Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cafe

Being that my boss is overseas, I, too, want US hours and days, which means Sundays off.  Of course, I will have to take them as vacation days, unlike the rest of the world, but that's the best I can have for now. 

So what does one do on a limited budget in Jerusalem?

I went shopping for a bunch of winter stuff at the second-hand store, Ke'Chadash in French Hill.  On the bus  I sat next to a woman who works at the local bank.  I mentioned the word "second-hand" and she repeated the word it as if I had introduced the plague.

"No Israelis shop at second-hand stores.  They like everything new."

"Great!  Less competition for me then."  And off I went buying designer-type sweaters and skirts for $7 each.  Let those silly Israeli women spend $50 and more on stuff that's less quality.  And that includes my kids who also turn up their Canadian-born noses at second hand things.


I then had a light lunch at one of those boutique coffee shops that have been popping up all over the place.  The restaurant is called Cafe Tomer on Rechov HaLamed Heh Street in one of Jerusalem's residential neighborhoods. I often envy those people who have the time to just sit in a cafe and enjoy the peaceful ambience of leisure.  It was just delightful to finally be able to have an inexpensive but delicious cup of onion soup with Pecorino cheese on the side with a roll, plus a great cup of coffee with a chocolate brioche which was a treat made in heaven.  These things I do not take for granted.

5 comments:

ola said...

So if you are a big fan of secondhand stors I'd recommend you to visit a new Jerusalem's vintage store - Havazelet str. A lot of treasures! Good luck!

ola said...

Hallo then! I recommend you to visit a new Jerusalem's vintage store - Havazelet street.Nice place, very good stuff.

jerusalemgypsy said...

yes, I'll certainly have a look.

Anonymous said...

Please post the names and addresses of these two businesses plus the same for any other thrift stores you know of in Jerusalem.... thanks

jerusalemgypsy said...

In the post I gave the names and locations of these places....