Testing, 1, 2, 3
Trip Start May 19, 2012
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Being rather worn out from the late night at the Holy Sepulcher "late by our standards-we've been getting up at 5:45 most mornings", it was excellent to sleep until 8:15 and roll out of bed towards breakfast. From there I made myself presentable and got my studying on for an hour or so before leading an expedition to the Jerusalem Church, an experience unique enough to merit some recording.
After a quick google search to make sure I knew how to find the church, I realized this might not be an easy task. I encountered no fewer than 4 ways to spell the name of the street on which it was located, a winding affair deep in the Old City's Christian Quarter. I might make so bold as to brush my shoulders off for getting our group of about 20 to our target: a somewhat marked, somewhat defaced residence that had its upper room turned into a sanctuary for a congregation of about 15 Palestinian Christians, led by their pastor, a missionary from South Korea
This and lunch being accomplished, it was alas time to begin studying for the test that was to come at 4:00. There's probably not a good way to say this, but I studied for probably a solid 2 1/2 hours, and should have studied for about 1/3 of that; I finished the test in literally 5 minutes, and the consensus among the group was something like "wow, that was a pleasant surprise". In celebration "and because this is what we do", after dinner a considerable contingency of us went into the new city for waffles and/or coffee. There is a phenomenon of the waffle bar here which bares mention: instead of going in for cake or similar, one goes in and gets a large, fluffy waffle topped with any number of delectable whips, icings, syrups, fruits, chocolates, and other sources of concentrated caloric deliciousness
Well I'm fading and I don't have much left to report, so I'll wrap this up. I'm currently sitting on the roof of the college, listening to a family across the way celebrate loudly in their courtyard. Tomorrow we leave for a three day, two night expedition into the south, beginning with a hike in the Judean Hill Country and a visit to the Ashkelon archeological site tomorrow before bussing it way south to the Wilderness of Zin "how awesome is that, just saying". I'm planning on bringing the lappy along and posting, facilities permitting, but we'll have to see. I think that's it for now. Peace and blessings y'all.