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This morning we packed up from our place on the Dead Sea and quickly made our way to Masada which means fortress. It is likely a refuge used by David which later became a fortress built up by Herod the Great. He never lived there, and since it protects nothing in particular it is really just a show of wealth and power.
We rode up on a cable car but climbed down the back, up another mountain then down again. I think George, our guide, wants to make sure we feel the landscape and don’t just see it. Read more
We crossed into Israel yesterday. As our guide said, Israel is the only Western country in this region. There is a stark contrast as we crossed the border. Same landscape but suddenly there are many more cars and businesses. Egypt is rather challenged economically right now.
We actually walked across the border as we also changed buses and guides. We also travel without a police escort here.
Yesterday morning we wandered around in the wilderness, experiencing a bit of what the Israelites did. There is a lot of very harsh country here. Hot dry mountainous yet the most common way to die is by drowning. When it does rain nothing is absorbed and so the dry river bed (wadi) suddenly can become a raging river.
Now we are on the edge of the Dead Sea. We floated in it before dinner. You can’t sink. Very relaxing and soothing after a lot of hot hiking.
We are well. Our colleagues and friends are great company. Our guide is a passionate teacher and leader. God is good. Shabbat Shalom Read more