This morning our main purpose was to cross into Israel. Normally it wouldn't have been as big of a deal except for the fact that this busiest crossing checkpoint where we were supposed to go, had to stop accepting people at a certain time because the Shabbat, the Sabbath begins for Jews on Friday at Sundown, 4:23pm. On top of that, there were 22 BUSES of Palestinian individuals making their way back from a Holy Day outside of Israel and all coming back today. Well maybe not all, but 22 buses feels like a lot. It reminded me of the worst parts of Black Friday and why it's crazy!
After making it across the border into Orael, (with our bags!) we had to quickly make our way to Qumran before the National Park closed for the Sabbath. We saw Qumran where the oldest pieces of Biblical scro were found on accident by a Jordanian shepherd. After a visit here and a late lunch we made our way towards Jerusalem. To say coming into Jerusalem is awe-inspiring is an understatement. The drove up is beautiful!
We also made our way to the Garden at Gethsemane and that church that sits on top of it, remembering Jesus' suffering as he prayed before his crucifixion. The church is beautiful and we also got to see a 3000 year old tree, which means it is very possible that Jesus was praying under THAT tree the night before he was executed.
Finally back to the hotel and up bright and early for some new site seeing!
It is rather difficult to get photos loaded on this blog, but you can certainly check out our FB and they are posted there! :)