cemetery

Torah books in Jewish Cemetery

As I wrote above, I was still looking for the Zechariah’s tomb using the GPS, and the GPS and Google Maps led me into the Jewish cemetery.  I did not doubt anything because Zechariah is a Jew.  One weird thing is that there are a lot of books of Torah in one entrance of the Jewish cemetery.

Women in Cemetery

Women in Cemetery

One of the entrances of the Jewish cemetery has this sign, meaning “Women.”  I do not know whether it is the Women’s entrance or the women’s burial section.  Why Orthodox Judaism and Islam discriminates women that much?  Well, Christian was the same and some Christian denominations are still the same, so what can I say against them?

Tomb of the sons of Hezir

Tomb of the sons of Hezir

The Google Maps led me into the middle of the cemetery, but there was nothing around but hundreds of normal modern tombs.  Then I gave up searching, and just decided to explore the Kidron valley more.  While I was walking, I saw a sign with the name of Zechariah’s tomb and its picture.  That was the one I saw in the beginning.  And the location is very different from Google Maps.  Near the Zechariah’s tomb, there was Tomb of the sons of Hezir.  I do not know who is Hezir, but it looks like his sons died before him.

Jehoshaphat's cave

Jehoshaphat’s cave

Then Next to the Absalom’s tomb, there was Jehoshaphat’s cave.  I wanted to explore in there, but it was blocked.  So I finished exploring the Kidron Valley

Old City streets on Palestinian shops

Old City streets on Palestinian shops

Then I walked back to hotel through the Jewish quarter (Jewish shops) and also Christian quarter (Palestinian shops).  As I wrote the other day, even when there is not many people, the two streets look different even the amount of sunlight too.  There are many reasons, but one of them is that Palestinians put the tents above their shop so that they put out their merchants on the streets which makes the street narrower while Jews keep their merchants only inside their shops consequently they do not need the tents and the road is wider.

Hinnom Valley

Hinnom Valley

I rested a little in the hotel, and went out to the other direction for the Hinnom Valley which comes out many times in the Bible.  Kidron Valley is east of the Temple (and city of David), while the Hinnom Valley is south side of the City of David.  This is where the ancient Israelites burnt their sons as the sacrifice to the other gods.  Hinnom Valley is very steep.

Hinnom and Kidron Valley Together

Hinnom and Kidron Valley Together

This is where the two famous valleys meet, south-eastern side of the Old City.

Music Centre on Hinnom Valley

Music Centre on Hinnom Valley

Unlike the bad fame of the Hinnom Valley, this is renovated as cultural centres and parks these days.

National Park on Hinnom Valley

National Park on Hinnom Valley

This is national park at the place of Hinnom Valley, and some people and kids were playing a game, which we have the same game in Korea.  It is nice to see that people are playing with the kids instead of burning them for gods.

National Park on Hinnom Valley

National Park on Hinnom Valley

The object in the centre of the picture, I thought we have similar thing in Chicago millennium park – the bean.  But when I went there, it was actually a metal globe.

Music in Mamilla

Music in Mamilla

Mamilla is next to the park, so I went there and found these young kids playing music.  And I went to a pharmacy to buy sunscreen.  My wife gave me SPF 70 sunscreen, so I wanted to buy the same one. But on the shelves, there were only SPF 30 and 50.  I asked a girl working at the sunscreen corner, she told me to ask the pharmacist.  So I asked the pharmacist, and she said that 50 is the highest.  So I took one, and on the way to the counter, I found SPF 70 sunscreen on the other aisle.

Mamilla Street

Mamilla Street

Walking on Mamilla street, I felt like I am in Chicago or other cities in America.  Then I thought king Herod built Caesarea and other romanised cities so that the romans feel like they are in Rome (or somewhere in Italy) to ease their home sick.  I do not have a home sick because I am here for tour, but the ancient Romans would have had bad one.

Kosher McDonald's

Kosher McDonald’s

Then I walked to the New City of Jerusalem through Jaffa street, King George street, Ben Yehuda street and so on.  And I found Kosher McDonald’s.  There are lots of Coffiz where you can get many kinds of drinks in 5 shekels, which is very cheap!

Bikes in City Hall

Bikes in City Hall

I also went to the City Hall of Jerusalem, and found these funny bikes.  These bikes do not move but operate something.  First one would operate the fan, the second one shows the speed, and the other one makes sounds.

Multi Effect Cinema

Multi Effect Cinema

I spent quite a time in the New City, then I went back all the way to the Jewish quarter.  There was a small cinema named “Multi Effect Cinema” playing “The story of Jerusalem.”  As the conclusion, it was waste of money, but I think it is worth trying once, not twice, because I found what this actually is.  They have wind, smoke, and 3D glasses.  But the chair moves too much unnecessarily which cause a little bit of sickness.

Empty Mamilla

Empty Mamilla

I had an appointment with George Filmon, the local tour guide for McCormick January tour.  We were supposed to meet at the Aroma in Mamilla.  When I went there, there was no one because it is Friday evening when the Shabbat begins, and all the stores are owned and operated by Jews.  It feels weird that the street is empty.  I could have lied with the picture above that all the people fled by the siren. 🙂

George and the Bible

George and the Bible, and me

George and I used to correspond through facebook, but before I left Chicago, I found that his facebook account was deactivated.  There was no way for me to contact him.  So when I came to Jerusalem, I called the tour company which the McCormick group used and asked his phone number.  And he answered.  So we made an appointment.  George and I went to Beit Sahour where Mara stays and studies, near Bethlehem.  Mara is doing well.  And I handed the CEB bible which Ted and Paula wanted me to deliver.

Moon over Jaffa Wall

Moon over Jaffa Wall

George gave me ride back to Jerusalem, and the temperature in Jerusalem at night is so nice.  This is actually nicest time of the day in Jerusalem.  And the moon was so bright and beautiful.

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