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May 14, 2012 - Jerusalem

ISRAEL Arrived in JERUSALEM after a 45 minute bus ride from the border. We alighted on to a busy street with directions to the Abraham Hostel. When we walked around a corner there was a nice big sign for the Palm Hotel where we checked in. This was the most frustrating hotel we have stayed in to date, the electrical quit working, the A/C didn’t work, a replacement fan screamed like a banshee and after our third room change both management and clients were sort of happy. After settling in our hotel we went out for dinner, we had a waiter who...

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Apr 28, 2012 - The Last Day

Well it arrived. The last day. What a wonderful day it was too. We started early leaving for Herod's Gate and began our journey at the Church of flagellation. Not a wonderful name but, there were the first two stations at this point. Different people were chosen to read at each station followed by the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be prayers. Then a chant was sung, this had been organized by the Bear family. It was very moving. On the way out of the church I bumped my head on a cross, which I thought was very fitting. We travelled the...

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Apr 28, 2012 - The Last Word

This has been an incredible journey and adventure. At times it h been physically and emotionally draining, at others light heart and fun. Overall it has been wonderful - not woeful! I hate auto correct! I have had many challenges- the climb of Mt Sinai was probably the biggest as well as going up in cable cars to the top of mountains. I have had many spiritual moments such as the Church of St Peter, the Garden of Gethsemane and the final mass. Yet there have been so much more than these. I have learnt so much about the history and geography...

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Apr 27, 2012 - Day 11 - Jerusalem

Today we started out going to the City of David and went into Hezekiah's Tunnel. Some of the students chose to go in the dry tunnel while many went into the wet tunnel. The tunnels are about 20 meters under ground. We turned off our flashlights and walked in the dark holding hands, touching the walls for guidance and singing songs. It was an amazing experience and at the end of the tunnel there was an ancient plaque stating that it was the halfway point where the two sides met over 2700 years ago. The Students then had some free time in...

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Apr 26, 2012 - The Old City

Wow, we are having an awesome time! One of the wonderful things about this trip is that we are making so many close friends who will be with us when we get back and to share our moments with and many dinners and parties etc.... We have made close friendships with Alison and Owen and shared one of the most scariest and fantastic adventures with them! Also the Bear family have been wonderful companions on our journey and become part of our lives and into the future. It's been a couple of days but very packed and fullfilling. The other day we...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Day 10

We started the day at the Agron Youth Hostel enjoying a lecture by Neil Lazarus. He is a Middle East current affairs expert and shared his wealth of information with the students. We then had a picnic lunch in Independence Garden and proceeded to walk to Safra Square which is also the City Hall of Jerusalem. We danced and sang and for about an hour with delegates from all around the world. The students had opportunities to trade their USA pins and flags with other students from Panama, Brazil, Israel, Canada, Argentina, France and many...

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Apr 24, 2012 - Jerusalem

Wellwe have finally made it to the Holy City. Along the way to Jerusalem from Tiberius. We're able to venture through Ceaseria by the sea, created by Hereod the Great and have a quick splash in the Meditaranian Sea and it was wonderful. But here I am in the city of Jerusalem and what an amazing place. We have shopped in Bethlehem, which was so expensive, beyond our budget for this we liked, but we did get a few nick nacks. We are looking forward to our visit to the old city today to purchase more cheaper versions! We have ventured to the...

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Jan 19, 2012 - Jerusalem Day 1

We spent the whole day in Jerusalem. For me, it included times of incredible reverence, times of tears, times of disappointment at the spectacle, and times of joy. I'm not sure I can describe everything we've done today, but will try to share the highlights. After breakfast, we headed to the Mount of Olives and the Church of All Nations. This church is supposed to commemorate the spot where Jesus prayed...and kept finding his disciples sleeping. Tradition says that he taught the disciples to pray the Lord's prayer there. After we read the...

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Jan 3, 2012 - Endnotes

Of interest to possible future travelers to the area: Throughout the trip, security guards everywhere dismissed me and my entourage as innocuous. I felt like there was virtually no security coming into Israel. Leaving, there was more, and that was where we got the most attention. The officer who did the first passport check noticed Kevin and I still practicing our Hebrew on each other, and she asked how it was that we knew Hebrew, and a string of questions followed. When I answered one of them "Shabbat," she waved us on. Final travel...

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Jan 3, 2012 - Appendix - Recipes

Israeli Salad I've been asked why is this salad so common. Maybe because lettuce is not, as it probably consumes a lot of water to grow, but the ingredients for this are. This is what I made based on what I found in the market. Tomatoes - about 4, cubed Cucumbers - about 3, cubed Juice of 2 lemons Olive oil - about 1/2 the amount of lemon juice Salt - a large pinch Zatar seasoning - sprinkle as much as you want of this popular middle eastern mix available at every spice shop Parsley and mint leaves torn into bits Hadassa's Chocolate...

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Dec 26, 2011 - "Tour of Jewish Quarter with Bayla Berger"

Sweeping through the streets in her brown cape, Bayla Berger is a well known figure here. She easily walks through gates with no entry signs on them, allowing a non-tourist's look at the Jewish Quarter. One picture I did not get while visiting with Shalom and Penina was of the Yeshiva where terrorists struck a few years ago. It's right down the block from their apartment. The students there laughed when a group arrived with a box that appeared to contain a large television. Why would anyone bring us a television, they laughed as they asked...

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Dec 26, 2011 - Rachel's Tomb

Today I have no pictures because Lydia took most of them and I want to let her dictate the commentaries. If you noticed a different voice for the descriptions of the church pictures it was because Kevin was the camera man for those and so I gave him description rights. Today was a social day and I did not think we would see any major sites. Wow was I wrong. Bayla, our friend from the Chanukia building, who turned out to be the wife of a high up Rabbi at the International Aish organization, invited us to sit in on a class given by her...

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