Aug 30 2020
An introduction to Stories from Palestine
This is Stories from Palestine podcast, a podcast recorded IN Palestine and ABOUT Palestine. My name is Kristel and I am your host. I have been coming to Palestine since 2006 and in 2013 I moved from the Netherlands to get married and start a family with my Palestinian husband. We live in Beit Safafa between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. We run Singer Cafe and al Jisser bar in Beit Sahour and I teach zumba classes in Bethlehem. We live on one side of the Israeli segregation wall and we work and have our social life on the other side. We cross checkpoints every day. We are able to travel around most of historical Palestine except for Gaza, because we have the Jerusalem ID. This means we do not have Israeli citizenship nor the Palestinian passport. We are residents only and we could loose that residency if we did not live in Jerusalem anymore.In the Netherlands I studied history and tour guiding and I used to work as a teacher and as a tour guide. Since several years I teach a course called 'ethics of tour guiding' at the Bethlehem Bible College, about all the important practical aspects of the tour guiding profession. And last summer I graduated myself from the tour guiding program.Due to the Covid pandemic tourism in Palestine came to a complete halt and that's why I started Stories from Palestine podcast in August 2020. Every week you can listen to a new story related to the history, cultural heritage, flora and fauna, art, music, traditions and the current day reality in Palestine. Some episodes are recorded by myself but most of them are interviews and often recorded on location or during an excursion. So listening to these episodes is like a virtual audio tour that takes you all the way to Palestine from wherever you are. Connect to Stories from Palestine on social media, follow the YouTube channel and sign up for the weekly e-mail. You can find all the links in the linktree: you enjoy listening to the podcast, please support me to continue. Buy me a coffee (or a falafel sandwich) for only 3 dollar on the Kofi-platform. It is highly appreciated!!