Israel : Day 1
How do I feel at the end of the day?
I feel great!! Today was only a half day with us back at the hotel by 4.00pm. I’m currently, as I write this, laying pool side soaking up some vitamin D. The day started when my roommate got up at 6.00am. We were on the bus headed to the Herodian and Bethlehem by 8.00am. The sun was good and hot by the time we had to trek up the side of a mountain to the Herodian, but it wasn’t unbearable. So in all, I’m a little sweaty and could go for a nap, but the pool is making up for it.
What was the weirdest thing I ate?
I had never had a falafel before!! Mine was a veggie falafel with chickpeas and hummus. Mmmm!!
Did I avert a disaster?
Yeah kinda. In Bethlehem we went to the Church of the Nativity. I had on a sleeveless top and luckily remembered to bring my cardigan to cover my shoulders.
What was the most beautiful thing I saw?
The view from the Herodian! It was amazing!! King Herod built this giant palace on top of a small mountain and from there you can see the distant hills of Jericho. The square stone buildings blend in with the landscape as if they had always been there.
Who was the most interest I talked to today?
Right now I’m gonna have to say everyone on this trip! They’re from all over America, and I had the chance to talk to everyone during our two hour wait to get into the caves at the Church of the Nativity.
What was the highlight of my day?
The highlight of my day. Hmmm. Probably riding around the bus and realizing that I was here. I know that may sound goofy. But see the next question for a better description of this because I think they go hand in hand today.
What was the most moving part of the day?
As we passed through the security gate into Bethlehem, it hit me that I was in the city of Jesus’ birth. The city where it all began. Y’all that is amazing. I grew up in church and heard the story of Christ’s birth countless times, but to actually be in Bethlehem…. I cannot describe to you how that felt.
Did I realize something about the trip?
I realized that I probably should have packed more sunscreen.
What was the funniest quote?
This happened right at the beginning of the day. Jim was introducing me to everyone on the bus but told them that I was from Florida. I giggled and corrected him. I’m from Georgia. But he called me Morgan!! Not Megan like he did for ages back home haha. Let’s see how tomorrow goes.
Did I learn anything? If so, what?
I learned that the Herodian was built to look like it does in the last two years of Herod’s reign. He wasn’t pleased with the way it looked and wanted it to be grander by the time he died. Also, at the time of it being built, the Herodian was the largest palace. It was out in second place when Nero decided to build his 300 some odd room palace.