Thursday, August 12, 2010

Today I went to the Russian Compound in Jerusalem.  It sounds a little strange, but it is right by the Old City.  There is a huge, beautiful Orthodox Church right in the middle of the Compound.  It is dedicated to the Trinity.  But most of the Icons depict the Resurrection and Ascension.  It was built in the 1870's but has been very well kept.  Of course it is a destination for all the Russian Pilgrims that are here.  And there are many of them.  But there are people from all over the world here.  You never know where the person next to you is from.  I took the bus to the Western Wall and watched the Bar Mitzvahs taking place.  Quite a few number of families where there. Then I went to Mahane Yehuda, the local bazaar in Jerusalem where on Thursday & Fridays, it's alive with all kind of activity. Men selling all kinds of food products to a huge crowd of people.  There are many fish stalls selling fresh fish.  I'm not sure where the fish come from, but they are all sizes.  They have a lot of salmon. They have all kinds of vegetables, nuts, spices, fruits, clothes, household items. It's enjoyable watching the shoppers with their little, personal shopping cards being pulled behind them. But these little carts sure do get in the way on the bus and on the sidewalks.  But that's all being part of Jerusalem.