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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Reminiscing Israel: First Field Trip

* Reminiscing Israel // a series of memories from my semester studying abroad in Israel. See all of them here.

Let's go back to the beginning.

Back to our first field trip.

Back to the first time I stepped into Jerusalem and placed my feet upon the heart of the Holy Land. The place where Christ was buried and rose again. The place where He ascended into the clouds and promises to return again.

I had no idea what the semester would hold, and frankly, I wasn't quite into the whole "being abroad" thing. I remember counting down the days, anticipating going home even though I had just gotten there!

Pit Stop #1 :: Roof of the Petra Hostel
We set our eyes on this panoramic beauty. Our first view of Jerusalem!

Pit Stop #2 :: Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This is the most probable location where Jesus was buried and rose again.

Pit Stop #3 :: Lunch by the Damascus gate
We stopped off at a grassy park and devoured the first of many shwarmas & falafels {it's Israeli fast food!}

Pit Stop #4 :: Shaban's Shop in the Old City
All the shops in the old city hike up their prices about 200+% for tourists. I don't know how many times I walked out of a shop thinking, I probably got ripped off like a fool, haha. Shaban offers honest prices, no bargaining necessary. Whenever we visited his store he'd pour us a drink and offer us a chair. Sweet man!

Pit Stop #5 :: Jerusalem city wall
We walked along the top of the wall enclosing Jerusalem. There's the Mount of Olives!

Pit Stop #6 :: Pools of Bethesda
Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years . . . Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. ~ John 5

Pit Stop #7 :: Wailing Wall
 I'm exhausted just thinking about all the walking we did! We learned and saw so much in that one day. And that was just the beginning...

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