Tuesday, September 15, 2009

a BUNCH of pics

ALOHA, Marhaba, and Shalom from the HOLY LAND!!

Alright, I'm at the Hebrew University right next to Jerusalem Center and using the internet here. The connection is a lot faster so I was able to upload a bunch of pictures. I'll try my best to explain what each of the pictures are. I don't know if all of the historical imformation I give you are correct so don't go around telling people I told you the info. lol

We will be heading to Egypt in two days for a 10 day field trip. While we're there, I will not take my laptop with me so this is probably the last update for the next week and a half.

Hope you enjoy

This is a underground bell shaped stone quarry caves that we visited. This particular stone quarry cave is in Bet Guvrin and was from the Byzantine period, the beginning of the seventh century CE.

The bell caves were amazing. Its hard to imagine how they were able to get all that rock out from so deep.

This is one of the best preserved olive presses in all of Israel. After crushing the olives in the device seen below, they would bring the olives in baskets seen below the log, and using the principle of leverage, the olives would be pressed here for oil.

This is the first part of the olive pressing process. I think this is from like the first century CE...like 200o years old.

This is a pigeon coop where they kept all these pigeons for all sorts of purposes. The pigeons were used for food, their droppings for fertilizer, and also for sacrifices. The little holes in the wall are for the pigeons to nest in. This cave was kept up so well. It was amazing.

WE went to Tel Aviv on Sunday since we had a free day. I found a beach in front of Hilton Hotel where everyone was surfing!!! Next time I go I'm definitely going to rent a board and surf! I don't know if you can tell, but this little bay was nice because the waves were breaking nice and wide and had some nice lefts which I love. I sat here and watched people surfing for about 10-15 minutes wishing I was in the water. The sets that came in were about waist to chest high so they were fun waves!
Beautiful sunset on the Mederterranian Sea. This beach is called the Jerusalem Beach where we spent majority of our day.

After getting to Tel Aviv, we jumped in the water till lunch time, then we walked around the city for a little bit. We went to this market called the Carmel Market, which we originally thought was called Camel Market. lol But I got the best Falafel at this market. The pita had falafel, hummus, bunch of veggies, this white sauce they put in it, and all this fresh...it was super good. The Falafel was about 10 sheckles which is about $2.00. It filled me up

Me at the market. I also got freshed squeezed lemonade...it didnt taste like American lemonade but it was super refreshing. We also had some gelato that was really, really good.

A bunch of us at the beach. from the left; Marni, me, Clark Reynolds Cahoon, Jewish Kate, and Brian Oats :) The vans that took us to Tel Aviv dropped us off right infront of the beach. As soon as I walked off the van, the sea breeze blew in my face and I just took a deep breath. Salt water and the salt air and the sun definitely makes me happy. I didn't realize how much I missed it until I got to the beach. lol I don't think I have ever lived away from the ocean for an extended period of time so I think its just puts me right back where I need to be.

This is Golgotha. We went to the Garden Tomb on our Sabbath. Traditionally, this is one of the places that is thought to be where Christ was placed in the stone tomb and resurrected here. There are other places that are thought to be where Christ was burried, but this park is well kept by an international Christian organization and there were a lot of people praying, singing, worshipping in their own way. There was a Japanese guy reading his Bible and writing down his thoughts. I knew he was Japanese because he was writing in Japanese. We also came across a group of Fijian soldiers serving in a near by country, I forget what country, but they were in Israel for two days and they wanted to come visit the Garden Tomb. They sang couple of hymns in Fijian and just listening to them instantly took me back to the islands.

The cliff you see behind me is where they "stoned" people. Stoned, if you didn't know (cuz I didn't know either) meant they were pushed down the cliff. Supposedly many bones were found at the bottom of this cliff from the bodies that were pushed off the cliff as a form of punishment. Some believe that the Christ's tomb was actually at the top of this cliff.
President Hinckley also visited this Gard Tomb. As he walked around with President Brown, one of the head administrators of the center, President Hinckley just stopped and said, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" I think we can all do that.

Even though we are not sure if this is the definite place where Christ's tomb was historically, I was able to feel the Spirit strong and reflect upon the Sacrifice of our Savior.
We also got to sing a couple of hymns as a group. We just wanted to keep singing, and we did. Our group sings pretty well. We sounded good. People came around and listen to us sing.

It was a good Sabbath.

This is at David's Tower, or David's Citadel. Located near Jaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, this citadel was built to strengthen the defenses of the Old City about 2nd century BC. King Hezekiah may have been one of the first to fortify this area with this citadel. The citadel has been added on to over the years as Jerusalem got conquered by different religious groups. When Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 638, they added a minaret, where they do the call to prayer from. That tower, is not called David's Tower. Now it is used as a museum with hundereds of artifacts to describe and educate people about the history of Jerusalem. This tiled floor you see is the original flooring that kept really well. I touched it.

A group pictures at Zedekiah's cave. It is another underground quarry that supposedly had tunnels going all the way to Jericho. I don't know if its true, but supposedly Kind Zedekiah escaped through these tunnels during the invasion of the Assyrians to Jericho but was captured there anyways.

Called the St. Augustine Chapel. Beautiful chapel where the German Lutherans worship (I think). We got to sing here. The bell towers here is the highest point you can get in Jerualem and you are able to enjoy a 360 view of the surrounding areas from atop the bell tower. The bells here also ring in harmony and corresponds with the bells of the church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Jerusalem and another church (I can't really remember but I think its the Dormition Abbey church). This church, located on top of Mt. of Olives also is a charity hospital.


  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. Wow looks like you're having so much fun! I'm so jealous I wish I could be there! Get me some gold jewelry if you find anything decently priced.