Saturday, June 23, 2012

This Week

This week has been stressful and crazy with 4 exams and 2 papers. But besides studying there have been some other great parts. Here’s a few moments of my week.

Pancakes with peanut butter and bananas for breakfast. Spreading peanut butter with a spatula because they do that here in the middle east. Laughing at the couch the Palestinian boys put outside the back gate. Sweating in crevices like the back of my knees. Watching Life is Beautiful. Going through the back door of a Romanian church and finding the kindest nun, who was interrupted by her iphone ringing. Crying, I was laughing so hard, at Avery’s life-coaching stories. Learning which direction was north and finding out I’ve been wrong for the last two months. Watching the Torah being unveiled at a morning prayer service. Reciting the names of the entire Hebrew alphabet with a Jewish woman in the Yeshurun Synogague in the women’s section. Eating a free lemon popsicle in the heat. Singing He Is Risen at the Garden Tomb. Reading the Lord’s Prayer in French at the Pater Noster church. The smell of olive wood shops. Walking through Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood finally since I’ve been waiting to do this for the last two months. Learning that Homer wrote in the 8th century BCE which is during the time of Hezekiah, kind of crazy. Wading through Hezekiah’s Tunnels in shorts! Reading the first chapter of John for the first day of New Testament class, a class that will be taught mostly in Galilee in the places these events took place. Catching the sun right before it set.

Me'a Shearim, West Jerusalem

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