Thursday, September 9, 2010


Really neat candle

Yikes, where has the time gone? I wish I had something exciting to show that I'd made over the past week, but I've been doing other non-crafty things and have only made a pair of pants that are not finished yet. And it is the Jewish New Year so Shana Tovah! I'm going to show you some pictures from when I went to Israel two and a half years ago. It was an amazing trip, but jet lag is no fun at all when you have to go back to classes a day after you got back.
First view of Israel through the bus window
The trip I went on was 10 days and started from Houston really, really early in the morning. It was seriously around 4 am when we had to be checked in to make the flight to Toronto. From there it was a long flight across the ocean to Israel with a broken movie projector, luckily one of my flight mates had a portable dvd player so we watched Futurama and something else until the battery died. 
Camel ride!
Camel ride! That is one of the guys on the trip Will and I and you can see the donkeys in the background. We switched off later and the donkeys were no fun to ride. The camels were fun, but it was kind of scary when they get up from laying down or when they go back down so you can get off. It is a very steep incline. But there was no spitting on our camel's part.

Yad Vashem

A very emotional part of the trip was visiting Yad Vashem. The way the museum is set up is in a zig zag pathway where you can only go forward or turn around.  The end of the building (the triangle shaped building in the picture) opens out on to an amazing view that I wish I had gotten a picture of. A description of the building from the The Holocaust History Museum
A central 180-meter walkway (prism) was built with exhibition galleries on either side. Between the exhibition galleries are impassable gaps extending along the breadth of the prism floor. These gaps constitute a physical obstacle, guiding the visitor into the adjacent galleries, yet always enabling eye contact with either end of the prism.
 It was an amazing place full of artifacts, stories, memories and much more of those who survived and those who perished and I really learned a lot from the visit. Yes, you do learn about the Holocaust in grade school, but there is so much that is left out.

Western Wall

The Dead Sea
Small scale model of what ancient Jerusalem and the temple looked like

In the wading pool during 40 something degree weather

Never found it

Hebrew graffiti
It looked fine until he bit into it

1 comment:

  1. ack! yay! i swear i did this exact trip about 3 years ago. i was sooo scared to go, really i was. but i thought it was amazing, and fantastic, and spiritual even tho i am not a spiritual person. yes, jews in blogland! seriously, i get tired of opening someone's blog to see first thing "i am a sinner/a child of god/ love our savior" etc. and the scriptures, too, oy. i'm off to be your newest follower!