Sama Nablus – the Nablus Sky
A servees to Aseera from the central taxi station will take passengers to the An-Najah mustashfa (hospital) for 2.5₪. From there it is a few minutes’ walk to a mountaintop park filled with restaurants. It is one of Nablus’ most popular spots to visit and picnic, getting crowded after nightfall. A Palestinian friend took me and my roommate here in my second week and we watched the sunset.
I visited again for a surprise birthday party a couple of weeks ago and the PA police were called because the birthday crowd was singing too enthusiastically. However, they only showed their faces then gracefully retreated at the sight of sober girls in hijab.
This lovely old village near Nablus is walkable in an hour, but I took a private taxi with the aforementioned Palestinian friend. We wandered the old town, a prickly pear hotspot, and at sundown meditated on the clifftop.
The beautiful view, from West Bank farmland to the Mediterranean, encompasses Tel Aviv (Tel ar-Rabiaa in Arabic) and Netanya. For one night only, the view was surpassed by my shaven head as no. 1 tourist attraction.
An Israeli settlement backs on to the village, and it was a struggle to enjoy the view peacefully with the knowledge of recent violence.