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Middle East » Israel » West Bank » Bethlehem » Beit Sahour January 21st 2015

Bummer!!! We just found out that our wake-up call is going to be at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow, luggage out at 4:30. Ugh. This is going to be an abbreviated blog. We woke this morning to a beautifully clear day. We visited the Church of the Nativity and below it, the cave-stable of Jesus’ birth. We saw the shrine of the Holy Innocents, the infants killed by Herod the Great. We celebrated Mass at the cave where St. Jerome translated the Bible into Latin. Afterwards, we divided into small groups to share lunch at the homes of local Christian families. We waited by the side of the road for our rides. We arrived at the home of Georgette. Her son picked us up and came in and talked to us for awhile before he had to go ... read more
The Holy Innocents
Georgette and John
Georgette and Georgiana

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Izmit January 21st 2015

I'm back in Istanbul! I'm back in Istanbul! That was me announcing my arrival (to myself of course) of a Sunday evening on the 18th of January, 2015. Although I hadn't thought it at the time it was a rather auspicious date: my late mum was born that day back in 1952 and, coincidentally, my passport had been issued that day 4 years earlier (definitely not of great significance). I had a good view of my previous place of employment as I flew out of London-Luton Airport - the manor estate called Luton Hoo (hotel, golf couse and spa) which borders on the one side of the airport - but not before I had to go through some unprecented formalities prior to check-out. You see, anyone traveling to Turkey today from mainland UK, especially men of ... read more
Bosphorus Night
Hagia Sofia
Omar and I

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 20th 2015

Afsked i lufthavnen Mor kørte mig til lufthavnen, hvor Christian, Ea, Sia, Aya og Helle'mor ventede. Jeg havde så mange sommerfugle i maven!! Jeg var så nervøs og spændt, at jeg ikke vidste hvad jeg skulle gøre af mig selv. Jeg tjekkede min bagage ind og da jeg blev spurgt om jeg havde lithium batterier i min taske svarede jeg nej, det mente jeg ikke. Tja, der gik ti minutter og så kom jeg i tanke om at jeg havde mit ene ekstra batteri til kameraet i tasken... FUCK!!! Nåh tilbage til skranke, brormand gik med som støtte. Der kom meget hurtigt en over til mig og spurgte om han kunne hjælpe (han kunne se på mit vilde blik at der var noget galt). Han svarede hurtigt at det ingen betydning havde, da den ville blive ... read more
Jeg vil helst ikke give slip på Sia :(
Dubai hotelværelse
Hmm har jeg må nok læsestof?

Middle East » Israel » West Bank » Bethlehem January 20th 2015

Today we checked out of our hotel and traveled to Bethlehem with a few stops along the way. Our first stop was for a “coffee out” stop. When George our tour guide first said this, we looked at him quizzically and he just looked at us and said, “coffee in…coffee out.” We traveled through mountains, plains and plateaus. We saw shepherds herding their sheep, many, many crops covered with what looked like plastic to protect them from the elements including Mango trees and date trees. We finally came to the River Jordan which is the site of Jesus’ baptism by St. John the Baptist. We filled water bottles up with the water from the river to bring home. Father blessed all of our bottles and then we renewed our baptism promises. Some people were actually donning ... read more
John filling bottle with water from River Jordan.
Standing in the River Jordan
Copy of Dead Sea Scrolls

Middle East » Oman » Muscat January 20th 2015

This morning we woke to watch the sunrise over Jebel Shams, a mountain range 3000 meters above sea level in the Western Hajar mountains, the peace and serenity is to die for! We have had a trendous time in Oman and being our last blog, we have decided to include various highlights from our trip here. We returned to the Sultan's Palace and did a wonderful day trip to Al Seifa, a seaside village and tourist spot with my Uncle. With a friend, my Aunty and I visited the Grand Mosque in Muscat, but we were deemed inappropriately dressed, as my sleeves were too short and Aunty Bern's white trousers too see through! Hmmm! This being the case we had to hire abajas and of course it is always necessary to wear a scarf when you ... read more
Sultan's Palace
The Grand Mosque
Dressing up with Aunty Bern

Middle East » Israel » West Bank » Hebron January 19th 2015

Middle East » Turkey January 19th 2015

Hello all, Sorry it's been a while and a lot has happened so I have some catching up to do! My birthday was on the 17th of January and a fellow teacher in Turkey, Paul took me out for a few beers to celebrate along with one of my Elementary groups who are of age, but just learning English. This is my 6th birthday outside of my home country and it was nice to experience that again this year. After a few beers, a little pizza and of course they tried to embarrass me with the whole let's secretly tell the waiter to put the happy birthday to you song on so everyone in the restaurant knows it's your birthday, but it didn't work as I don't get embarrassed easily HA! Anyway it was a good ... read more
Beers for my Bday
More beers and good company
Kofte! AMAZING!

Middle East » Israel January 19th 2015

Middle East » Israel » North District » Nazareth January 19th 2015

Today we traveled to Cana where Jesus turned water into wine at the Wedding Feast of Cana, his first miracle. Upon arrival all the married couples in the group renewed their wedding vows. It was one of the little surprises that we have been experiencing every day. We processed down the aisle in 2’s and then facing our spouses all recited our wedding vows followed by a blessing of our rings. It added a nice touch and was a special beginning to our day. Some of the sites we visit have been destroyed in one way or another but through excavation ruins are found and then churches built on top of them to preserve them. Sometimes these churches are destroyed by war or earthquakes and rebuilt only to be destroyed again. Next stop was the Sea ... read more
Sea of Galilee
Casting fishing net
St. Peter's Fish




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