As you may or may not know, a while ago I got the chance to explore the city of Jerusalem.
I spent 6 days there to attend my first TBEX and I enjoyed every minute of it.
While there were loads of awesome experiences that I had in the city and there are plenty of cool places that are very worthy of being visited – there is one place in the city of Jerusalem that I loved the most.
And that was the Machane Yehuda Market!
“You’re shaking … so am I. It’s because of Jerusalem, isn’t it?
One doesn’t go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That’s one of its mysteries.” – Elie Wiesel.
An enigmatic city that often gets misunderstood and misrepresented, but offers so much reward for those who dare to visit themselves.
After visiting the city for what was probably the fifth time, I realised that I never knew what this city was about and I’m almost embarrassed at how little appreciation I had for it.
I discovered that Jerusalem is one of the most enigmatic cities in the world and has so much to offer, but because of its famous history, importance in three of the major religions and reputation in the media, it often gets overlooked.
If you’re familiar enough with the travel blogging industry to know of TBEX, you may know that the conference was held in Jerusalem a few months ago.
Being that TBEX is the industry’s biggest conference, many travel bloggers and industry professionals flocked to Jerusalem for the week and had the chance to fully experience this very surprising & underrated city.
Now, I’m not going to talk about TBEX, because despite having had a fantastic time, I don’t really like talking about blogging on my blog.
But I am bringing this up because for many of the visitors who were coming in for the conference, it was their first time in Israel!
A short while ago, I was in the city of Jerusalem for my very first TBEX conference.
For those of you who may not know, TBEX is the travel blogging industry’s biggest conference and they decided to hold one in Jerusalem.
This was great for me as I live in the country and I had made it my goal to attend a TBEX in 2017 anyway.
So I spent six days at the end of March attending keynotes, meeting loads of new people and exploring the heck out of this city.
I came into Jerusalem thinking that I already knew what it was about.
But what I discovered shocked me.
What kind of associations does your mind come up with when someone mentions this city?
Religious. Historic. Perhaps Tension & Disputes. Perhaps even simply, Old.
Jerusalem certainly has that reputation. And that reputation doesn’t make the city sound like a very appealing city to visit, does it? I wouldn’t blame you if those were the associations that your mind had.
Jerusalem is the capital city of a country that I’ve lived in for 9 years now. Just a few years shy of half my life.
I’ve been to the city many times; on school trips and the like.
And as a result, I thought I knew what this city was all about – that it was religious, historic, old and yes, that there was perhaps a bit of tension and some disputes.
I had never felt drawn to explore the city beyond what my history teachers showed me. I admittedly made the mistake that that’s all that there was to Jerusalem and I didn’t feel drawn to explore further.
But boy was I wrong!
Hey everyone! 🙂
How have you all been doing? I hope you’re all doing well.
March has been a very busy, but very awesome month for me.
I attended my first TBEX where I met so many wonderful people and learned so much about travel blogging and the industry. And I also had a great time exploring the city of Jerusalem, which was where this TBEX conference was held.
So expect a lot of different posts about my time in the city and the experiences I had there in the future, because I had a BLAST!
But now we’re in April and that means that as well as April Fool’s Day, Good Deeds Day 2017 happened!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m quite passionate about positivity and being a positive presence and force in this world.
Whether that’s being a leader of a whole, world-changing movement, or simply practicing kindness & compassion with those around us, I believe in being as positive of a presence as you can. If you’re living and breathing, your presence affects others – so I’d personally like to make mine a consciously positive one.
In fact, that’s partly why I created my monthly Stories For A Smile series.
Because not only do these stories remind us of the good that there is in the world, it can also inspire us to do good ourselves. Even in simple & small ways.
But, I’ll have to admit, I could be better at this.