The trip to Jerusalem was actually very serious, and will be the subject of its own post at a later time. Last week I was fortunate to be able to participate with my excellent fellow Fulbright friends Mike, Luke and Cooper in a tour of the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. The tours are conducted by Breaking the Silence a group founded by former Israeli soldiers to share the realities of the occupation with civilian Israelis and ex-pats like us. It was sobering, to say the least, and I will write about it on its own in a serious post that I sincerely hope my friends, family and students will read about and discuss.
But on a lighter note, I am happy to report that I can now add "Trivia Night Champion in Jerusalem" to my CV. The guys, who the rest of the Fulbright group collectively refer to as the Carpetlanders (because you cannot help but notice the carpet as a particularly salient feature of their very spacious apartment) are my close neighbors. This has been an enormous stroke of luck for me, because they are tremendous people who I love hanging out with (as well as being awesome and generous cooks). The facts that they like to cook pad thai and other complicated dishes and I like to bake cookies and we all love to discuss current events have paved the way for a symbiotic relationship that a biologist might point out as exemplary.
|The Carpetlanders: Cooper, Mike and Luke.|
I am pleased to say that we dominated the competition. We knew, among other things, the capitol of Uzbekistan (Tashkent), the first pair to successfully summit Mount Everest (Hilary and Norgay), and the country that recently had a law proposed to allow a man to have sex with his wife in the hours immediately after her death (it was not passed, but it was Egypt). Clearly, we Fulbrighters are veritable fonts of useful information. Among the other teams only one, the Three Hamasketeers, matched our score, and we failed to break the tie in two elimination rounds. So, we did the only logical thing and declared both teams as Trivia Night Champs and split our enormous earnings, which just covered a single drink for each us for a mutual toast in honor of our worthy competition and the importance of Trivia Nights among travellers.
|Team Shwomelette Featuring Trish and the Three Hamaskateers pose for a victory photo.|