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Trip to Abu Ghosh

March 13, 2010

Agi and I walked to Abu Ghosh, one of the most ancient inhabited sites in Israel, about 5 kilometers away from the kibbutz, today.  Many Israelis like to visit the Arab town because the restaurants there are open on Shabbat, and many tourists come to visit the Crusader church.  Recently, it has been known for the Guinness Book record-breaking hummus, which was served in a satellite dish to hundreds.

To reach Abu Ghosh, we walked through a portion of the Israeli national trail, through some of the kibbutz’s vineyards, where the Thai workers were surprisingly working on this hot Shabbat day!  We reached Ein Rafa, made our way through the small Arab town with fairly large white stone homes, and then passed Ein Hemed National Park, which was closing when we got there.  Ein Hemed has a spring and stream running through it, and looked very inviting due to the extreme heat!  We also randomly saw a camel grazing near the entrance, very much out of its natural habitat.  After crossing the highway, we reached Abu Ghosh, which was crowded with cars.  We had a chance to visit the Crusader church before it closed, and enjoyed the beautiful gardens and dark crypt.

We walked around the town a bit more to look at the houses and shops, and then we ate hummus served with pita, meat and salads.  We were able to get a ride back to the kibbutz from a co-worker of Agi’s from the dining room, who lives in Abu Ghosh.  It was interesting to visit a place in Israel that was not predominately Jewish; I am glad that I now speak some Hebrew, because a lot of the residents do not speak English.  I hope to visit Ein Hemed before I return home- I now have less than 2 weeks left in the ulpan!