Monday, July 26, 2010

Remember That One Time I Went to Israel?

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which makest the profits, and guidest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy tourists together, as a plane doth gather her passengers under her wings, and ye would not (stop taking them to super touristy and strange locations, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre)!

I just can't put it off any longer. I've got to do some updating. I haven't put anything about my trip to Israel and Egypt on here yet, and it's been three months since I've been back! What can I say? I'm a slacker. I went with Felicity and Brianna, who are excellent travel companions. Felicity's cousin came, too, and she was cool. Well, I don't want to make this painful, so I guess I'll just post some photos and say that I loved the experience.

Well, okay. I will say a few things. It will be a short travel log, though. Shortish?

Places we went:

Day 1: Joppa (Jaffa). Tiberias. (We stayed in Tiberias for the first part of the trip.) You may remember Joppa as being the location where Peter was at Simon the tanner's house when he had the vision where it was revealed that it was okay to eat pig ... er... share the gospel with the Gentiles. Mmm... bacon. I mean, yay Gentiles!

Day 2: Caesarea. Mt. Carmel. Megiddo. Nazareth. Tiberias.

This is the ... street... where we tried to go to St. Joseph's Church. There was no room for us in that inn. Really, they closed early for a funeral. And the shops were closed. Kind of sad. Oh well.

Day 3: Capernaum. Sea of Galilee. Caesarea Philippi. Jordan River. *Switzerland. Tiberias.

This is the Jordan River. You may recognize it by the fence in the lower right-hand corner, which is used partially as a guard so you don't fall in, and partially to queue all of the people waiting in line to be baptized a la how you would do it in Disneyland. That is, if they did baptizin' in Disneyland.

Day 4: Mt. Tabor. Beth Shean. Saw Jericho. Jerusalem. Mt of Olives.

Day 5: Yad Vashem. Hezekiah's Tunnel. Garden Tomb.

Day 6: Western Wall. Masada. Qumran. Dead Sea. Had birthday.

I went back through time for this shot. Pay no attention to the discarded soda can in the photo. This is in Jerusalem. I actually kind of felt badly snapping this shot. While it captures an interesting juxtaposition of the old with the new, my time probably should have better been used helping the person to the right. I think I failed the "Trying to be like Jesus in Jerusalem" test. Stupid, touristy me.

Day 7: Garden of Gethsemane. Church at BYU Jerusalem Center at which I ran into my cousin. Small world in the church. Bethlehem. The Great Wall of Palestine/Israel, Bethlehem section. Old City tour.

I snapped this photo by the Garden of Gethsemane. I really like how the light was captured in the shot. I also like how there are little red flowers there and not just because red and green are my favorite colors. Me gusta verde y rojo. This place was beautiful to me. Very beautiful.

This is the wall outside of Bethlehem. I don't know about you, but I'm not a huge fan of gigantic concrete walls with graffiti on them separating one people from another people. Discuss.

Day 8: Flew to Cairo via Jordan. Egyptian museum. Ate by Nile. Very sleepy.

Day 9: Giza. Sakkura. Mohammad Ali Mosque. Shopping.

Giza. Pyramids. Sphinx. I rode a camel there. It did not spit on me. Pyramids are musty on the inside. I don't think I want to be entombed in a pyramid when I die. Please make note.

Here is the pyramid of Sakkura. Or something. As you can see, my vacation took me back through time when they were building the pyramid. Please notice the scaffolding that was so prevalent in use in ancient Egypt. You may also notice that the Egyptians should be actually credited with the first use of the green tarp. It was the best thing since sliced pita. Mmmm pita. Sorry I have issues with taking straight photos.

Day 10: Luxor. Valley of Kings. Al-deir Al-Bahari Temple/Hatshepsut Temple. Karnak Temple. Luxor Temple. Market.

Flew home. The flight/traveling was grueling. I'm not going to lie. The end.

Stuff I ate:

Hummus, Falafel, Schnitzel, Pita, Hummus, St Peter's Fish from the Sea of Galilee, Shawarma, Hummus, Ice cream, Gelato, Hummus, Dairy but no meat for breakfast, No dairy but meat for dinner, Hummus, McDonald's, Chocolate Croissant, Hummus, Tzatziki, Baklava, and Hummus. And also, they had hummus.

This is the St. Peter's Fish I ate.**

Pretty much, Jerusalem was on the goal list, completed, and very enjoyable. If you have the remote desire to see Israel, I suggest going. The following were my Top 5 activities of the whole trip:

1. Garden Tomb - It felt really, really nice and peaceful there.
2. Garden of Gethsemane - A place for deep reflection.
3. Hezekiah's Tunnel - Best. Tunnel. Ever.
4. Dead Sea - In which I had a Funniest Home Videos moment including dumping water on my own head.
5. Caesarea Philppi - We took a short hike there, and I was reminded of Agrippa's "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian" because he had a palace there.

I went with Bountiful Travel. I can give a recommendation for that tour group. Good times were had by all. The real end.

*There was some kind of religious dignitary in town when we were going back to Tiberias. They had the main roads closed off, so we had to take a detour through Switzerland. The forest.

**Not pictured: Hummus.


julie said...

Best short travel log EVER! I loved your quips, thrown in to the mix with such subtlety and poise. Really enjoyed this post! I love that you listed hummus a million times. I would eat hummus a million times if given that many chances. Mmmm. Will try not to entomb you in a pyramid should you happen to pass away before me.

Glad you had a fun trip!

Dana Cheryl said...

I whole-heartedly agree with Julie. Best short travel log ever!

I'm going to make some hummus!

Recently a friend of mine visited Israel but stayed on the other side of the wall. Very interesting to have two friend visiting the same place with totally different views of the city...

Anonymous said...

I'm sure glad it was you eating that fish and not me!


Jess and Dusty said...

Love the little travel log. But there should have been a few more pictures.... or is it because I'm a picture fanatic? Anyways, looks like a blast. I'm so jealous.

dub said...

Glad to see you made it to McDonald's while you were over there. Did you notice any special regional items on their menu?

And I hope you were able to sample some chocolate while you were in Switzerland. ;)

Cardine said...

Thanks, Julie! I actually have been itching to make hummus lately. Maybe I'll do it and let you know!

Dana - I actually went on the other side, as well. We had to switch tour guides and everything. It was an interesting perspective.

Flaur - Yeah, I liked it, but a lot of people didn't.

Jess - I stink at taking pictures. It's an unfortunate fact that I have come to accept but still am slightly embarrassed about.

Dub - No, there didn't seem to be anything in that Luxor McDonald's. In the Tel Aviv airport, though, they had two separate McDonald's next to each other. One was for breakfast (with dairy but no meat) and one was for lunch/dinner (meat and no dairy).

Also, interestingly enough, an Egyptian lady walked into my stall as I was using the bathroom while there. I think that might be something I will have had happen to me on every continent shortly. Exciting! (not really)

tearese said...

so did you have Hummus? And Tzatziki?
I liked seeing the pictures FINALLY.
Actually, I almost forgot you went there. Thanks for the travelog!

Anonymous said...

So, I was wondering if you had a chance to eat hummus. I wasn't quite sure.

Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Cardine said...

tearese - I'm sorry for all of your annoying situations with housing, but I am excited to hopefully see you soon!

Cardine said...

sarah - Thank YOU for sharing about your adventures!