Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jerusalem Obstacle Course

I'm a pedestrian. We don't own cars, nary a one.

Car owners stay away from from downtown Jerusalem, especially Ben Yehuda Street.


Can you see why?


This is the road path whatever I took while walking to the central bus station. Granted, I admit that I could have walked on a sidewalk on the other side of the street, but I needed to walk in the shade.

Every time I walk there, I find changes. I didn't expect it to be so awfully sandy, like the beach. Actually, there was probably more sand on Jaffa Street than on the beach by the Kineret (Sea of Galilee.)

Simply put: It's both dangerous and unpleasant. The present obstacles, the result of the construction of the "light rail system" has made walking in Jerusalem a high risk activity.

6 comments:

Jehoshaphat said...

You sure complain a lot. I feel bad for your husband.

Batya said...

What's the connection? He's not the mayor.

Anonymous said...

i heard Israeli officials are freezing settlement construction. finally!

Batya said...

"finally"???
I guess you're an antisemitic racist.

We Jews deserve basic civil rights.

Janet Kasten Friedman said...

Yeah, the digging is annoying! But I try to look at the bright side: the bulldozers are building not destroying. With outposts being bulldozed almost daily, and the memory of the destruction of Gush Katif by our fellow Jews still burning in our memory, I say yallah, let 'em dig, as long as its for constructive purposes! Hopefully, we will be able to ride that train to the Beit HaMikdash in the near future. Which structure do you think will be completed first, the train of the Temple?

Batya said...

Janet, so nice to hear from you. I think I owe you a lunch...

You're right, and we'll be able to get on the train in Pisgat Zeev!

re: what will be completed first... if Olmert (the Jerusalem mayor who planned the lightrail) and the rest of us Jews do tshuva, then both will be ready the same time, so that the first run will be to the Chanukat HaBayit of the Bait HaMikdash! G-d willing!!