Yes, today I am going to start learning Arabic. I decided to do this, as we would often be sitting in groups and I sadly wouldn't understand a single word. So I have started. The word, which I started off today's post with directly means "Peace be with you" however here in Palestine it is used as hello.
I spent the morning staying in my room and being productive. Even though I am working on a project presently I need to make sure that some university work is accomplished to not be snowed under, when I start again on the 27th.
I got picked up by Shaban, (yes another name!) who then criticised that I hadn't yet eaten anything. So we went to a sandwich shop, which was a mix of a subway shop and a kebab house. It was genuinely delicious.
He then decided to drive me around, explaining and informing me in great detail about the culture and ideas of the city. Within Palestine, Hebron is one of the most religious cities, to the extent that there are no places to buy alcohol, no cinemas and no tattoo parlours as all these things go against Islamic scriptures.
H1 and H2. Hebron is split into these two districts. H2 is controlled by an Israeli army government, and H1 is under Palestinian authority. Shaban drove me through H2, which includes the 3000 year old city (2nd oldest in the world). However what surprised me, was the fact that there wasn't a wall, no border, no soldiers, no watchtowers and Palestinian number plates were allowed. I was surprised, no tension at least none that I noticed. However, Shaban himself never goes into H2 as he personally didn't feel safe nor comfortable. So clearly even though for me as an outsider there wasn't apparent tension yet for the Palestinians there clearly was.
Right now, as I am finished off this article, I am eating room service french fries because even though the food is really great; after a while the amount of meat really gets to you.