January 2, 2005
January 2, I broke from the tour and explored the Old City.
January 2 was the day of the monsoon. Twenty-five years
ago, I visited Jerusalem and found the shouk (traditional
Arab shopping mall) booming with shops, stalls and stands.
However, in January 2005, business was bad. Many shops were
vacant. Shopkeepers complained of the poor economy..
Jaffa Gate, 2 p.m.
Despite the monsoon, it was a rich day for photography. We
photographed rain pouring off roofs. I walked the ramparts
from the Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall. At the Jaffa gate
I witnessed three near-auto accidents, blowing umbrellas,
and excitement from a heavy rain. I stood under a ledge
next to the Citadel of David, trying to avoid the rain.
Suddenly, a crowd poured out of the post office across the
street. Police were everywhere. I never learned what had
happened. Minutes before, I had been in that post
Post office inside Jaffa
Gate, 2 p.m.