zero to hero
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Finally, we went to Jerash, an ancient Roman city. okay. So cool. Don't mind us romping around the ruins, walking through Hadrian's Gate, standing in the Hippodrome, prancing around ancient theaters, and taking muse pics galore. Thank goodness for patient boys who put up with our incessant picture taking.
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Riding a camel in front of the Treasury
Sig Indiana Jones pic - good thing courtney is a cowboy and provided the hat and whip
sig pyramid pic - in front of the Monastery
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The activity was a huge success. There was music, dancing, food, and a lot of hard work, and I'm so so pleased with the outcome of this project. It's actually quite embarrassing how "in the zone" I was. You could say I'm a tad passionate about humanitarian aid.
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Then we went to Arad where we saw some Canaanite ruins as well as an ancient Israelite temple. I stood in the Holy of Holies and next to a sacrificial altar - crazy.
Then we went to the ruins of Avdat, a trading stop between Petra and Gaza. There we stood in two ancient temples, climbed through some caves, and took lots of nonsensical pictures.
walls of jericho
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Then we drove down to King Herod's palace... or what very, very little is left of it. Can you picture it?
Finally, we drove to the Wadi Qelt and St. George's Monastery. WOW. So incredible. We drove to the middle of nowhere (the Judean wilderness) and suddenly we were on the edge of a cliff next to a massive canyon. There is a monastery built into the side of the canyon, and it was breathtaking.
So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
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It makes me sad how quickly this week went by; I don't want this whole semester to slip through my fingers! We had about 5ish hours of class each day, and it's been quite cold and rainy, but we managed to squeeze in some time to explore the city, eat gelato, and goof off.
On Monday, we had our first field trip to several sites around the city. We saw Bethlehem, stood in the West Bank, and saw the dividing wall, Israeli settlements, monasteries, churches, and mosques. One of the most incredible things I've learned since being here is that there are so many similarities between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. It's shocking to see how the values and even our holy scripture compares. Most of our professors are locals, and I love learning about their cultures and beliefs. I think my favorite thing about this place is that it is not only holy for Latter-day Saints, but it is also holy for all Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Everyone has a sort of reverence toward the city.
Jerusalem isn't what I expected... not that I know what I really expected. It's strange because the streets I walk on are obviously not the ancient streets of Christ's time, but the feeling is the still so special. The people in the old city are hilarious and so loving. They call us the "young Mormons" as we walk by, and they love us. Our friend Shaban has BYU pennants hanging outside his shop, offers us juice every time we walk by, made all of the girls free rings, and makes scripture cases and BYU-J shirts especially for us. Love it.
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