Hannah and Je together

Monday, 29 August 2016

Atlanta Day 1

[This trip was on May 2016 – 2016년 5월 여행기]

After Cocoa Beach, we headed to Atlanta, GA.  And before we went into the Super 8, we visited Margaret Mitchell House, the author of the famous “Gone With the Wind.”

코코 해변을 떠난 뒤에는 조지아 주에 있는 아틀란타에 갔다.  모텔인 슈퍼8에 들어가기 전에 유명한 “바람과 함께 사라지다”의 저자인 마가렛 미첼의 집에 들렀다.

 

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Some people may not remember her name, but her novel is so famous and translated into so many languages of course including Korean and Japanese.  And the movie is also very famous and popular, even I heard about it when I was very young in Korea.

작가의 이름은 잘 모르겠지만, 작품 자체는 너무나 유명해서 한국어와 일본어를 포함해서 상당히 많은 언어로 번역이 되었다.  또 영화로도 만들어 졌는데, 그 영화도 매우 유명했기 때문에, 내가 한국에서 아주 어렸을 때에도 들어본 적이 있었다.

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The house was burnt before, but it is now rebuilt and well maintained.  They displayed many things about the author.  They made a model of her writing room with the typewriter, the same model she used for writing this famous novel.  And they even let people touch it.

건물이 예전에 불에 탔다고 하는데, 지금은 재건되고 잘 관리되고 있는 듯 보였다.  작가에 관련된 것들을 여럿 전시해 놨는데, 작가의 작업실 – 글쓰는 방도 모델로 재현해 놨다.  그 방에는 작가가 이 유명한 소설을 쓰는데 사용했던 것과 동일한 모델의 타자기도 전시해 놨다.  게다가 사람들이 타자기를 쳐볼 수 있도록 했다.

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I read the book and saw the movie before.  I have to admit that it is great novel.  The story, plot, characters, sentences and everything is so well weaved together.  But it is also true that it is purely southern perspective and may (or may not) have distorted the truth.  Well, this is a novel, not a documentary of the history any way.

이 책을 읽어보고, 영화도 봤는데, 정말 대단한 작품이라는 건 인정을 안할 수가 없다.  이야기, 짜임새, 인물들, 문장들 그리고 모든 것들이 정말 잘 섞이고 짜여져 있다.  하지만 이 작품이 오로지 미국남부의 관점으로만 쓰여진 것 또한 사실이고, 사실을 심각히 왜곡했다.  남부를 미화하고 남북전쟁의 희생자로 성공적으로 탈바꿈함으로써 (그들의 온갖 악행은 감추고) 미국 사회에 꽤 악영향을 미쳤다고 안할 수가 없다.

Monday, 22 August 2016

India Trip Day 02 – Arriving at Chennai

It is August and I am writing about my January trip.  I must be either super busy or super lazy.  You can read my first day India trip at [India Trip Day 01].

지금이 팔월인데 일월 여행에 대한 글을 쓰고 있다.  내가 무지 바빴거나 아니면 정말 게으르던가 둘 중 하나겠지.  인도 여행 첫날에 대한 글은 [인도여행 01일]에서 읽을 수 있다.

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The airport clearly shows I am in India.

공항에서부터 내가 인도에 있다는 것이 확 느껴진다.

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The driver seat is on the right side, because India was an English colony.  Canada and America used to be English colonies as well but we have driver seat on the left.  Why?  And Japan was not an English colony and still has the driver seat on the right side.  Hmm.  The bus is very crappy and no wonder even if it stops running within a mile.

운전석이 오른쪽에 있는데, 인도가 영국 식민지였기 때문이다.  그런데 캐나다와 미국도 영국 식민지였는데, 운전석이 왼쪽에 있는데, 왜지?  게다가 일본은 영국 식민지였던 적이 없는데도 운전석이 오른쪽에 있는데.  흠…  어째든 버스는 완전 상태가 후져서 금방 고장나도 이상할 것이 없는 듯 보였다.

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I thought the bus was Audi.  But look closer, it has five rings.

버스가 아우디 인줄 알았는데, 자세히 보니 동그라미가 다섯개다.

I just saw a glimpse of this city at night and found some similarities as well as differences with Cairo. Both cities have huge dense of population, unclean environment, and poverty. Oh, both have ancient civilisations. I can see cars are older and in worse condition than those in Cairo. In Cairo, at least tourist buses were very shiny and new. Traffics are same for both cities as well as people’s driving habits. The staying facilities are different also. They do not provide soaps, shampoo, conditioner, towel and toilet papers in India! Thank God that I brought everything while travelling light!

밤에 이 도시에 대해 잠시 보게 되었는데, 카이로와 비슷한 점도 있고 다른 점도 있었다.  두 도시 모두 인구 밀도가 대단하고, 환경이 매우 지저분하고, 가난이 만연해 있다.  아, 그리고 두 도시 모두 고대 문명을 갖고 있기도 하다.  다른 점이라면, 여기는 차들이 카이로에 비해 매우 오래되고 상태가 너덜하다는 것이다.  카이로에서는 최소한 관광에 이용되는 차들은 반짝이고 새 차들이다.  교통량과 운전자들의 운전 습관은 두 도시가 비슷하다.  숙박하는 곳도 매우 다르다.  여기 인도에서는 비누, 샴푸, 린스, 수건 그리고 화장지를 제공하지 않는다!  내가 가볍게 여행하면서도 이런 것들을 챙겨올 수 있었던 것에 대해 하나님께 감사를.

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Within short drive, we came to St. Thomas International Centre. We ate some by the hospitality here. We were all given a bottles of water for the first time. And I felt a little bit happy to drink it because of the scary warning of the Chicago doctor at Travel clinic–basically I may die if I drink water in India.  I expected Wi-Fi.  Actually they have it, they just don’t know the password.  The lady in the office gave us wrong password.  So no Wi-Fi.

버스 타고 조금 가서 성 토마스 국제 센터에 도착했다.  약간의 간식을 주셔서 먹었고 처음으로 물병을 하나씩 제공받았다.  이 물병을 마시니 기분이 좀 좋아졌는데, 여행 클리닉에서 의사가 했던 경고때문에 좀 조심스러웠다.  그 경고란 기본적으로 인도에서 물 마시면 뒤짐이었다.  와이파이가 필요했는데, 정확하 말하면 와이파이가 있긴 했는데, 비밀번호를 몰랐다.  사무실에 있는 아가씨가 잘못된 비밀번호를 줬다.  어째든 오늘은 와이파이없음.

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In the bathroom, they have a shower but no tub or curtain.  They do not have a toilet paper but a bucket.  So I am supposed to wash my bottom with the water using my fingers after the business, but I was not comfortable about it, so I just used the toilet paper which I brought.  It was so good feeling taking shower after 24 hours not washing in the planes.

화장실에는 샤워기가 있지만 욕조나 커텐은 없었다.  화장지는 없지만 빠께스가 있었다.  그러니까, 일을 본 후에는 손가락과 물을 사용해서 밑을 닦아야 한다는 건데, 영 불편해서 그냥 내가 가져간 휴지로 닦았다.  비행기에서 24시간 동안 씻지 못하다가 샤워를 하니 너무 기분이 좋았다.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Twenty Second Day – Beit Shearim

I had no plan for today.  But in the morning Bill from Austin, Texas came to me and asked if I am interested in day trip.  I asked him where he was going.

Bill: Capernaum.
Je: I’ve alreay been there.  Not interested.
Bill: And the church of bread and fish.
Je: What is that?
Bill: blah blah blah…
Je: Oh, Tabgha!  I’ve alreay been there.  Not interested.
Bill: And Caesarea.
Je: I’ve alreay been there.  Not interested.
Bill: And Beit Shearim.
Je: Where?

So I decided to join his group.  There was another man from Germany, a retired pastor.  So we three went out for day trip.

Cave of the Coffins, Beit Shearim

Cave of the Coffins, Beit Shearim

Beit Shearim was very interesting.  It is in the city of Kiryat Tivon, and has so many tombs and caves.  The famous one is the Cave of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi, and since then many Jews came here to be buried from various places.  The above one is the Cave of the Coffins.  It is huge inside.  Tons of stone coffins with beautiful inscriptions and decorations.  The cave itself is like a city with so many chambers and hallways.

Above the cave, which is more than thousand years old grave, I found an used condom with its package nearby.  It is so gross having sex on the grave.  What is wrong with people living here?

Jesus Boat

Jesus Boat

Then we went to the Museum of Jesus Boat.  This is not the actual boat, but the replica.  They found this boat underneath the bottom of Sea of Galilee, and found that it is about 2,000 years old.  McCormick group came here last January.

Tabgha

Tabgha

Then we went to Tabgha.  The bottom mosaic is very famous with four loaves and two fish.  The reason of four loaves instead of five is that Jesus is holding on loaf in his hand for blessing.  McCormick group also came here last January.

St. Peter's House, Capernaum

St. Peter’s House, Capernaum

Then we went to Capernaum.  This is the St. Peter’s house near the synagogue.  McCormick group also came here last January.

Bahai Gardens, Haifa

Bahai Gardens, Haifa

Then we went to Haifa.  The picture above is the Bahai Garden at German Colony in Haifa.  We ate dinner in the German Colony and the food was not great.

Mediterranean beach, Haifa

Mediterranean beach, Haifa

Then we went to a Beach in Haifa – The mediterranean beach.  The water is salty.

Caesarea in the dusk

Caesarea in the dusk

Then we went to Caesarea at the dusk.  And as you may know, the Shabbat begins at the Friday evening.  I expected nobody, but the parking lot was full and all the streets are full of parked cars.  Double parking?  Are you kidding?  Everywhere is already triple parked.  Well, because the restaurants are open until 1am, everybody came here because this is the only (kind of) place to eat out.  I also saw many Muslims waiting for the complete sunset so that they can eat.  McCormick group of course came here last January.

So called Penis Man

So called Penis Man

I found an art which I did not see last January.  And when I found it, it was surrounded by girls aged around seven to ten.  The girls were grabbing, rubbing, and touching the penis of the statue, and their mothers were taking picture of that.  Well, great.  Early education, we need that.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Twentieth Day – Flint

Today was not too bad, because I found at least something besides pottery pieces.

Pillar Base

Pillar Base

This is believed to be the pillar base.

Jaw bone of probably a goat

Jaw bone of probably a goat

This is the most interesting thing I found today. The jaw bone with some teeth on it. It could be a goat or sheep.

Flint

Flint

I also found several flints today for the first time. This is the nicest one.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Seventeenth Day – First day in Tel Megiddo

Before I begin today’s story, I met an African-American named Reggie.  He is very nice guy and taught many things that I need to know here.  We had supper together, and we began to talk about American Society.

First, I said America need gun control.  There are many countries where guns are illegal and the society is safer.  And he said NO!  He said the gun is to protect – protect yourself and your properties.  We talked a little more, but I realised that it would be useless because we cannot overcome the gap between our thoughts.

The other thing we talked about was health insurance and hospital system.  I said Canada and some (northern) European countries have national health insurance, and that is the way for America to go but it looks not easy.  He said that the national health insurance is stupid idea.  He said he would rather pay and get better health care.  I said that there are many people who are poor and cannot afford the hospital fee.  He said very shocking thing to me that those people are poor because they are lazy, and they do not deserve health care.  I was so shocked, and said, “but they are same human and citizen of America. Don’t you think government must take care of her citizens?”  But his thought was so firm that they chose to be poor, so they do not deserve anything.  I mentioned the documentary Sicko, and he became angry, saying that Michael Moore is a f**king communist and the film is 100% lie.  He also has similar idea about college and university tuition fee that the students can get loans and they can pay it back after graduation.  And that the only reason they are stuck in the debt is that they are dumb, stupid, and lazy.

Then, I changed the topic because I felt he is quite angry and it would be dangerous to continue the conversation on those matter.  But I was very much shocked because I have never met or conversed with anyone who thinks like that way before.

Tel Megiddo

Tel Megiddo

This the Tel Megiddo from under.  We got up at 4 which is half an hour earlier than in Lachish.  And they were so many people that we used two big buses.  It is because that many excavation sites were closed because of the warring situation, and Tel Megiddo is one of a few sites which continues digging, and many students moved over to Tel Megiddo team like me.

Area T, Tel Megiddo

Area T, Tel Megiddo

The is area T where I worked today.  There are many differences between Tel Lachish and Tel Megiddo.  First noticeable one is that Megiddo’s climate is much cooler than that of Lachish, so I did not drink a lot of water.  The speed of dust drying is also quite different.  It just took less than an hour for the fresh mud to dry in Lachish, but here people say that they need to wait until next morning.  The work pace is slower than that of Lachish, probably because of the number of people digging.  Maybe it was because I worked with other Koreans, and most Koreans are workaholic.

Sling Stones

Sling Stones

I was told that my work place is Assyrian Era which I think is very cool because I worked upto Babylonian era at Tel Lachish.  Those are sling stones I found today, and because of three sling stones at the same spot, they concluded it was sling stone factory.

The schedule here at Megiddo is very similar to that of Lachish, but we have fewer breaks here and they do not provide water here, but everybody carries his/her own water bottle.  They provided the water with Van because we needed more water than an individual person can carry.

Schedule is get up at 4, dig until 1, take some rest after lunch, wash potteries and bones, and two lectures in the evening which ends att 10.  Today’s lecture was very interesting and one of them was about DNA and archaeology.  It is very tiring and exhausting schedule, and I have to do this two more weeks including this week.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Thirteenth Day – Cleaning Lachish

I was told that today is the last day to come to the digging site.  Our major job of today is to clean up the digging site.

Military Helicopter

Military Helicopter

While we were cleaning, two military helicopters flew by over our heads.  This is serious war.  After I came back to Kedma village, I was outside checking some photos and blogging, facebooking.  It was around 3pm, and I saw the rockets flying and being intercepted.  There were many.  I began to count, and I gave up counting from 23, and the rockets were still coming.  It is crazy.  More than two dozens of rockets in three minutes.

Tel Lachish Area K (or C) cleaned up

Tel Lachish Area K (or C) cleaned up

Cleaning was not easy job.  How can we clean up the more than 2,500 year-old dust in a day?  While we were cleaning up, Professor Yossi came and check a few things.  He suddenly said “It is not logical.  I do not understand.  It does not make sense.”  Then he dug on.  Well, cleaning interrupted.  The photo above is after the cleaning.  The upper stone wall is of Persian Era, and the floor is destruction layer of Babylonia.

Dusty and Dry Top Soil

Dusty and Dry Top Soil

Cleaning was not easy job.  How can we clean up the more than 2,500 year-old dust in a day?  While we were cleaning up, Professor Yossi came and check a few things.  He suddenly said “It is not logical.  I do not understand.  It does not make sense.”  Then he dug on.  Well, cleaning interrupted.  The photo above is after the cleaning.  The upper stone wall is of Persian Era, and the floor is destruction layer of Babylonia.

The heat of the day is literally killing.  You can see the dust is coming up at every step of mine.  The top soil is not fertile at all.  Actually any plant which failed to root deep under the top soil dries and dies immediately.

And there is huge, extremely huge difference between the shadow and the sun.  In the shadow, it is not too bad with the cool breeze, but in the sun, you burn painfully.  You even feel like the sunrays prick your face and skin.  I now understand why Jonah was so upset dare against God when God removed the nice shadow from Jonah.  In the same situation, I might do the same.

Pottery Reading

Pottery Reading

Because we did not excavate but cleaned, we did not have any pottery or bone to wash.  So some volunteers were able to attend the pottery reading.  Identifying the pottery is not something anyone can do.  You must have accurate and a lot of knowledge on archaeological pottery.

Professor Yossi came and told me that I will dig at Megiddo from next week.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Fourth Day – Museums

Today is my Museum day.  I wanted use the public transportation in Jerusalem.  I looked for the way in Google Maps.  I went to the Light rail station and bought two tickets at the vending machine.  But I was not able to find the bus stop for 66, so I came back to the Jaffa Gate for the Tourist Information Centre, and they taught me different road from the Google Maps.

Jerusalem Bus

Jerusalem Bus

So I got on the bus.  I gave the ticket to the bus driver, but he did not let me go back of the bus.  He said something, and I guessed he was saying to pay.  So I explained him that I bought the ticket this morning and never used yet.  But he was kept saying “Ofaam! Ofaam!”  And he did not understand me nor speak English.  We were not able to communicate each other because of language barrier.

Then a few people from behind came to help me.  They were all young and wearing kipa, so I guess they are Jewish.  One of them said to the bus driver that he would pay for me.  I was so moved.  It is not about the money.  The bus fare is less than $2.  It is not much, but just that he offered the small kindness to stranger was big thing to me.  But I refused because I had money.  The other guy translated for me and I found out that I must use the ticket within hour and half after purchase.  That is kind of stupid I think.  So I’d better use cash on the bus.

I was surrounded by several Jews who offered me kindness competitively.  I paid the fare by cash, and everything was settled.  God bless them!  But I had one more problem.  The bus announcement was only in Hebrew, never in English.  I had no idea where to get off.  So I asked another guy next to me (middle-aged man wearing kipa).  I was not asked the driver because he does not speak English.  The middle-aged guy brought me to the bus driver, and asked him for me in Hebrew.  Then he asked me where I am from, and I said that I am from Chicago.  Then he and I had pleasant conversation about Chicago until he got off the bus.

Last night I was insulted twice by Palestinians, and this morning I received kindness from the Jews.  If you had exactly same experience as I, then whose friend would you be?  McCormick people and I know about the Israeli government’s ill-treatment over Palestinians, but how many people do you think know all about that?  Even the people who know, they would be pro-Jewish and anti-Palestinian having such experience.

Signet Ring

Signet Ring

I went to the Bible Land Museum first.  The picture above is a signet ring.  This is the combination of passport, credit card and property certificate in the ancient world.  Judah may have been wearing and handed something like this when he went into his daughter-in-law.

Sumerian Mythology

Sumerian Mythology

This is the Sumerian mythology about the creation of humankind.  The gods were so busy, stressed and tired of taking care of the world after creation.  Even they expressed their frustration to each other.  Then they created human so that they can get relieve of the work.  So according to the Sumerian mythology, we are just free labours for them.

Family Idols

Family Idols

And the museum also said that this is what Rachel might have hidden from her father.  And if so, I guess she was desperate to be pregnant, because they are all emphasizing woman’s sexuality, which is fertility.

Riding Man

Riding Man

This is a man riding.  And we can see his sexual organ clearly.  And look at the picture below too.

Ancient Women

Ancient Women

I think they were not ashamed of sex and they did not try to hide it in the ancient world.  Then why we came to bashing the sex?  Because we oppress the sex, it grows in the weird way, and we have a whole lot of porn industry, and even Hollywood depicts sex in the wrong way.

Lachish Battle

Lachish Battle

Then I went to the Israel Museum.  I did not take much photo here.  In both museums, I borrowed the audio guide device, and I literally listened to the explanation one by one, not even missing one.  I focused on learning rather than photo.  The above one is the Lachish battle, where I am going to dig from next week.

Shrine of the Book

Shrine of the Book

I also went to the Shrine of the Book.  By the January trip, the McCormick group all know what the shape means.  But today, I notice that the four corners of the shrine set is exactly look like the four corners of the altar.

I had so good time in the museum.  When the museum announced for its closing, I was surprised because I thought I just spent a few hours (I thought it was around 1pm).  And then I realised that I was not wearing my sunglasses any longer.  I had no idea what happened to my sunglasses.

Yaffo Street

Yaffo Street

Then I got on a bus, not the 66 but 7.  I was supposed to get off at Jaffa street.  I thought I would get the word Jaffa in Hebrew, but I missed.  Someone next to me poked and told me to get off.  Why did I miss it?  Because the announcement said “Yaffo,” not “Jaffa.”  On the map issued by the Israeli government (tourism), it clearly says Jaffa, but the street sign says Yaffo.

Light Rail

Light Rail

This is the light rail in Jerusalem New City.  Jerusalem New City just looks like any other American or European city.

And I also realised that even in the Old City, Jewish quarter is much more clean and modern than the other quarters such as Muslim or Armenian.  And it also has more sunlight while the other parts of the old city is quite covered and lacks sunlight.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Third Day – Jerusalem Walking Tour

Before I begin today, I want to add some of yesterday.  I sat next to a mother-daughter family from Switzerland in the sharing taxi to Jerusalem.  I thought that they were speaking German, so I asked them a few questions.  I confirmed that Switzerland has four official languages.  I learned that majority speaks German though.  The mother told me that their German is different from the German in Germany.  They both said that they can understand what Germans say, but Germans do not understand well what they say.  They learn German German at school.  The mother said that Switzerland has four different German dialects, and the daughter said that her teacher in the class taught that they have twelve different German dialects in their country.

So, I got up early in the morning.  I asked the lady in the hotel counter where the Lutheran church is.  She looked up the map a bit but could not find.  She just pointed the Christian quarter and said, “it should be somewhere around here.”  I found that Church in the map from the book which theology professor Dr. Cathey borrowed me.  The map was not the best detail, so I asked people on the street.

Empty Road in Old City Jerusalem

Empty Road in Old City Jerusalem

In the early in the morning, there was almost no one on the street.  The same street feels so different without people.  It is people that makes a place lively or dead, holy or defiled, peaceful or turmoil.

Sunday Service at Holy Sepulchre

Sunday Service at Holy Sepulchre

I went to the Holy Sepulchre first.  There was some Sunday service was on going.  I went inside the tomb place, and tried to stay a little while praying because there were not many people.  But clergyman in charge of there tapped the door and asked us to come out quickly.  I found the line got so long in just a few seconds.

Byzantine Cardo

Byzantine Cardo

I went to the Lutheran church of our Redeemer to find out that the service is at 9.  I had little more than an hour, so I walked to Jewish quarter.  The picture above is Cardo, Byzantine market place, and is market now too.

Jewish and Learning, the same word

Jewish and Learning, the same word

Across the Cardo, there is a centre (there are so many centres in the Jewish quarter), “Arie and Eva Halpern Centre for Jewish Life and Learning.”  One thing I like about Jewish is that they value the learning.  It looks like being Jewish means continuous lifetime learning.

LUtheran Church of our Redeemer

Lutheran Church of our Redeemer

Then I went to the Lutheran church.  About 25 people gathered.  This is the church that Ted and Paula Hiebert and their children attended for a year while they were living in Jerusalem.  The service was OK, not that different from Presbyterians.

Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock

After the service, I went back to the Jewish quarter right away since nobody talked to me at the church.  This is the view of the Dome of the Rock, and we can see the Western wall below.

Ancient Wasabi Bowl?

Ancient Wasabi Bowl?

I went to the Burnt House Museum.  It is the excavated ruin of the house belong to Kathros family.  It is considered that the family is the priests.  The picture above is one of the founding in the house, and it looks like wasabi bowl in Japanese sushi restaurant.

Burnt House

Burnt House

Many things were found in the ruin including the cut bone of a girl’s arm and arrow-head.  I can just guess how the battle was when the city was destroyed.

In the burnt house I met two Korean girls.  One of them are working on M.Div at a full-gospel seminary (I forgot the school name).

Back on the street, I was looking at the street map, and a Palestinian old man came and he would show me things (he means guide, I guess).  I said, it is OK, and he said ‘just a few shekels, I will show you good things.’  I had only 16 shekels at that time.  So I showed it and he took it, then he said, “twenty-dollar more.”  And I realised that he is just a cheater, and said that I did not have any money.  Then he just left with my money, and I asked him my money back because he was not doing anything worth for the money.  He heard me and he ran so fast, disappeared.

About the money, I was not lying.  I actually had no money with me.  So I went to the nearby ATM.

Ritual Bath at Archaeological Museum

Ritual Bath at Archaeological Museum

I went to archaeological Museum, named “Herodia Quarter.”  It is very close to the burnt house, and this museum contains several houses all rich upper class Jewish people 2,000 years ago.

One thing unique about Jewish archaeology is that we find ritual bath wherever we go.  Some house has even multiple ritual bathrooms.  It looks like that ancient Jews only bathed without doing any other things.

Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!

Then I came out of the underground Museum (both Burnt house and Archaeological Museum are underground, and over the ground are normal building and shops), and ate lunch at Hallelujah, where the McCormick group also ate when we were visiting Jewish Quarter.  The burger was so huge!

Actually almost where I go, I can  recall my memory.  There are not many place that I have not yet been to.  The local tour guide George Filmon and the Guiding Star literally covered the most out of it.

Rampart Walk

Rampart Walk

Then I went to the Jaffa gate again, and began to walk down toward the south.  My plan was walk through the city wall.  Then I found the Ramparts Walk, and paid to enter.  The Ramparts walk led me on to the wall.  So I walked on the city wall.  It was so nice, and had great view.  I wondered why Guiding Star did not provide us this one.  But soon I realised that it is quite dangerous.  Unlike the picture above, most part of the walk is open one side, and the floor stones are worn and very slippery.  Even I did not run at all and walked as carefully as possible.  People who travelled with me would know what that means.  It is very high on the wall, and anyone who fears the height cannot walk there.  So I walked on the wall from near the Jaffa Gate to the Dung Gate.

Geopolitical location of Jerusalem - Archaeological Park

Geopolitical location of Jerusalem – Archaeological Park

Then I went to the Archaeological Park.  It is the down the wall near the dung gate.  It is said that it was the royal court and house of Muslim empires.  I found one good thing which shows the location of Jerusalem geographically and politically.  Israel and Jerusalem has been actually the connecting hub of the three continents.

Muslim Cemetary

Muslim cemetery

After the archaeological park, I kept walking through the streets, and I went to the Muslim cemetery right below the wall.  It was quite a walk, and then I met Lion’s Gate where McCormick group used to go to the Haram or Temple Mount.

Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo

I walked through the road and visited the points of Via Dolorosa again.  This is the Ecce Homo point.  People thought that Pontius Pilate said “Ecce Homo (Behold the man)” there.

I had two unpleasant experiences in the Muslim Quarter.  I guess they are Palestinian muslims because they were at the Muslim quarter.

The first thing:  Three young Palestinians were sitting side of the road, and when they saw me they asked if I am from Japan.  I said I am from Chicago, then a guy said with mocking voice “Ayy Am from Shee-Kay-go.”  Another guy also shouted at me, “Welcome to China!”  I did not respond further but kept walking.

The second thing:  A Palestinian young guy asked me, “Hey my friend, come to my shop.”  I gently said, “No thank you.”  Then he shouted “Chinese” twice and mimicked monkey sounds.  I also did not respond at all.

So I had three unpleasant experiences today with the Palestinians including the old man in the morning who ran with my 16 shekels, which is about $5.  There are many things to say about Jewish – Palestinian relationship, and I believe that the Palestinians must make (international) friends desperately, but they are turning possible friends into enemies.

Let me just do some simple calculation.  I met two groups (ignoring the old man because he did not do anything about racism), and let me suppose the two group meet so many Asians daily but mock them racially ten Asians.  And the two groups 3 in common everyday.  Then they together make seventeen Asians unpleasant and turn against them.  Seventeen a day is 6,205 a year.

They may have short fun time mocking others, but they are actually making more than six thousand Anti-Palestinians annually.  They should think what situation they have been in, and are in right now.

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