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CityPass/Egged Transfer OK

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 30, 2013

Rabbi David Sedley has posted an update: http://rabbisedley.blogspot.co.il/2013/03/rav-kav-update.html.

CityPass called him on March 18 to confirm that it is still possible to transfer from an Egged bus to the Light Rail without paying twice. That’s good news! The woman from CityPass also confirmed that sometimes the machine takes two “clips” (rides) by mistake but you can try to get a refund at the CityPass office in the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem.

Mo’edim le-simcha!

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CityPass still taking us for a ride

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 14, 2013

Driver

Remember before the Jerusalem Light Rail opened, when you could ride the length of the city on the number 18 bus? Remember how Egged discontinued all their downtown lines, because it would be so “convenient” to transfer between trains and buses? Even if you were disabled or carrying heavy groceries and had children with you? Apparently you now have to pay for the privilege. According to David Sedley’s recent blog posting, you now have to pay for the privilege. CityPass no longer honours Egged bus transfers. I wasn’t able to find any confirmation on the CityPass site, only a short page (Hebrew and English) touting the benefits of transferring to connecting lines.

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Video: Flamenco Dancer and Guitarists

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 13, 2013


 
 
The guitarist is Baldi Olier, originally from Romania. The dancer is Yael Tuchfeld. Someone told me that the rhythm guitarist is Olier’s son. They played after dinner (department fun day). Sorry about the unsteady camera. After a day’s activities, a couple glasses of malt whiskey and a lot of food it wasn’t easy to hold the camera still.

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Line Fun Day, 2013: Camels and Flamenco

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 13, 2013

Camel

We spent the afternoon and evening at Eretz Bereishit (Genesis Land). Yes, I did ride a camel, but not the one in this photo.

Red buttercups:

Wildflowers

Tiny irises:

Irises

Purple flowers, which I’ve never seen before:

Red flowers

Eretz Bereishit, neqr Kfar Adumim

I photographed this kid during the shepherding workshop. What a face! It was in constant motion, so I was lucky to get this shot, head on and in focus.

Kid

The live entertainment after dinner was provided by flamenco guitarist Baldi Olier and dancer Yael Tuchfeld. They were very impressive.

Flamenco dancer Yael Tuchfeld

Flamenco guitarist Baldi Olier and dancer Yael Tuchfeld

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Line Fun Day, 2013: Yemin Moshe and Old City

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 12, 2013

Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem

Last week we had our last line (= department fun day) for the year and our last one as NDS (Cisco doesn’t splash out like this on social events). During the morning we had breakfast in Yemin Moshe, followed by an elaborate treasure hunt in Yemin Moshe and the Old City. I managed to take a few quick snapshots. The photo above is a street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.

Lion fountain, a gift from the German government, in Bloofmield Gardens:

Lion Fountain, Jerusalem

Lion Fountain, Jerusalem

Lion Fountain, Jerusalem

Mishekenot Sha’ananim was the first Jewish neighbourhood (1860) built outside the Old City walls. It’s now a guest house for prominent artists, musicians, and academics visiting Israel. The almond trees have started to bloom.

Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem

Mondays and Thursdays are the weekdays when the Torah is read publicly, which makes these days popular for bar mitzvahs. Here’s a bar mitvah boy under a chuppah, accompanied by relatives and drummers, on his way to the Kotel (Western Wall).

Bar Mitzvah, Old City, Jerusalem

We had to wait outside Zion gate for a while, trying to decipher a clue. I photographed this metal gate outside an Armenian Church.

Gate of Armenian Church

Boys going into Zion gate. I’m not sure what the hats are supposed to be but they were cute.

Boys, Zion Gate, Jerusalem

Dormition Abbey, on Mount Zion, Old City.

Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem

Courtyard of Kinor David restaurant, where we ate lunch. This was taken from the patio on the roof.

Kinor David Restaurant, Jerusalem

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