The green lung

We are lucky enough to live next door to one of the biggest parks in Jerusalem. San Simon park isn’t on any tourist agenda. It’s just a regular place where local Israelis unwind, recreate and do all kinds of bizarre stuff.

These kids are on a homemade ropes course. Other activities we have seen in the park include:

– Tai chi classes

– High school physical education class

– Birthday, anniversary, graduation, and just-for-the-heck-of it parties

– IDF soldier training sessions

– Pet dogs and stray cats by the dozens

– People setting up barbeques and digging fire pits

– People walking to shul on Saturday mornings

– A ping pong table that I’ve only ever seen used by male Haredi teenagers

– A buff 20-something who sets up is iPod speakers and uses the kids’ playground as his personal gym

– Nationalist political tours, focusing on the Israeli Army’s 1948 victory over the Iraqis in the battle of San Simon

– Greek Orthodox nuns locking and unlocking the monastery gates

– Parents and families of all nationalities and styles, including a sensitive new-age daddy whom we see walking his baby for hours every day

There is even, once in a blue moon, a Palestinian family in the park…

Having this festival of humanity and all this green space just outside our front door has been a major blessing.

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About hilarymead

Taking two young kids, a great husband, and a whole lot of questions to Jerusalem for a year's sabbatical.
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