It’s April when I pass a massive gate made of ice and I am humbly greeted by two unicorns connected by their heads.
Further on, a slippery bridge invites me to carefully receive a closer look of blue lights, which represent a frozen waterfall.
All around me are ice sculptures representing vegetation of ages past, including colorful icy mushrooms.
I look at the drawing that must have started it all….
…. and I walk by a variety of weird-looking creatures.
One of them is busy eating….
…. while another watches the room (see the top right of the photo below).
Reigning the room is a sculpture of two huge dinosaurs, who show affection to one another.
In the next room, a fancy convertible made of ice is parked next to a pub made of ice. A sign promises this very car will be available in Jerusalem – I guess the non-icy one – on June 13.
Last year’s Ice City also included a pub, which got me wondering if actual food or something to drink was served during peak times. I once again find myself here in the last minute – so I settle for memories of drinking water in a glass made of ice at the Glaciarium, the glacier museum at El Calafate, Argentina.
And, of course, I smile when I see this ice sculpture of US president Barack Obama standing behind an icy Israeli flag. It reminds me of the madness that took over Israel during the president’s March visit here.
Unfortunately, it is then time to pass by another curtain – and return to reality. Last year, the friend I came with took time to defrost. This time, I’m here with Sabina of Solo Female Traveler and Traveling the Middle East. This time, Sabina takes time to defrost. I expect the same to happen to me. After all, it was a little cold outside when we arrived.
No such luck.
The moment we move the heavy curtain, the (relatively) warm air strikes me and my body instantly misses the cold. Had we not been in a hurry, I would have rushed back in and stayed in the dreamy, frozen temperatures until the festival’s employees decided it was time to go home.
Would you move to an Ice City? What would you want to eat or drink at an ice pub?