Saturday, 11 August 2012

Where in the world is MJ?

Jordan River 

uh... This is a really important ancient site that I can't remember. 

War trenches 


Ludlow's apartment in the Jerusalem Center. 
Eating cookie dough was the closest thing to home. 


Shepherd's field. 
Everything is better with watermelon.

Cave #4 where they found some Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Top of the Mount of Olives in Bethphage. 
Where Christ would have rode down on a Donkey.

Oh the JC grass with my cute little FHE family. 

Akko already loved me. 

Bahai Gardens 

Armenian Quarter 
St. James Cathedral 
Book store in Jerusalem 
Found some cool records

Roof tops in the Christian Quarter. 
This pictures sums up this day nicely. 

Where should I go next? 

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Hike to Heaven

Hiking to waterfall. 

Me and Pam. 

Chaco nation. 

We made it to the top of the falls. 

Then came down for a swim

Cold water on a hot day like this is basically Heaven. 

Greetings from Galilee

Galilee right behind me!

Boat ride

Still proud to be an American 

First century boat. 

Some of my favorite people. 

Mount of Beatitudes Church.  

Blazing hot at Capernaum. 

Mustard Seeds

So small
Matthew 13: 31-32

Galilean Sunsets

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Snipits and Tidbits

Dear Someone, 

These are a conglomeration of days and photos that don't necessarily need a whole post but they are some of the things I have been doing around Jerusalem! 
Me and Megan at Dormition Abbey. 

I love a good artichoke statue! 

I also love a good giant donut. 
This is the best bakery in the world! 

Rockefeller Museum. 

Tomb of the Kings. 
This is just a literal hole in the wall. I was with Pam and Camila who... cough cough... were less than excited to crawl in a little hole. Pam is terrified of confined spaces and Camila got a new skirt. It was me and my headlamp in all of these tombs. It was creepy! It would make the best haunted house ever. The worst part was that when we came in the guy mentioned something about 4 people in his broken english. We didn't know if that meant that they had been there or were there. I looked for them and called out to find people but they didn't answer. Finally I was almost done looking around and found a little staircase down.. down.. down. Note to self: if you are in tombs by yourself don't go down the stairs. That is the part in the scary movie where they are all screaming don't go! I stuck my head down there and the only thing I saw was bodies. I screamed! Juan, Alvin, Karen, and Alyssa where all playing dead in the tombs. It was rude. I am just lucky they didn't jump out at me or I would have died from a heart attack. It was exciting to explore, after I had gotten over the shock. 

Finally dragged Camila into the tombs. 

I went with Pam and Juan to a park in West Jerusalem for some frisbee!

We try to watch the sunset every night! 
We live in such a pretty place! 

Pam has a lizard that lives in her room. 
This is me trying to make friends with Ned. 

Tower of David Museum. 

This is the door to the Tomb of the Kings. They are rarely ever open. I even tried to use my blonde skills to get us in. That works somedays. People here look at blondes like they are a different species or something. The other day someone tried to buy me for 20 Shekels. I was offended he thought I was only worth 5 dollars. 

Burgers! We went to Burgers Bar in the Jewish quarter. I had a lamb burger. It was delicious. 

Friday, 13 July 2012

Duck, Duck, Goose

Dear Someone, 

On one of our free days last week I got to go help at a Palestinian children's day camp. It has been one of my favorite things I have done the whole time I have been here. We had groups to do singing, dancing and games. I got to play games with a whole bunch of little kids! They didn't really speak a lick of english but we still had fun chasing each other around. It is amazing how you can just love someone you can't even communicate with. 
Me and Muhammad. 

They are such beautiful little kids! 

They had drinks and treats for us after a hot hour or so playing games. 

Duck, Duck, Goose! 

I have a new friend in Israel. 

It was so much fun. So amazing to see more into the lives of Palestinians. It made me really which I spoke Arabic so that I could tell them how cute they were but someone we still had a fun time together. Each day I learn something so new. This just got me even more excited to be a teacher. 

Mary Jane