Snapshots are mini town/city guides for smaller places or cities I have only experienced briefly. Here’s a little snapshot of Jeruslaem.
What are one’s first impressions of Jerusalem?
The old city in East Jerusalem is one of the nicest places I’ve ever visited. Within its walls, markets burst with life and each quarter (Muslim, Jewish, Christian & Armenian) offers something unique. As a history buff, I was creaming my pants.
But while the setting in magical, a sinister undertone presides. The majority of residents of the old city are Palestinians, but heavily-armed Israeli solders stalk the streets. The occupation is very visible and it’s depressing. The weirdest thing about the city is seeing a “Israeli will prevail” t-shirt in one stall, then a “Free Palestine” tshirt in the next. It’s fucked up.
What are the women like?
I’ve met some gorgeous and sweet Palestinian girls, but they don’t really mix with the Jewish population in West Jerusalem where all the nightlife is. As such, you’ll be mainly meeting Jewish Israeli chicks. There is a good mix of Yemenite Jews (darker types) and Russian & Eastern European Jews (whites, blondes). But apparently most of the real hotties hang out in Tel Aviv.
With all the hype I’ve heard about Israeli girls, the ones in Jerusalem were very disappointing. They dress like men – worse than American women. I didn’t see one chick in a dress or high heels. Some of Russian-types were pretty cute, but in general the standard wasn’t as high as expected – not a patch on Beirut.
The worst thing were the attitudes. Israeli women are forced into the army for two years and many come out the other end as little monsters. The ones from Jerusalem (where the conflict is most intense) are the worst of them. I was only there for one Saturday night, and while some chicks we met were cool, the general impression I was left with wasn’t great.
Bright side, at least the army gets them into shape!
Fortunately, not all Israeli girls are so zealous either. I’m not writing them off just yet. I bedded one in Montenegro who was cool, and a rock-star in bed. The girls in Tel Aviv are supposed to be 10x hotter and cooler, so only when I visit the city will I cast my verdict with a proper report.
Where should I go at night-time?
In West Jerusalem they is good concentration of bars around the meeting of Yaffo street and Rivlin street. It’s the perfect place for a pub crawl. If I remember correctly (I was pretty drunk), the best bar I found for picking up was Sideways. We also also had some bites at Mike’s place.
The Bottom Line
Beautiful city, pity it’s full of people who hate each other.