While the rest of Israel and world goes about its business,
in and around Jerusalem it is not back to normal yet.
Snow and fallen trees are piled higher than a bus stop.
This is just #blizzrael – Blizzard – Israel – Unreal.
If you have lived through a large snow storm,
then you are familiar with these grey piles of plowed mess on street corners,
trying to walk around them,
and sharing the space on the cleared streets with slow traffic.
But this is Jerusalem, Israel, not Boston, Buffalo or Brooklyn,
so there are plenty of palm branches on the ground too.
Another difference, people here do not leave a piece of furniture
on the street hoping to save their parking spot.
Most of the pretty white images from yesterday are gone.
There was one pretty scene in front of Beit Hanassi, the President’s residence,
I guess the President’s staff gave up on clearing the sidewalk,
hoping the sun would do the work for them.
It was warming up finally,
and this man was out in shorts.
The Jerusalem cats were back in their favorite spots,
but the Paris Square Fountain was not flowing.
I have dozens more not-so-pretty photos of mountains of snow,
but I won’t bore you with so many of them.
The clean up equipment was out,
only I always seem to find them on a break.
It is still a great time for tree-trimmers who work with large chain saws.
Along with the sounds of cars honking in blocked traffic,
is the welcome sound of buzzing of chain saws.
Just look at the amount and size of some of timber that was cut
and left in front of the Jerusalem Theater.
Now is a good time to collect wood for your fireplaces.
With so many scenes like this one on Emek Refaim Street,
and these dangerous snowy and icy walkways,
it is no wonder that a few guys’ crazy idea to run to Eilat,
doesn’t seem so crazy anymore.
That is confetti not snow, as the runners
left First Station at the start of their 36 hour, 360 km relay race.
Good luck guys!
We finally got full power back after a week,
so as long as it lasts I am going to
keep my feet dry