Monday, June 21, 2010

I Saw Elvis on the Road to Jerusalem

Yes, I did indeed see Elvis on the road to Jerusalem. While taking a bus tour of Israel back in 1994, the bus taking us from Haifa to Jerusalem made a stop at a gift shop that is a shrine to Elvis and his music. There’s a statue of Elvis out front that is at least two meters tall atop a two-meter pedestal. Inside the shrine, Elvis’ music plays nonstop. The walls are covered with photos of Elvis and you can buy any manner of Elvis memorabilia. I was once again reminded of the ubiquity of American influence throughout the world.

(My collaborator tells me the title of this essay sounds like the title of a good country song.)

Here is a picture taken by blogger Daniel Hames of the place to which I am referring.

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