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Feb 2, 2011 - day 8- Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea and Jericho

Wednesday 9:30 pm Jerusalem Another Great Day! we left early, about 7:45 and headed down the roadto Jericho. and Literally I mean DOWN- We drop almost 4,000 feet over 29 miles. However, it was nice to head for the desert and warmer weather. We crossed two spots where the water was crossing the road from yesterdays rain in the highter lands but not too deep fortunately. Spotted a little wildlife along the way, an Ibis is the local brand of deer, fairly small with very long straight horns that go straight back along it back. Josepheus...

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Israel 2011

Feb 1, 2011 - In Search of Warmer weather!

Jerusalem Wednesday 6am We have an early call to be on the bus by 7:45 today. We are heading for the Dead Sea, Qumran, En Geddi, and Masada. That is, if the roads are open! the rain in Jerusalem all runs off that way and the roads have been flooded. Jerusalem is 2,700 ft above sea level and the dead sea is 1,300 below- so we will make a 4,000 ft descent to get there. But the guide promises it will be warmer- the weather is supposed to break today and be better for the week. these are wonderful sites and I amready to get out of the city...

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Israel 2011

Feb 1, 2011 - Day 7, Ok, so it must only be Tuesday

Tuesday- 8:48 PM- Jerusalem I am Tired! I think the combination of the pace we have been going and the cool weather (Yes Montana, I know how cold it is there) and Rain is starting to take its toll. every day we have had someone stay at the Hotel because they were sick- yesterday 5 stayed and today 6 out of ourtotal group of 45- So Far the Lakeside folks are Holding up very well! We pray daily that we keep healthy. And today was especially emotionally draining. We began by walking down the path that Jesus would have taken on Palm sunday...

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Israel 2011

Jan 31, 2011 - The Old City of Jerusalem- day 6

Monday 7:40 pm I am Worn out! We all Are! But what a day. As we headed in toward the western wall, clearing the security gates, we followed a group of Morrocan Jews who were headingin toward the Western wall to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah. There were drummers and cantors and everyone was having a great time- except the poor 13yr old boy who looked to be totally embarrassed! We then headed up onto the Temple Mount where we were able to get up close to the Dome of the rock, but they don't allow non-muslims inside anymore. We crossed the temple...

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Israel 2011

Jan 30, 2011 - Sunday evening thoughts

I hope it is a good Sunday for you all. I'm sure you are all hearing the news out of Egypt. So are we. Many time today it has been a topic of discussion. Some of our folks have been receiving text messages from home sharing concerns for our safety. Please know thatwe are doing just fine. We have seen absolutely no signs of unrest from the Arabic community here. Our couple that were going on to Egypt have canceled that extension. Our guide has been wonderful to interpret what a change of power in Egypt means to Israel. The only thing I am...

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Israel 2011

Jan 30, 2011 - Day 5 Gethsemene, Bethlehem

Sunday 4:30 pm We had a short, but full day today. Nice to be back to the hotel in time for a bit of rest and relaxation. The day began with heavy rain which canceled our walk down the Mt of Olives from Bethany. But we drove up there for the view of the Old city and weren't dissappointed. Through therain the sun broke through on the Temple Mount and a rainbow appeared- What's the chance of that happening right then! We went to the bottom of the Mount of Olives where the garden of gethsemane is and found a small chapel that is built in a...

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Israel 2011

Jan 29, 2011 - Our Sabbath

Jerusalem 6am A New morning in a new place! trying to find my way around. I could buy 4 days of internet here for $45! A REAL deal after Tiberius! and the logout here really works so you are not just burning minutes. they have a real nice Internet center in the hotel and it adjacent to one of the three dining areas. SO I CAN GET COFFEE!! :~) Breakfast is always an adventure- they have accomodated us americans with scrambled eggs and toast that they didn't do on previous trips, and I lovethe fresh veggies that are always out. This time it...

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Israel 2011

Jan 29, 2011 - Day 4- On To Jerusalem!

Shalom! Its been a very long day! we began with a 6 am wake up call, packing and getting our bags out of the room before heading to breakfast- take care of any room tabs etc the on the bus at 8- Our hotel in Tiberius overall was very good, but there were a few hitchs- one was when we went to check outthe computers were down, they couldn't take creditcards and wanted cash! When I gave her a $50 she wanted my passport, took of photocopy of the fifty and my passportand had me sign the copies. She said the bank required it for any large...

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Israel 2011

Jan 6, 2011 - Jerusalem

Hello from bustling Jerusalem! I just arrived after a nice full day in Hebron, Palestine. What a mashup of religion, culture, land/territory claims, and politics. After spending a couple of nights in the massive spectacle that is Christmas in Bethlehem at a sustainable farm, where I also enjoyed a Christmas lunch at a bible college (can you believe that I didn't stick my foot in my mouth?! Believe it! Even I'm proud. I didn't say a single curse word. Plus, I gave a great toast that received applause! ... And trust me, that's saying...

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Eva's Big Adventure

Jan 5, 2011 - Jerusalem

We arrived in Jerusalem last night, after visiting Masada. The transition from the beautiful countryside of The Galalee to the arid desert of The Dead Sea to the very busy Jerusalem was quite a change for us. Jerusalem traffic is very congested and the circuitous traffic street design made us glad to give up the car. Again I thank all the higher beings for GPS. We started our day with a fabulous walking tour of The Old City which immersed us in the historical backdrop of all the religions housed in this divine (literally) city. I love old...

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Kaufmans in Israel

Oct 12, 2010 - A Day in Jerusalem & Bethlehem

We slept pretty good last night and awoke early, anxious to get started on another super day. The tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem is 10 hours long and we expect to be tired by the time we return. As I sit here writing, it is nearly 5:00 AM here, and 10:00 PM last night back in Hannibal. We have the sliding door open and the lights of Tel Aviv are blinking on the shore. It is light enough to see the outline of the hills behind the lights of the city. Marilyn is in the shower and I have already completed my morning chores, except for getting...

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Jul 11, 2010 - the ascension spot

I had been fortunate at several times during this pilgrimage to get to a sacred spot right before a large group arrived. My first visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which marks where Jesus was crucified and resurrected, was one example. For that matter, so was my second and final visit to the same church this morning, my last day in Jerusalem and Israel. In both cases, Catholic tour groups came in right behind me, and clergy temporarily closed access to the Empty Tomb in order to hold Catholic mass in front of it. I have no problem...

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