Right before our trip to Alsace and the Black Forest last month, our 10-year old washer decided to go on holiday as well. Unfortunately I still needed to launder quite a few things before I could pack and the timing was, well, it was Murphy’s Law at work. So we left the house with fewer clothes and went on vacation for almost 10 days.
Towards the end of our trip we stopped at the Schwarzwalder Freilichtuseum, an open-air museum that has quite a number of very old farmhouses and workshops, and I couldn’t help but notice the washboard, laundry wringer and the clothes cleverly drying under the enormous eaves of this farmhouse. It made me even more aware of what was waiting for me when I arrived home! Regardless, it certainly made me appreciate both modern appliances (running water, FTW!) and the amount of plain hard work required to keep up such a lifestyle in earlier centuries.
The “Nabatean” Suq at Mamshit-Passover 2013
We’ve been playing with various GPS programs on our phones in order to see how well they work and over the Passover holiday we drove down to Mamshit National Park, which is just east of Beersheva and not far from HaMakhtesh HaGadol. Mamshit is one of the Nabatean “Spice Route” cities in the Negev, along with Avdat and Shivta, which are about an hour’s drive away.
In Hebrew the site’s name is Mamshit (ממשית), but finding it in Waze proved a bit of a challenge, especially if English is your default language and without a Hebrew keyboard. Place names in English on the map tend to be transliterations from either Hebrew or Arabic rather than their accepted English name. This makes finding them an extra bit of puzzled confusion. I shouldn’t blame Waze, really. It’s a problem that plagues searches in Google Maps as well.
I also have to wonder how well the people who added place names in Waze knew Hebrew, let alone English. Besides the obvious error of ”Mamashit” (there is such a word, but not as the name of the Nabatean city), I’ve run into countless instances of addresses such as “Bnei Ephraim” which means “Sons of Ephraim” appearing as Benny Ephraim. Full stop.
Since Waze is a “community driven” (ha!) app, I posted in the Waze local forum about the trouble with English place names. Hopefully it will be addressed.
Or the Sea of Galilee, after a very rainy winter. Looking north towards Capernum and, yes, that is a palm tree in the water. The lake level dropped so much during our 8-year drought that trees have taken root in the exposed soil around the perimeter.
This was taken at Ein Gev on the east shore of the lake, where we had a fish lunch along with about 400 Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. Only later did we hear on the news that three stray cannon rounds from the conflict in Syria hit the southern end of the Golan Heights, just a short distance from here.
(Full Gallery over on Random Acts)