The West Bank Capital Ramallah
Although Palestinians want it to be Jerusalem, Ramallah is the de facto capital of the country. Being a Christian village around a hundred years ago it js today a more liberal city with cafes, cinemas and even a brewery.
I met a Palestinian university student early in the morning who was happy to show me and an American girl his city for the day. Although we also got to see the most known and popular attractions like the West Bank Headquarters of the Palestinian Authority and the Tomb and Mausoleum of Yasser Arafat, we also got to see some other less known and more personal places. We visited a musical school for Palestinian Refugee Camps andthe Ramallite Dar Zahran Heritage building. Both places it was just the three of us talking to the owners about their work to help Palestinians and preserve their culture.
Ramallah had a special culture and feel to it, and if there was one place in the West Bank where I wish that I could have spent more time it would be there.