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Day #2 Revisited – Exploring – Finding Food

“On this day, after the morning session, Frank and I went walking in the neighborhood around the Dan Hotel.

We shared a delightful lunch along the way; but I’ll share about that little jaunt later on in a different post.”

Well here is that post.

Each day we had some time in between Session 1 and Session 2, free time, to do whatever resting or exploring we wanted to do.

The first day, we took our bus ride back to the hotel for a nap.

Which turned out not to be as much of a nap, as a crash.

We had no idea just how tired we really were.

On day two, we decided on a walk around the neighborhood to find lunch.

We had our first encounter with falafel. Oh my goodness! It is served with your choice of sweet and savory additions, inside a pita pocket.

The place we first encountered this food, was no bigger than my living room; a place open to the street; charming.

We ate a lot of falafel while in Israel.

After eating, we went on a exploration through the neighborhoods around the Dan Jerusalem Hotel.

A very nice home

We wanted to wander a bit, and perhaps see a piece of everyday life in this place.

Many homes were surrounded by stone walls or ornate fences.

What we found, was that every street was different.

The unifying factor was the color of the stone. (referenced here; https://significantencounters.com/2019/09/27/day-2-jerusalem/)

Traffic on the edge of the neighborhood.

About a block before turning onto this busy street again, we passed a school.

The children, like children everywhere, playing outside for recess. (I took no photos, because, kids!)

The laughter of children, a language we understood, a language universal.

One of my favorite views!

A very small park in the midst of a stone and concrete neighborhood.

A breath of fresh air, and a glimpse of Jerusalem.

The neighborhood changes a bit.

On the way back; reminiscent of a small town factory district, but still, family dwellings.

Turning back toward the hotel.

Although our walk was short, the heat of the day was catching up, so we headed back.

We would see many more neighborhoods on our further travels during the week.

Best view from these windows!

It was a very different type of feeling walking through these places, knowing that we were actually IN JERUSALEM!

A place many want to go, and relatively few, get to experience.

Contrary to popular belief; Never, ever, did we feel unsafe.

Another lovely home.

In my childhood dreams, this would have been a palace.

I wonder how the inhabitants think of it.

Does it look like home to you?

Home at the end of our loop.

The last home before our return to the Dan.

Not sure if the bars are for protection, or simply ornamental. (Did I mention we always felt safe?)

A bright spot in all of the neutral color.

We made it back in time to catch the second bus, and a nap at our own hotel.

Join me next time for Day #3.

Day #2 – Jerusalem

Tuesday morning began with another trip to the Dan Jerusalem Hotel.

Our speaker was Dan Juster.

Dr. Juster’s resume is a long and full one. (http://www.kkcj.org/people/info/dan-juster) His overall focus has been the Messianic Jewish movement since 1972.

The morning drive began simply enough.

Our driver took us a different way than the freeway on this morning.

It was quite like the morning drive you might experience in the states.

Traffic builds.

It was neat to drive through some neighborhoods as the people began to go about their days.

Proof that people, are just people.

Students awaiting their time to cross.

I can’t say that I remember seeing a bus anywhere.

My thought was that these kids were all within walking distance of their schools.

I did not think to ask.

Back on the freeway.

There were to things that we all noticed about Jerusalem.

Construction. Everywhere.

And clogged up traffic because of the construction.

New construction abounds!

According to codes, all buildings must be built with the same color palette.

Due highly to the availability of stone resources.

If it was not built of local stone, it was built in concrete in the same color.

The effect of the color palette is striking!

Most of the building we saw, was up.

There did not seem to be much horizontal land available.

The joke was that the national bird, was the crane.

Cranes on the horizon.

Much of our morning drive was next to construction.

Traffic pushing through, next to enormous quarry like holes.Thes bus drivers – were simply masters at traversing it all.

We were quite surprised they had any mirrors left at all!

A pleasant site amidst the traffic.

It’s hard to imagine what the terrain must have been like when Jesus walked here.

Israel has done a fine job taking rough terrain, and making it into something beautiful.

So happy we had a bus and not just sandled feet for our journey.

Tunnels. Through solid rock.

How on earth do they do that?

On this day, after the morning session, Frank and I went walking in the neighborhood around the Dan Hotel.

We shared a delightful lunch along the way; but I’ll share about that little jaunt later on in a different post.

I hope you are enjoying your little arm chair tour.

I’ll see you next time for Day #3.

Day #1 – Jerusalem

The sun comes up over Jerusalem.

Let the journey begin.

Did I mention we were waking up in Jerusalem?

View of Jerusalem – from the Dan Hotel

Every year Aglow International (https://www.aglow.org/) has an enormous conference somewhere in the continental United States.

This year it was decided that that meeting would take place in Israel, in Jerusalem.

Called a “Holy Convocation*”, as many as could, joined on site, while others partook via livestream, a little closer to their homes.

No words.

It was quite overwhelming to see this land that God has always loved so much.

Worship with around 850 of our closest friends.

We came to praise and worship God, and to fellowship with like minded individuals.

Our hearts and our purpose, bring us together as one; as Family.

Words of encouragement from our leader Jane Hansen Hoyt.

Jane’s words are both powerful and encouraging.

Her love for Christ is evident in the way she acts, speaks, and conducts business.

She is not afraid to listen for what God is saying for Aglow, herself and for Israel.

(https://www.aglow.org/about-us/president-ceo)

Our day began with Jane speaking in the morning.

Seconded by a bus ride back to our own hotel for a jet lag ridden nap.

In the evening we were back at the Dan Hotel, for more praise and worship, and a riveting message by Asher Intrater.

(https://www.jewishvoice.org/taxonomy/term/1978)

(https://www.reviveisrael.org/about-us/)

The bus ride back to our hotel did not seem as long since we had already traveled it once.

And we would travel it many times before our three days of convocating were finished.

And that my friend, is a story in itself.

Hope to see you next time.

*Convocation = 1.a large formal assembly of people. 2.the action of calling people together for a large formal assembly.