Abu Gosh/ أبو غوش‎ / אבו גוש

Living above this bustling little village in the kibbutz has given me a unique experience with the city and its inhabitants. It is one of the first places that I remember getting to know in my first days in Israel and have grown very fond of it since then. Since one of the two ways to get down from the kibbutz is through Abu Gosh, I’ve seen the many faces of the city and learned a good deal about the underbelly of the place and its history. I think the most interesting happening, which doesn’t happen often nor should worry you (but does point to the fact that this place indeed has an underbelly), is one night after coming back from the bars in Jerusalem. The town was pretty quite, as it settles down soon after nightfall, as we turned the corner on the main street and there was a car right off the road on fire- in complete blaze. Not something that was an accident and one of the most interesting visuals I’ve ever saw here in Israel. Everyone is the cars was like, “yeah, Abu Gosh” and didn’t seem to think much of it. I couldn’t stop looking back to see the sight though and remember thinking how odd that it seemed ‘normal’!  (more…)

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Sunny Photos from Spring Days, via Israel

Nothing better with weather like this than a ride, to the beach,

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This week I took another ride down to the Rishon Le-Zion beach, because the drive there is so enjoyable. (Plus any ride that ends at the Mediterranean Sea couldn’t disappoint.)  This time there were people sitting at the various cafes, enjoying the sunshine. Spring is indeed upon us and those empty beaches (to enjoy all to yourself) are a distant memory. I was pretty proud of my little vespa sand sketch (above). You’ve got to love a beach with that many shells! I can’t get over the beauty of the place. If you want more info about this beach, read my earlier article about it here.

I am a walking commercial for Vespa, but I don’t mind at all.

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Vespa Vantage Views: Judean Hills

These photos were taken the weekend after I bought the ‘ol Vepsa. Shot outside of Kibbutz Ma’ale Hachamisha (30 minutes outside of Jerusalem), on a nearby side street leading towards several treasure troves of state parks and Judean Mountain range views. Plus the Muslim Village below the kibbutz, Abu Gosh, has the best hummus around! Every Saturday, Israelis from all over the country make their way there to eat in one of the many restaurants. I’ll make sure to do a Vespa Adventure post for Abu Gosh and surrounding area when the weather is better. Continue reading