I had some questions about my last post, so I thought I would answer them. First of all, filaful is a fried ball of ground up chick peas and spices with bread crumbs on the outside. It sounds weird, but it tastes really good! You put that in a pita or this kind of thin tortilla-like bread with some hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and french fries, and it is really tasty! The food in the cafeteria is really good because it's all a lot of things that are unique to this area, but they also serve American food too. It's a buffet for every meal, and so it's important to not eat like you're at a buffet every meal because otherwise you could definitely gain some weight off of the food here. Also it is really fun to have a balcony on my room. (I have 3 other roommates btw: Kjersten - not a typo, pronounced Kirsten, another Rachel, and Melanie.) We had roses blooming outside of our window, but then they came and wacked them all off this week to prune them, so now our balcony is not as pretty as it used to be. I can see all of Jerusalem from anywhere in the Center that has a window because the Center is on the Mount of Olives overlooking the city.
So Sunday is our free day here, so I went out with some friends and did some really fun stuff. First we did a walk on the wall all the way around the Old City. You walk on the inside of the wall, and you can see a lot of neat things. The pictures can show better than I can explain it. It's called the Ramparts Walk, and it was only 8 shekels! That translates to about $2.50.
After going doing the Ramparts Walk, we went to this fantastic museum called the Tower of David Museum. The tower of David is a fortress that has been possessed by a lot of different people over time, and now it has been turned into a museum. It goes through the history of Jerusalem. It was really interesting, and I feel like I learned a lot. There is an actual tower, and we went up on top of it, and took lots of pictures. I posted most of them below. Anyway, that's what I did this week on my free day. I was gone from about 9 in the morning until 6:30 that night. We took a taxi back from West Jerusalem after the museum, and that was really fun because our taxi driver didn't know where the "Mormon University" was and took us to Hebrew University instead. But it was fine because that is just right down the road from us anyway. Well that's all I have time to post now. I'll post what we did on our field trip the next day on my post on Saturday. This city is so great! If you ever have the chance to go, I hope you take it because everything here is so full of history and richness!