Jerusalem of White
Posted on January 10, 2013 by Lauren Schuchart
From my blog:
(lots of photos!)
This week, Jerusalem saw A LOT of rain.
- The rain in Jerusalem blows sideways because of the wind. This means that umbrellas are useless, because they just turn inside out and make you look silly. I learned this lesson after 4 umbrellas.
- For the most part, buildings in Jerusalem are poorly insulated. This means that if you get wet in the rain (which you will…see #1), it’s hard to dry off and get warm. The best thing to do is wear 5 layers of clothing and embrace the “drowned-rat” look.
- Because of the water problem in the Middle East, rain in Israel is an incredible blessing, and vital to the people and the land. With that in mind, #1 and #2 seem insignificant (but we’ll complain about it, anyway).
Israel rarely sees snow, and when it does, it’s not too much (certainly not what this Northeastern girl is used to!). So when we heard it might snow, we were excited, but skeptical.
But with even a little snow in the forecast, survival instincts kicked in and everyone headed to the grocery store to stock up for the impending storm. Bread, eggs, milk, hummus… you know, the essentials.
And what do you know, global warming delivered, and we woke up to a winter wonderland! Schools canceled, workplaces closed down, and everyone took to the snow to build snowmen and have snowball fights… it felt like a holiday.
I can only imagine how exciting it was for the kids here who have never seen snow. By looking at these pictures… you might think we haven’t, either.
Happy snow day!
Snowy night at Na’omi 9 ! Wine, popcorn, chocolate…perfection.
Time to play!!
View of the Old City in the snow
Laura’s Toronto-soul is smiling 🙂
Roomies on the Tayelet (promenade)
Snowy Jerusalem streets
Olive tree in white
The only time you can walk in the bus lane? Snow days and Yom Kippur.
Making new friends
When you only pack for one year in Jerusalem, snow boots don’t really make the list.
Snow, sleet, rain… Israelis still need their coffee.
Snow day pancakes! Nom nom nom