And so, in less than 48 hours I will be back again to the Holy Land, fought for throughout history by the Jews, Muslims and Christians. I for one am at a loss as to to how and why these three religions with such similar roots can be so far apart theologically (if that is even a word.)
Anyway, today’s post will hopefully be a bit more upbeat than the last as today I have almost dotted all the ‘i’s and crossed all the ‘t’s for my return.
This time Israel plays a bigger role and we have planned to do a road trip, renting a car to get us about. I will make sure that we get a good GPS system on-board, or lord knows where we will end up. So the plan is to see what we didn’t get to see in Jerusalem last time. This time we will visit the Wailing Wall when it isn’t Shabbat and we can’t get near it (as it is still my wish to leave a prayer in the wall). We will hopefully get into the complex of the Dome of the Rock and I will endeavour to leave a piece of Egyptian pottery on Flinder’s Petrie’s grave as we never managed to make it onto Mount Zion last time.
We are also meeting some Israeli guys who have offered to show us around, these seem to be very far right in their politics, so it will be an interesting journey.
We have also made plans to visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Tiberias and the Golan Heights now you see why we need a good GPS system. I feel we will be like Thelma and Louise, but hopefully with Brad Pitt and without a big cliff at the end.
Obviously, we can’t go back without visiting the village we spent time in last year. A visit there is high priority as well as revisiting Bethlehem, Hebron and Jericho…and this time we WILL make it to Nablus with a side visit to Mount Gerizim and The Samaritans.
So, youth hostels booked, train and bus timetables printed off (for where we aren’t going to have a car), Suitcase packed…..and all I have to say is this is me signing off from a rainy, grey, English Sunday…and I will hopefully see you all on the other side with stories from our big adventure.