Monthly Archives: January 2013
Jenny’s sister Becca has been visiting us the past couple of weeks. Working around endless hours of playing hide and seek with Dominic and Ali, we managed to get out and explore some of Northern Israel, the West Bank, and the Dead Sea. Looking back, it has been a pretty full trip. We climbed Masada, home to Herod the Great’s palaces on top of an enormous plateau and site of a Jewish siege by Roman soldiers. We floated in the Dead Sea and gave ourselves a mud bath, explored the Crusader town of Akko on the Northern Coast of the Mediterranean, saw the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, had lunch on the Sea of Galilee, toured amazing Biblical sites like the spot where Jesus appeared to the apostles, and did a windshield tour of Jericho, the world’s oldest inhabited town.
We are really going to miss her (and the motivation she gave us to get out of the apartment)!
We took a quick daytrip to the Sea of Galilee. Here is Ali letting off some steam during our lunch on the water.
We are three months into our Jerusalem adventure, so seems like some new blog posts are overdue. We spent our first month just getting acclimated to our new surroundings and feeling a bit shell-shocked. Suddenly it was November, though, and we had all of our things, a great group of friends, and even a war in Gaza to deal with. I am always amazed looking back on initial weeks at a new post at how quickly life becomes normal. I guess that is part of the art of frequent relocations – if you constantly felt like you were getting settled, chances are good you would go insane. And one of the best things about having worked in this region for so long is we knew quite a few people before we arrived. Thanks to a great group of friends here, we had a wonderful holiday season here with our Foreign Service “family.” Just after Christmas, my littlest sister, Becca, arrived for two weeks with us. She leaves us tonight and we will all miss her, especially Dominic and Ali. I took a week off of work and we used the visit to finally explore Jerusalem and Israel a bit (more on that shortly).
This is a bit rambling, but simply intended to get everyone caught up on what we’ve been up to.