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Nov 18, 2019 - the pre-trip begins

We awoke at 3:30am not because we felt well rested, but because our jet lagged bodies determined this was not the time of day we should be sleeping. The hotel has been very quiet since we arrived here, so when it was finally time to have breakfast, we were shocked to see the breakfast room buzzing with people. From what our inquiring ears could hear, none of them spoke English as a first language. A huge tour group looked Filippino or maybe Indonesian and smaller clusters of people looked and dressed European, but spoke no language I could...

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Feb 6, 2018 - Exploring Ramallah

After a leisurely breakfast, we decided to go exploring. Getting a map in the lobby, we ran into some fellow travelers and our tour leader, Abed. Getting our general bearings, we left the hotel towards the ‘old city’. Exiting the hotel, we noticed lots of security, Palestinian police, buses and many, many government/state cars at our hotel . Today and tomorrow at our hotel there is a conference of 23 to 26 Muslim countries representing Muslim youth to establish Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. Just a side note - there have been 24...

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Mar 8, 2016 - Jericho and the Dead Sea

Jericho is a small city near the Northern end of the Dead Sea that has a great biblical story. Joshua brought the Jews across the Jordan and then conquered and destroyed Jericho by using trumpets to knock down the walls. What's near Jericho now is a monastery built into the actual side of the cliff facing the valley. It's called Temptation Monastery and overlooks the part of the desert people believe Jesus spent his 40 days of fasting and afterwards being tempted by the devil. We didn't go up to the monastery, but went part way for a nice...

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Dec 22, 2012 - The Walls of Qalandia Checkpoint

I spent the day at Birzeit University discussing opportunities to conduct joint research, get assistance with my project and generally connect with an important intellectual community in the West Bank. Luckily the visit went very well and I did not have to go through the Qalandia Checkpoint. The Qalandia Checkpoint is one of the largest Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. The checkpoint is actually built on Palestinian territory - not on a border between Palestine and Israel. The purpose of the checkpoint is to separate...

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Palestine Freedom

Dec 16, 2012 - Ramalla

Ramallah is composed of “Ram,” an Aramaic word that means “high place or mountain” and “Allah,” the Arabic word for God - literally "Height of God." Ramallah serves as the de facto administrative capital of the Palestinian National Authority. It is home to the numerous NGOs who work through out the West Bank and Gaza. It also served as the ruling center of power for Yasser Arafat whose tomb is located in the Center. I traveled to Ramallah to spend time with Penny who is the administrator of PARC which is located in Ramallah. I enjoyed a...

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Palestine Freedom

Dec 11, 2012 - Day 9 Jerusalem Mt. Herodion Gihon Spring Pool of Siloam and the Western Wall

Amazing day in Jerusalem even with the light rain that we had for most of the day. We started the day with a drive to Mt. Herodion. King Herod build the out of dirt he brought in until we had a large enough are to go to if things got crazy in the city. We walked up and through the water cistern tunnels to the top and had a sweet (if a bit wet with the rain) time of worship. I kept thinking on the climb up the many steps of all the Moms that I have had climbs steps during labor. I sure today with all of the stairs that happened, they would...

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Israel 12-12-12

Dec 10, 2012 - Day 8 From Eilat to Jerusalem

Lots of driving today and I tried to sleep for most of it since I am feeling a bit sleep deprived.... It's hard to sleep though when you have the leading Archeologist in Israel as your guide. So much amazing historical information from someone who actually knows the land in such a concrete way. We drove from Eilat north along the Aravah Desert to Dimona. Then through Be'er Sheba, the city of Abraham and Isaac. This is where Isaac dug the first well of the Hebrew people in God's Promised Land and swore and oath "Shevuha" to God that He and...

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Israel 12-12-12

Sep 15, 2012 - Old Jerusalem

on the 15th of Sept I am off at 09:30 to meet my tour group at Mount Olives overlooking the city of Jerusalem (looking to west)where it is very green and nice, on the other side of Mount Olive looking to the east is the Judean Desert very dry and brown what a contrast you can see standing in one stop. From the top of Mount Olives we head to the Dung gate and a walk to the Western Wall as the day is Saturday and the sabbath for the Jewish people no camera can be used. Next we follow along the Via Dolorosa (the stations of the cross) there...

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world trip 2012

Sep 14, 2012 - Massada, the Dead Sea

the 14th of Sept was off to the Western Bank crossing into the Judean Desert along the dead sea to the hill top fortress of King Herod, Massada, a cable car ride to top of the mountain to explore the ruins of the fort. Massada was the place of the last hold out for a group of Jewish people from the roman armies, there were some 1000 men, women and children inside, when the roman armies broke though the walls, the men killed their wives and children so they would not be raped and made into slaves of the Romans, then the last 10 men draw...

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world trip 2012

Sep 12, 2012 - Jericho, Bethleham, and City of David

On the 12th of Sept my tour took me to Jericho the lowest city in the world and is over 1000 feet below sea level and a view of Mount Temptation before heading out of Palestine and back to the Israel side of Israel, heading to Bethlehem where we go to the Manger Square home of one of the worlds oldest churches, the church of the Nativity the place where Jesus was born, then on to Church of St Catherine, the Shepherd's Field. On the 13th of Sept we start our tour on top of Mount Olives where you can see the whole valley of Jerusalem, being...

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Jan 23, 2012 - The Dead Sea

Got up in Tiberias in Galilee. I decided it was hard to leave. In some ways, Galilee was my favorite part of the trip. Was fun to walk along the streets of Tiberias, talk to the locals. Galilee is open and green, not exactly like Jerusalem, or what we experienced in Jordan. Nevertheless, the trip we are on does not allow much in the way of flexibility. I suppose that is the downside of traveling with a group of 12 people. We had breakfast at the hotel, packed, and loaded the bus. We set out along the Jordan River all the way back down to...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Dead Sea

In the morning I was up early, thanks to my increasingly rude roommate who refuses to put her phone on silent at night, and I headed out to the ancient Kerak Crusader Castle on the King’s Highway enroute to the Dead Sea. The Castle became a place of legend during the 12th century battles between the Crusaders and the Muslim armies. The fortifications of the Castle dominate the town of Kerak and parts of it are interspersed within the town buildings. From Kerak Castle I continued to travel north along the King's Highway to float in the Dead...

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Taking the Long Way

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