© Aurélie Dardouret
Qalqilia
Half-pipes and taxidermy up against the wall

In this city encircled by the separation wall, some inhabitants say they’re bored to death. But this town of 40 000 souls has some big surprises in store for foreigners. You can start by visiting the zoo, which survives thanks to the determination of the incredible Dr. Khader, veterinarian, taxidermist and genius inventor. Between the cages holding his stuffed animals and the museum of strange things, one gets a feel of the absurd situation of this occupied city. After taking a walk in the green streets, go check out the skate ramp built by the X-Games Team, a beautiful team of skaters, rollers and breakdancers. If you’re comfortable on wheels, this is the best place to try the ollie.