Amman from 50 miles away

I took up jogging/running again. The first couple of weeks was really difficult due to all the hills around here. There is no way you can run more than 100 yards without running into some sort of hill. Now I am up to 5 miles. I could not sleep on morning after waking at 4 a.m. Since the route I planned the night before is lit all night, I went ahead and took off until 5 a.m. The sun was not quite up yet by then, but the city of Amman was clearly visible from our house. It took 4 different exposure pictures to create this HDR image, but you really can’t tell. It looks pretty natural, which I am please with.

Chicken coop from trash

There is trash everywhere. Somehow most residents of the village, and the others like it, do not like to use the dumpsters. They simply toss their trash anywhere convenient. They then burn them before the piles get too high. I don’t understand the mentality, I really don’t. I found a pretty big pile of cabinet boards. I could not let them get burned up, so I decided to make a chicken coop with it. It took a couple of weekends, but it turned out very functional. We then got six chicks for starter.

1st Annual Isawiyya Run

1st Annual Isawiyya Run was the first of its kind around the Jerusalem area organized and participated by Arabs. The streets were packed and energy was bursting from every corner. Town’s pride glowed everywhere. It’s good to see such celebration in this town instead of the usual riot clash between the youth and the police.
This is a rough edit. I will probably polish it up with an interview of an organizer.

Old City

We are back in Israel again. We’ve been here for a year now. The funny thing is that I have not had a chance to visit the Wailing Wall of Old City. That is, until today. I don’t appreciate it as much as others since I don’t understand the full history of the Old City in general. I guess I have a lot of reading to do!
I took a few video snapshots on the way to the wall. The Arab girls were more than willing to comply when asked if they wanted their picture taken.