Yes, you got it right: we’re back in Italy. Almost three weeks ago we said goodbye Jerusalem and hi Italy.
We didn’t write anything before, mainly because we needed time. Time to get used again to the Italian life, time to post all the things we wanted to share with you about our travel, time to recover. The truth is we had planned to stay until the 9th of August in Jerusalem, and we already had a flight ticket for that day. But we decided to leave exactly one month earlier.
It was a hard decision: I was in the middle of a university course that I would have liked to conclude, we had just paid the last month rent and the flight ticket was not refundable. But on the 8th of July, at 11 pm we decided it was time to leave the country, and in 24 hours we landed in Milan.
The situation had become very tough in the last month: Jerusalem was the field of many violent demonstrations. People were very nervous and you could feel the tension in the air. Israelis and Palestinians keep living and try to maintain an ordinary life in such situations, and we did the same as much as possible. But for us each day was more stressful than the preceding one and we realized that the money, the course, the city were far less important than our mental, spiritual and physical sanity.
These first weeks have passed by quickly and we are still in a sort of limbo. We watch the news and every image of destroyed lives in Gaza is like a stab in the stomach. We hear an alarm, a helicopter or an airplane and we still look at each other and feel the fear of hearing the rocket alarm and having to run to a shelter.
Our Jerusalemite experience has ended in a very sudden way and although we still need time to think about and understand what we have been through, we have lived an incredible life in Jerusalem. So here is a sort of recap:
We have also learned a couple of things that we feel like sharing with you, so here they are:
– If you want to do, see, taste, try something, do it immediately and don’t leave it for another moment: we wanted to go to an Ethiopian restaurant we had tried many years ago, but we postponed our dinner too much and we wanted to visit Nablus but never found the right time.
– See problems in perspective: we have learnt that not everything is awful and difficult and luckily a good amount of the things one worries about are very simple and some are just complains.
– Have no expectations, but never stop dreaming about all the possible incredible things that might happen to you.
– Travel as much as possible, be curious, observe, talk, let other people show you and teach you their life, their principles, their soul: it can be hard sometimes but every little piece of culture that we have met has made us richer individuals and we will treasure it as the most precious gift.
P.s: we decided to take a little summer break from the blog, so we’ll probably be back in September, hopefully full of energy!!!