Tomorrow is the Jerusalem Marathon. The city has been getting ready all week and there is a feeling of excitement in the air that has made this such a fun week. The Full Marathon is going to be running right by our apartment so our street is filled with blue barriers for the crowds to stand behind and there are signs along the street directing the runners. The Jerusalem Marathon is listed as one of the top 10 marathons in the world. I’ve never run a marathon but when I do (it’s definitely on my life to-do list), this seems like a pretty cool one to run. Runners literally run through thousands of years of history, including the Old City of Jerusalem. The views are breathtaking. Watching the preparations for the marathon makes me feel really lucky to be living here in Jerusalem. It’s not New York, but I would absolutely say that it is one of the most cultured and happening cities I’ve visited in the world. Whenever my travel bug starts itching, I try to remind myself that where I live is pretty awesome too. So awesome that thousands (millions?) come here to visit every year. In honor of the marathon, all of the main streets in Jerusalem are closed and Eden’s daycare is cancelled. We have no plans to get into our car tomorrow and are looking forward to heading out to the streets to cheer on the runners. I find them so inspiring. They have determination and endurance written all over their faces. Plus we have a few friends running. With the whole city basically shut down in honor of the marathon, it feels almost like a holiday. Excited for a fun family Friday!
Snow days in Jerusalem are a huge deal. They don’t happen very often, and when they do, everyone goes outside to celebrate the snow. Eden was a bit scared of the snow at first, but after no time at all she was throwing snowballs along with the rest of us. And then I wasn’t sure who was enjoying the snow more, the adults or Eden! (although the ‘adults’ in this house still kind of think they’re little kids.)
In Israel, Sundays are workdays and Fridays take the place of Sundays. In my 10 years of living here, I think this is the one big thing that I have still not adjusted to. I really miss Sundays and Fridays just don’t seem to do the trick.
But this Friday was especially glorious and sunny. Which means that Israelis do laundry and hang out their undies, in all their glory, for the whole world to see. Because sunny winter days are not something to be taken for granted. Most Israelis don’t own dryers since it is sunny and hot for the majority of the year, so it’s pretty common to see laundry hanging on every porch and roof. But these beauties had me laughing. I love that this is considered such a normal sight in Jerusalem.
Friday is the only day that Binny and I get to pick up Eden together from daycare. We took advantage of the sun and walked there, skipping like little kids. Eden was pretty excited to see us and we had a fun time walking home together as a family.
We have lots of friends coming over this weekend. One couple is leaving to San Diego for 5 years for the husband to do a post-doc, so seeing them will be bittersweet. Laughing with friends is our favorite way to unwind after a long week. It’s been tough coming back to real life after 3 weeks of vacation, so this weekend is exactly what we need.