|The Sycamore in Jericho|
Something I've came to appreciate during this trip is that hot milk is served with coffee. Something very simple that makes a big difference when enjoying my coffee at breakfast.
Geography 101: Jericho is located in Palestine. We saw signs while driving around town reflecting that US Aid was used to build some of the roads. Politically this can be a hot topic as some Palestinians see it as trying to normalize life in a contentious "occupied" area.
The sycamore pictured above is believed to be the same sycamore tree referenced in Luke 19: 1-10
"Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Also in Jericho is Tell es-Sultan, where you can see some of the ruins of the ancient city of Jericho. Just like we learned that Nazareth and Bethlehem were small villages, ancient Jericho, wall and all, was also very small. The ruins here date back to 8000 BC.
|Learning at Tell es-Sultan|
After leaving the ancient ruins, we headed to the Dead Sea. We had an hour to enjoy floating effortlessly as well as coating our skin with the miracle mud on the sea floor. It really did make my skin super soft.
|Ashley and I at the lowest bar|
After our visit to Bethlehem we headed to Jerusalem, our home for the remainder of the trip. The Gloria Hotel was located inside the gates of the Old City and had a great rooftop terrace - perfect for drinking in the views of the city, as well as wine.
Old City Jerusalem from the Roof:
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