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June 10, 2012


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I'm really enjoying your photos on FB. The blog posting here provides more background, which is fun. Thanks esp for the comments about the Wailing Wall. I didn't know there were separate sections for men and women, although it didn't surprise me.

Why isn't Doug allowed to to use public transport in the West Bank?

Doug M.

Christine, it's because USAID personnel -- and, sometimes, USAID contractors -- are subject to a bewildering array of security-related restrictions. I guess if I rode on a bus, someone might kidnap me?

The major security threats that we've seen so far have been taxi drivers who pass on curves going uphill, then try to charge you double the going rate. And, um, in the evenings the mosquitoes get pretty bad? But nobody wants to be the guy who changes the safety rule AND THEN SOMETHING HORRIBLE HAPPENED. So.

Doug M.


What's better than Baedeker? The Muir Muir Cultural/Historical Guides for Local Living. If we ever get to visit there, I'm going to take your info with. Thanks for sharing your perspectives.


Christine - women do have to be clothed modestly, i.e. no bare arms and legs (although I have seen bare arms), and if possible a scarf, too. I had the impression this was handled generously but I don't like to step on toes and had a scarf handy. I have an image that shows the fence (yes, an actual fence) dividing the two sections (the one for men is much bigger) which I will post to FB for you.

Thanks for asking questions. Our learning curves are so steep right now, it's almost hard to remember we didn't know these things last week, either!


Aw, Lorraine, thank you! It didn't quite turn out the post I wanted to write but the Doug's Jericho one is a hoot. ;-)


I totally agree with Lorraine - if I ever get to Israel or Palestine, I will re-read your posts to know what "off the beaten track" places to go! Really enjoying this. I'm sure more questions will follow.

And thanks to Doug for answering the question about public transport. I suspected it was security-related, but wasn't sure if there was some obscure policy thing that I didn't know about.

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