So now the gated Andromeda Community compound is open to us, the Jaffa general public as well. Decisions were made and the public interest was found to be of greater importance than that of the well-to-do inhabitants of "Andromeda": no more gates, no more security checks, no more entrance refused.
My victorious walk inside was a little less sweet than expected.
Inside Andromeda, well, the garden is well tended, there are many flowers, clipped grass, but the truth.. i didn't like it very much. "Orientalist kitsch" is the term that comes to mind. The massive buildings stand close to each other. There is little privacy. In Ajami, our buildings are smaller-scaled and they stand away one from the other. Of course some flats have a lovely view of Jaffa's old harbour and the sea. But mostly the view is one of other buildings. The walk paths are narrow. They do not remind me of Old Jaffa's little narrow alleys. And for that people pay millions? Hell.
True, it's clean, well tended but, actually, it's pig ugly (sorry pork lovers), cheap looking, a fake.
I haven't seen such awful sculpture in ages. Worthy of a wedding hall or as a background object for an Almodovar movie. Where does one find such items? I guess there must be stores or galleries around carrying that kind of stuff. Ouch, my eyes are sore.
Am i a snob? Perhaps, in a way, kitsch can be fun, when it doesn't take itself seriously. The scale at Andromeda is... very serious.
There is a lovely view of the harbor from some points within the compound. The overpowering smell of orange and lilac flowers is magical. The sound of the running water all around evens out the noise coming from the busy Yefet road nearby, but it doesn't make up for the mmm how to put it nicely, fake feeling of the place. Jaffa for Disney-land lovers, that's what it is.