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The Cross of Bethlehem

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A travel journal to Europe by SeenThat

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London

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Harrods Photo, London, England
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…During the preparation of my dissertation, I traveled to London because of bureaucratic red tape. At the time, my economic situation was rapidly improving and I contemplated a shopping spree at the exciting metropolis.As an Israeli citizen, I was entitled to a visa upon arrival. Besides that I had a return ticket and a golden credit card proving I had enough funds for my visit. Therefore, I didn’t expect any trouble from British immigration at the Heathrow Airport."What do you do?" the officer asked when I arrived at the airport."I work and study.""What do you study?" I answered precisely, but the officer looked at me with a blan...Read More

Florence and Zurich

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General View Photo, Florence, Italy
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…Most of the encounters took place in Israel, though for the most interesting one I traveled to Zurich, to the European headquarters of the American corporation represented by the Isaacsons. It was my first trip to Switzerland and I was quite excited, especially since it was a complicated one. I was to attend a two day conference in Florence and then reach Zurich via Munich… Florence was wonderful and the company made sure our bellies were full of excellent food. When we weren’t eating, the company presented their new technologies. A small plane took me across the Alps and provided unforgettable views. The corporation’s European headquarters were not in Zurich proper, but in a nearby town ...Read More

Jaffa

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Clock Tower Photo, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv was a fascinating city for me. It was small enough to explore by foot but cosmopolitan enough to offer something from every corner of the world. Aware of what would happen if my secret thoughts were to be exposed, I kept visiting churches in a very cautious way. They were my solace in times of trouble.Often, I just sat outside them. In places where benches were unavailable, I looked at the Sunday crowds and wondered about religion. Tel Aviv is neither a Christian nor a religious city. Churches in Tel Aviv were few and the Sunday crowds could be seen only near the abandoned old Central Bus Terminal. Most of the inhabitants in the area were foreign – and often illegal – workers, esp...Read More

Bethlehem

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Nativity Basilica Photo, Palestinian Authority, Middle East
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The northern entrance of Bethlehem connected the town to Jerusalem through a big junction. During our forced visit, it was a colorful place crowded and full of interesting spots at all hours of the day or night. We called it "The Gate." The short distance from the junction to the first houses of the town was transformed into a one hundred meter long temporary military camp on the wide avenue and a few meters away from it, next to the junction, a variety of civilian groups were always present. Jewish people from Jerusalem and the surrounding settlements brought food to the soldiers, from homey steaming stews to endless amounts of hot coffee. Foreign human rights groups protested there from time to time...Read More

Shanghai

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Shanghai Photo, Shanghai, China
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The temperatures were climbing during the last hour of the train ride, and after the frigid days spent in Beijing and Xian, all the freezing water sources outside the window were now liquid. Once in Shanghai, I was happy to see that the metro lines were more modern and better planned than those in Beijing. Despite its crowdedness, the visit promised to be comfortable. I boarded a bus and traveled to the Bund, an area next to the rivers’ confluence, a European beauty dating back to the early twentieth century. I took a bed in the Astor Hotel, built in the 19th century and nowadays known as Pujiang. It was an extraordinary building, decorated in a dark hued wood that gave it a warm feeling. Its glamour ...Read More