Jerusalem, first glimpse of the Old City
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We had an early morning, had breakfast in the hostel and packed our stuff. It was time to go to Jerusalem, one of the highlights of my trip. We needed to take a bus to the bus station and asked at reception. They told us to take the 301 at the bus stop in Ha'Atzmaut street, less than 5 minutes walk from the hostel, and buy the ticket to Jerusalem in that same bus, altogether with the urban ride. Handy! That way, we didn't need to bother to buy the ticket in the bus station. Once at the station, we went straight to the bus to Jerusalem and, in less than 20min, we were on our way.
After 2h30 hours we arrived in Jerusalem Central Bus Station. Getting out of there was quite stressful, everybody pushing trying to get past the metal detector gate asap.
Entering Jerusalem Old City was like getting back in time (except for the street repair works...). It took us a couple of minutes to reach the hotel, checked in and went to the room, dropped our backpacks and went straight to the roof terrace to check out the view. It was awesome! We would enjoy a few great sunsets from there!
We went for lunch and talked about what to do for the rest of the day. We decided to do the Ramparts Walk in the afternoon.
There were lots of people praying by the Wall, men at the bigger left side and women at the smaller right side. We wrote a little note and put it in the wall too. It was difficult to find a spot where the note wouldn't fall out, but after a few tries, I got it! We wandered a bit around the square, watching people come and go... that's something I've always enjoyed. After a while, we made our way back to the hostel. Leaving behing the revolving door to exit the Plaza, we started our way up to Jaffa Gate.
Not much after that... quiet time in the roof watching sunset and off for some dinner.