Well – today's life in Jerusalem is like this: there are plenty of folks out to keep our upcoming LeSEA group company – and even better – the weather has cooled back down!
Yesterday was like an oven but today we have some clouds and a good strong cool breeze.
What do we do over here to keep cool in the desert heat of the summer?
If you live in the Jewish quarter you probably have air conditioning. But the rest of us in the old city do things like putting water on courtyards and hanging wet sheets or towels near doorways and windows,
For our family, we have these really thick walls we live in. They are more than a yard wide! These Mamluk built walls insulate from the heat and also keep us warm in the winter – they are great!
Like other Mediterranean cultures, some folks close up their businesses and head home for a few hours during the hottest part of the day. Others, who may be peddling their wears, keep moving with the shade as the sun crosses the sky.
Many people are envious of our high desert weather, all without humidity, but you have to love an environment that doesn't see much rain. It really only rains here for about 5 or 6 weeks a year.
Some believe that during Biblical times some people say the environment was a bit greener – and therefore less hot. But all this has changed through centuries of 'scorched earth' policies applied by occupying armies.
But when you come here today you will see that some areas have re-grown with the help and aid of many who care about this hot and holy land.
Thanks for checking in, and we'll see some of you soon!