July 20, 2015

THURSDAY: We made our way from Jerusalem up to Galilee with some really fun stops along the way! First we got to see Lazarus' tomb, which was so neat and very different from the Garden Tomb. This one had steep steps that took us pretty far underground, as opposed to the Garden Tomb where we just walked right in without any stairs. We all climbed down and took a moment to remember the miracle that happened there. In this picture, the light in the bottom right is the place where the body was kept. So even once you made it down the steps shown in the picture, you still had to climb down ever more! Outside the tomb I found the strangest flower I'd ever seen! Stefan's uncle identified it right away but now I'm forgetting..

We also made a stop in Jericho and rode a camel! Earlier in the week a few cousins had ridden one, but this time most of the family took a turn. I told Stefan he had to ride in front so I could hold on to him.. We were up high! But actually that camel was so calm and well-trained and seemed genuinely happy. Doesn't he look like he's smiling!? He knew just the loop he was supposed to take and brought us all back to the same spot without any trouble. He was only a little stinky and covered in a few.. dozen.. flies.. Also, Stefan's parents buy a magnet every time they visit a new place and we've picked up the tradition! A few days before our camel ride I really wanted this awesome camel magnet, but Stefan was not into it. (For the record it's covered in glittery sequin jewel things.. Also he said a camel isn't a great representation of Israel, it reminds him more of Egypt. Whatever. I loved it. I wanted it so badly and then Stefan's brother in law (I never know if that makes him my brother in law too.. he's Stefan's sister's husband? So my sister in law's husband? Aaanyway..) Kevin bought me the camel magnet! So then Stefan said I had to earn it by riding a camel and I DID. Now it's on my fridge and it's awesome. Also we bought an olive wood magnet to be our "official" Jerusalem magnet. Everybody's happy!

After the camel rides we stopped for lunch and a swim at a natural spring. How beautiful is that picture!? A little oasis right in the middle of the desert. I wasn't feeling great so I decided not to swim, and I guess that might have been a good thing because the water had those little fish that nibble on your toes and I'm not sure how I feel about those guys yet..

Stefan's favorite part of the trip was a visit to Nazareth. We took a tour of a village there where everything is made to look, feel, sound, smell.. like it would have when Christ was growing up. Everyone was dressed in time period clothing, doing the work of every day Nazarenes - carving wood, making yarn, caring for the animals. We also saw another giant olive press and spent a few minutes turning it ourselves to see how much work those things take.

(Stole all these pictures from Stefan's uncle because I fell asleep on the way to this place and was too tired to want to bring our camera off the bus once I woke up.. Dumb! This ended up being sooo cool!)

By the end of the day we made it to the kibbutz where we stayed on the shores of the Sea of Galilee for the next couple days. Galilee was my faaavorite part so I'm saving all that for it's own final post.

^^^ The view of the Sea of Galilee from our room. (!!!)


Leah Joan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oh my goodness camel riding! how fun! and that spring looks heavenly. although, I'm with you, I'm a little sketched out by the fish that nibble on your feet.

Erin van de Graaff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It was so crazy! I've never even ridden a horse, so I'm not sure how I managed he camel.. I guess I mostly tried not to think about what I was doing until it was over. haha. I did think about those fish though.. Thought about staying away from them.

Jake said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the pictures of you guys on the camel, especially the one where the camel is smiling. How adorable is that?

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