Today, I was invited to sit in in an undergraduate class at Haifa University on the social and cultural history of Europe from the late Middle Ages.
It was fascinating.
First there was lots on the nobility of Italy. Then we looked at the concept of
limpieza de sangre
in Spain, which I used to teach about in Manchester. The next class was on food and fashion sense during the same period, which included the origins of the
Very interesting the topics which interest Israeli academics!. And extremely good for the Hebrew.
Then on the way back, I experienced my first near accident. Near where I live, the 37 bus swerved to avoid a car which was heading towards it. We were all jolted, and a female passenger fell on the floor. Immediately, the student next to me (who was an Arab) rushed towards the elderly Russian passenger and offered assistance.
The driver insisted on taking the names and address of three other passengers, including me, as witnesses, in case it goes further.
And when he saw that I was English, he opened his mouth and sounded like someone from the BBC, circa the 1930s, if not a member of the royal family.
This city never fails to amaze.