|The "exact spot" where Christ was born|
|Beautiful churches on beautiful churches|
|Gotta be sheep at the shepherd's field|
|Shepherd's Field, Take III|
|The best picture I have of Eliat...oops|
We had three field trips in three days, plus a midterm and a paper. Talk about stress! Just kidding, y'all know I was watching Easy A and chillin' like how I do. The first of the three field trips was to the Jewish Quarter. We went to two excavated houses, and then the Jerusalem Archaeological Park. It has the famous steps that Jesus probably walked on. The next day we visited the Christian Quarter. It was probably the best field trip ever because most of the churches we were going to visit were closed for Holy Week. So, our field trip lasted less than 3 hours. You guys, that never ever happens! We celebrated by doing something really unique and shopping in the Old City!
|Church in the Christian Quarter|
Easter Sunday in Jerusalem was such an amazing experience. We left the Center before 6 (¡-it's upside down because I hate emoticons and thus an upside-down/sad exclamation point seemed appropriate) to get to the the Garden Tomb's morning service. Over a thousand people showed up for the service, which was mostly singing led by a worship band. Since the BYU-JC Centers are well-established in Jerusalem, we had the best seats there! After the service, we wanted to go to the Temple Mount (with the Dome of the Rock), but the line was super long. Jerusalem was packed all of Holy Week with pilgrims experiencing the city and all of its holy sites. We decided to get breakfast as Plan B. We headed over to the Jewish Quarter excited for a Holy Bagel or a pastry or something delicious. Even just some cereal from the grocery store. We headed into the store, and the cereal aisle was boarded up! This same experience was repeated at Holy Bagel and basically every other place in the Jewish Quarter besides some meat restaurants. Meat breath in the morning, oh baby! I honestly don't know why we decided to go to the Jewish Quarter for breakfast. Not like it was Passover week or anything... leaven really hurt me. I thought we had something and it was always there for me, but then it left me for a whole week and matzo took its place. I tried other things, but nothing measured up to leaven. And then after a week it just expects me to take it back! Well, you know I did without a second glance at the dry, tasteless thing known as matzo. After walking around looking for a non-Kosher store, we stumbled into a tiny shop with hot pastries! Talk about serendipity. John Cusack was the owner, I bought gloves there, good times. Just kidding, that would be weird. As we ate, a bag-piping parade passed us by. Just another reason why Jeru is the best. We decided to take a leisurely stroll back to the Center, stopping to shop as we went.
|"He Is Risen"|
Later that day, we played soccer with Palestinian children. These kids were better than the ones we played with before because they knew a lot of the other students. Not me, guess I'm not cool enough for 10-yr-olds. Someday, someday. My day was made when Ahmed told me I was "pretty good." Pretty good?? I'll take it and run with it! My team was a little unbalanced because all of the boys banded together to be on one team. So, we had about twice as many people. I only caused a few broken pinkies, so it was a successful game.
Now, I'm in Galilee and I'm super sorry to be so behind in blogging. Life is still great, but most everyone is excited to go home soon. It'll be bittersweet saying goodbye, but it's getting time for a new life chapter. A few more things are still on the agenda- more souvenirs + swimming in the Dead Sea + eating shawarma (yeah, I haven't done that enough yet). They just don't have anything like it in the states! And with that I've officially become one of those annoying people that says "the states." Tess, out.