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Kelly  Proud Aussie. Supporting my husband in his medical career. Treasuring my tribe of four. Challenging myself in work, travel and study.


View to The Western (Wailing) Wall, a place of pilgrimage and prayer. The wall is thousands of years old and the stones were carved to fit perfectly without the need for mortar. @vibeisrael

Buildings in Jerusalem are made from Jerusalem stone (pale limestone, dolomite and dolomitic limestone) which gives the city that unique golden glow. The current law in Jerusalem requires buildings to be covered in this stone, preserving the look and feel of the city...marrying the ancient and the new. @vibeisrael

My sister @flutterbon told me to try the pomegranate juice in Jerusalem. A youth squeezed it in front of me and the burgundy liquid didn't disappoint. @vibeisrael

It's going to take me a while to process the intricacies of Jerusalem. What an incredible city. I didn't expect it to challenge me intellectually so much. It's hard to explain, but I feel a deep need to sort out the jungle - or in Hebrew I might say 'balagan' which means a (good) mess - of information weaving through my head. When I say a need, I mean I feel a strong sense that grappling with what I saw, felt and learned today, will be significant to my person somehow. I expected to be fascinated by the ancient stones and meaningful places, but I didn't expect this layered city to leave me with such a hunger. This image is a line to represent the thousands of intersecting threads in my mind right now. @vibeisrael @yishay

Lynn from @bluntmoms asked me what my favourite part of the day was. The first thing that popped in my mind was lunch at little place in the Iraqi market called Azora. The food here is seriously incredible and I look forward to every meal. Over lunch I chatted to @yishay about being a dad and the challenges parents face in Jerusalem. There is a beautiful complexity to Jerusalem I didn't anticipate. Yishay explained the intricate layers of society can bring certain challenges to parenting, and yet those same elements produce an openness in his children - flexibility, resilience, and depth of thought. It's something I've noticed about the people here: they have a knack for turning challenges into assets. It made me think. Chats over good food can do that. @vibeisrael

This is the only day our group will be visiting tourist spots in Israel. The rest week I'll be meeting inspiring women and hearing their stories. I'm really looking forward to it. However today, I get to immerse myself in the ancient city of Jerusalem with @yishay as a guide. The bustling markets were brimming with fresh local produce, rows of spices and pastries galore. These doughnuts caught my eye. Because doughnuts.

Just arrived in Jerusalem. Our wonderful guide @yishay will take us through some significant places in this ancient city. @vibeisrael @jerusalemtours @dattravel

Two observations: 1. Sharing food is central eating in Israel. 2. Food is an experience.
Look these beautiful deserts we shared! They each had interesting hidden components. Even my tea was an experienced; served in a small box, it was fun to open it and brew the tea. Bed for me now. Huge day tomorrow (I get to visit Jerusalem!). @vibeisrael @kitchenmarket

This is happiness on a plate.

Gnocchi / Forrest Mushrooms / Shimeji with Parmesan and white truffle oil.
@shazzypeacock you would love this. @vibeisrael @kitchenmarket

This a cracker (served in a rock). @kitchenmarket @vibeisrael

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