There is no city more named in history than the city of Jerusalem. Being attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice. Making it one of the oldest cities in the world and one of the most complex and fought over. For me, it feels like a sort of second home by now.
My favorite places vary from the old city to the new city's vibrant parts, like the Mahane Jehuda market. There is always so much going on. You see pilgrims going to all of the holy sites, Israeli's and Palestinian coexisting and make somehow most of the situation. On the one hand, you see a very modern lifestyle with bars live music and craft beer, and on the other, you see traditions being continued.
My key moment was the first day I arrived. An old Palestinian man with his grandson asking an Israeli solder to take a photograph of them together. Other than that, I have met so many beautiful souls and had so many beautiful moments that I can't count them on my hand and feet anymore. And I am sure everyone that will visit the old city of Jerusalem will find them instantly. It literally is a place of magic.
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