|Yoga in Galilee|
I just got back from 10 days in Galilee! And, yes, "just got back" is not the most accurate statement ever made. Like when I told my brother I didn't eat all of his Halloween candy that one year and blamed it on my sister and then a huge fight ensued and I think I just stood back and laughed mischievously to myself. Tess Bertonneau, ladies and gents. Creating family unity since 1993. Don't follow my example, little cousins. For 10 days, we stayed in these little condos right on the Sea of Galilee. It was practically perfect in every way except for the fact that we also had class and full day field trips. But, on free days, you best believe I plopped myself on a hammock and stayed there. There was a lot of hammock plopping going on that week- I think our group broke about 5 of them? Seriously, people. Cool it with the chocolate pita consumption already. Because I was in "vacation mode," I can't say I took a ton of pictures. But, I'm not going to let that get to me because I've taken more pictures this semester than I probably have in my entire life. Don't worry, I still got some decent pictures. And, more importantly, I stole plenty from my friend's camera. All is well. That'll do, donkey. Side note: do I quote Shrek too much? I didn't think that was at all possible. Maybe I'm just too stuck in the glory days (5th grade=glory days=when I wrote my very own Shrek play starring myself). I'll try to censor myself a little better, but I make no promises. Also, I won't even promise a little bit to have this blog make more sense. I prefer just throwing out my unorganized thoughts and seeing what happens. Shall we recap?
|One of many Biblical translations at the Jordan River|
Monday, we departed in the early hours and stopped at sites on the way to Ein Gev, our seaside condos. We hit up Bet Shean, Nazareth, and the Jordan River. We had been to the Jordan River before if you remember, but this spot was a lot prettier than the first. There were some beautiful churches in Nazareth. It was a very reverent site, so long as you ignored the small children peeing on a tree. Hey, when you gotta go! (That's what I told my teacher when I tried to do the same thing but was reprimanded. Then I said, "I'm mad as hell and I can't take it anymore!" Did I mention I'm actually home in the U.S. because I got sent home early for "disorderly conduct?") In Bet Shean, there were some ruins. That's about as good as it got. But, then, miraculously, something new! A surfboard!! Unfortunately, it was not an ancient one. Also, I don't even think it was a surfboard. But, it was a fun, new treasure so I practiced. A huge dust storm set in later. So, we cancelled plans to go on a mountain summit and went to the Church of St. Peter's Primacy instead.
|Contemplation at the Sea of Galilee|
|Galilee Boat Ride|
Wednesday consisted of class, tanning, and a restaurant on the pier for dinner. We also went to the Tiberias boardwalk. The ice cream I bought was so mediocre that I considered buying another one- like a Magnum bar. You know it was bad if I had to buy another ice cream. Okay, maybe I was just looking for a reason to buy some more....ice cream is my drug. Thursday was another pretty full day. We went to the area called the Golan, namely Gamla and Kursi. We were supposed to go to Hippos, but it was closed. I couldn't believe it- the site I spent hours doing my paper on and we didn't even go there! MADNESS, I tell you, madness! After we got back we went river rafting. I got the hardest job- sitting in the middle trying to stay dry and cowering in fear when I got splashed with water by other boats. Also, I had to insert as many movie references as I could. "The water's so cold, Jack!" "You're gonna need a bigger boat." They didn't all exactly fit the situation, but it sure was fun.
|Frodo + Gollum = I'm so very nerdy|
On Friday we went on a hike. It was cold, but super fun. Did I mention I didn't take a ton of pictures on this trip? It was super cold which means my fingers had no blood circulation to take pictures...also, I left my camera at home. Sometimes you just have to experience life, you know? *she says, sighing wishfully, as she types a blog post in her room all alone while the other students are at a dance party* But, I did get one picture from a friend.
|Hiking with my friends!|
On Saturday we went to church at the Tiberias branch. It overlooked the Sea of Galilee and was so beautiful. The rest of the day I just relaxed. Or should I say "chillaxed?" I know you thought that word died 10 years ago, but I'm bringing it back! Trendsetter in tha houseeee.
|Rachie Rach & me at church|
|Mt. Tabor- the Mt. of Transfiguration|
|Dying at Armageddon/Meggido|
Not much of anything happened on Monday- I think I took a nap. Cool story, bro. Tell it again.
On Tuesday we went to the Upper Galilee. The best part was probably Nimrod's Castle- lots of great acting moments happened there, included but not limited to Rapunzel letting down her hair and lots of great conquering poses. But actually, we also went to some really gorgeous places. Tel Dan has a stream and a beautiful trail. I thought I was in Virginia or sumthing! So, of course I had to start talkin' in my Virginya ACcent. Caesarea Philippi is also beautiful.
|"Take me home, to where I belong"|
|Making our own fortress|
|So far from D.C.!|
The last day we hit up Mt. Carmel, the Haifa overlook, the Haifa Templar Cemetary, and Caesarea Maritima. We had our very own piggyback race in the ancient hippodrome. Naturally, I was carried on the back of my 5'2" friend. Thanks again for that- hopefully your back pain has subsided some. After that, we went to an overlook of Haifa. We looked over a Baha'i Temple. Apparently it's a huge religion, but I had never heard of it before. Just when I thought I was getting cultured....We made it back to the JC just in time for the Oasis. Good thing we made it back on a Thursday- Friday is ice cream night!
|2nd Place (of 2) in the Hippodrome race!|