Hey, just so my faithful blogger readers know, I have been trying to add some blog posts and new pics (I have some great pics of a trip to Samaria, and of a prayer walk around the Old City and some other things)...however, google says I have reached my storage limit on photos and now need to pay to add more storage. Well, ok, I have been trying to increase my storage limit, so I select my 'plan', but when I click on "continue to checkout" NOTHING happens. I have tried multiple times, but so far no luck.
Sooooo, I just wanted you all to know I have completed this semester's schoolwork. I have packing and cleaning this weekend, then Michael and 2 friends (Kenda and Rhonda from Arizona) arrive on Monday. We will see Israel together for 10 glorious days...I do hope to be able to post pics of our travel together. We will be flying home together, arriving 12/7. If anyone has any ideas about how to add storage to google, let me know:)
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Trip to Ramallah - Palestinian capital
A scene out of the bus window....yellow taxis EVERYWHERE!!
The "PLC", I am wondering what will happen here...this should be interesting. By the way, this is a glass door, and something is in the sky in the reflection...I don't know what that is, does anyone have any ideas??
They brought us into a huge conference room, complete with drinks and pastries. We are about to hear a speech from a PLC member. He is anxious to talk to the Americans about their position.
This picture is right behind our chairs....look familiar to you?
Here comes the lunch!! It was this Arabic pizza thing with onions and spices on it that was so delicious.
Lots of congested city traffic.
Three Palestinian young women on their way to somewhere.
Don't ask me why, but here it's "Stars and Bucks", not Starbucks (lol)
Three women stop to talk as we pass, still walking back to our bus.
A man on the sidewalk is playing a crudely-made instrument, hoping to sell one. Wasn't my kind of music, but added to the 'ambience' of our stroll.
Another entrepreneur on the street is drawing a portrait.
Well, this has been quite a day. The sun is setting in Ramallah, and we need to get back to Jerusalem. It may take me a little while to process everything I have seen and heard today.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Old City Walls Park
These doorways are entrances to tombs that are REALLY old, dated to the first temple period, around 600-900 BC
You can enlarge to read more about these tombs and see what they are like inside.
Standing next to the wall, I am looking up the road that goes toward JUC, the walk I have taken hundreds of times.
A final look at a tower from Crusader times. No matter how many tmes I see these walls, I think they are beautiful. They look so many different colors depending what time of day it is, and they seem to want to tell you stories and secrets of time past. In the middle of the tower you can see an opening just large enough for an arrow or the muzzle of a gun.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Cable Car Museum
If you haven't already, go back to read my blog from 9/12 - about the Cable Car Story (scroll down to bottom of blog and click on September, you will find it). That's when I first introduced you to the cable car and the long cable that stretches all the way across the Hinnon Valley, from a hotel right next to Succat Hallel (24/7 house of prayer) all the way to JUC, above my head through my bedroom, and anchors in the hallway outside my bedroom door. Today I went to visit the Cable Car Museum that is in the hotel. Here I am walking past the Hinnon Valley, which the cable stretches over.
(Just to remind you, this is what the steel cable looks like coming through my bedroom...)
The hospital was the British Hospice Ophthalmic Hospital of Jerusalem.
Closeup of the winch.
Soldiers using the winch in 1948
Click on this to enlarge this information so you know more about the cable car project....fascinating!!
Here's the inventor of the cable car system....Uriel Hefez...he looks pretty intelligent, don't you think?
This is the view through the window where the cable car is hanging.
The cable stretches from the window, through the museum to the winch.
View through the (somewhat dirty) window in the museum of the cable car and cable stretching across to JUC on Mount Zion.
Photo of the inventor with a couple of soldiers next to the cable car.
Looking down from the hotel into the Hinnom Valley.
Looking slightly to my right, the Hinnom Valley is winding around...that's Silwan village straight ahead, and the Mount of Olives is way up on the left side of the photo.
Now I'm standing outside of Succat Hallel, looking up at the cable car.
From Succat Hallel, a bird is perching on the cable that connects my bedroom to the Cable Car Museum!! :)
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