Wednesday, July 30, 2008

More surprises while wandering

Today was going to be my Shuk Machaneh Yehuda market day (after my aborted attempt last Sunday). Again it didn't happen. Where I usually transfer to the second bus there is a Mister Zoll supermarket. I noticed the sale signs in the window: tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, red bell peppers, and onions @ 39 agorot per kilo! That's like 11 cents or 0.07 Euro per kilo. Wednesday only, and with the purchase of at least 150 shekels of groceries. At the market these vegetables cost several times more than this. OK, so forget the shuk today!

So, suddenly having two extra hours before my bus back to the village, I whipped out the camera and went roaming inside the green garden neighborhood of Beit Hakerem.
Again delightful surprises!
Like this man contemplating his head.
And not one, but three, different spots where residents had left their old books outside, hoping passersby would adopt some. I took Cry, the Beloved Country, a 1968 edition printed in Malta.
Don't tell anyone, but I get a lot of my clothes in this same manner. It's so much fun.
Then there was this lovely synagogue which I had to shoot through a locked gate.
This is new too. Apparently the Jerusalem Municipality (see the lion symbol?) is trying to beautify the utility boxes by pasting big photographs on them.


Leora said...

Don't tell anyone
Love that line! You are internationally read, but not by "anyone". Funny.

Great spacey utility box. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

kjpweb said...

That is such a cool way to get books!
Most people here say if you want to give them a book as a present - "Oh thanks, but I already have one!" ;)
Like your sense of humor! Toda!
Cheers, Klaus

Rambling Woods said...

What a nice thing to leave books out for someone to take. Here everything goes to the garage sale. Good deal on vegetables..Thanks for roaming Dina..Michelle

Shimmy Mom said...

I especially like the man contemplating his head. I like the pictures on the utility box idea. It looks better than a big metal box. Hopefully it detours bad behavior too. I don't know if Jerusalem has a big graffiti problem, but I know that when we were in New York, the businesses that had someone come spray paint murals on their gates, never got tagged. The taggers respected other peoples art. Go figure.
Glad you got such a good deal on groceries! And extra time, what a bonus.

Petrea said...

Delight! Two free hours to wander and enjoy. These are wonderful. We'll keep it among ourselves, your international audience.

Suzanne said...

I love you sharing such a special place with us. I love all those books lined up for someone just to take.

Louis la Vache said...

What a fun post, Dina!

And good news today, too! The corrupt and incompetent Olmert is going to resign!


what a wonderful way to get rid of your books - unfortunately we dont have that here in hania (people are simply not bookish here), but at least we do have wonderful second hand bookshops run by english ladies - what a trade they do in books.
loved your pirate stories - in my 20 years of teaching experioence, i've had lots of moments of truth when people dont know how to react to what i'm telling them!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

The books idea is great. We live in a big apartment building/flat and often the tenants/occupants will leave read books on the front as well for those who would like and sometimes baby clothes for those who needs them for children....
Great post.