We are now coming back to the entrance of the city again. Yep, this tour was not planned very well.
Here you can see the Paz station. This is the gas station where people tell you to meet them, instead of picking you up from your house.
There is a very popular tremping technique (known as hitchhiking in other countries, and thus dangerous in other countries) in Israel, where you use the phone to get the tremp from somebody who is not a stranger. What makes this hitchhiking, is that your friend treats you as a stranger, once you enter their car. The one with the car knows that they are getting a call, as their ‘friend’ does not want to chip in for gas. As such, they do not pick them up from their house, nor do they drop them off anywhere near their destination.
If going to the same destination, it is fine to get out once the car is parked. If not, the passenger-stranger-friend must jump out along the way, somewhere in traffic, not causing any inconvenience to their friend-driver. If inconvenience is caused, there will never be another tremp opportunity. This comes from a long standing tradition in Jerusalem to not go out of ones way to help.
The reason for meeting at the gas station is to hint to the passenger to chip in for the gas.
Kanfei Nesharim is the street we are on right now and the area. This is the home of the famous Angel’s Bakery, who has helped feed the Israelis throughout the many wars and has still not figured out how to make a tasty rugulach. As they are also living with the theme ‘טעם של פעם,’ ‘The the taste of Old,’ they have not changed the ingredients to the ancient chocolate rugulach. The ancient rugulach, which was apparently traditionally made dry and with very little chocolate.
Off of Kanfei Nesharim are a number of different areas and industrial parks, as they have nothing to do with touring.
Nefesh BNefesh is located down there, if you want more people to make you feel guilty about just visiting.
The Post Office is located down there, with no space for a car to park or drive through, for those of you who have packages to pick up.
You can see all the many buildings, built in the parking lots, which is why we are going to continue our tour and go back to Herzl Road.
You can see the Jerusalem Walking bridge. Really part of the central bus station area, connecting to Kiryat Moshe. Kiryat Moshe is where Rav Kook’s Yeshiva is, Merkaz HaRav. This is the starting point for Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem day, as
Designed by the German architect in the 1920s, Richard Kaufmann, Kiryat Moshe was also not built on a grid, to make it impossible to find your way out of the neighborhood. The same way Beit HaKarem and the following neighborhood of Bayit Vagan were made to not be accessible. For these reasons, Jews have historically settled in these areas, once they got stuck in them.
People use walking bridges to walk up stairs and over a street. You could also Jwalk and be there much quicker.
Watch out for walking tickets, as terror is too hard for the cops to deal with.
Catching pedestrians is the strong point of the Jerusalem police and we take pride in their expertise.