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    • Day 71

      Hiking Mt Bental (by Lewis)

      October 27, 2022 in Syria ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

      Hiking Mt. Bental was fun. Mt. Bental is in the Golan Heights. There is a great view at the top. It's also a volcano!! We got to see a bunker. There are bunkers at the top because there was a war there: the Yom Kippur war of 1973. We went in one of them. There are funny slo-mo videos of it. Andrew said (in a video) hhhhhhhheeeeeeeyyyyyyyyy gggggggggguuuuuuyyyyyyyyssssssssshh. I said...nothing!!! You should hike Mt. Bental!!Read more

    • Day 13

      Capernaum & Golan Heights

      March 15, 2023 in Syria ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      It was a rainy day, and the plans to walk the Sea of Galilee, rent a boat, and see other places where Jesus likely walked and performed miracles was thwarted by endless cycles of heavy rain. But even as we tried getting near the places that were said to be these significant points in our Lord's life, there were fees and elaborated buildings built on the sites, which makes it feel very un-authentic. The rain was a blessing as it pushed us out of focusing on what man has set up as some type of shrine to seeing more of Israel's history and meeting people in their environments and learn more about the culture here and think about why Jesus decided to come to live in Capernaum.
      We ventured up to Golan Heights because I was in search of an olive product producer 🫒🤤 As we drove there we saw many tanks and mine fields which peaked Jesse's curiosity and interest! After stocking up in olive product we went to the Valley of Tears - the largest tank battle in history. We got to climb on tanks left for a memorial and explore the trenches still there. I believe this was a miracle - the odds were so extremely against Israel but they came out ahead.
      It started heavily raining again so we went to eat at a really interesting resort where someone did massive metal work. We also learned of a local hot spot.... literally hot! Natural hot springs!! Such a welcome warm on a rainy day!!
      Then we went back down to Capernaum and got to sit and imagine Jesus meeting the fishermen and saying 'follow me' and they, dropping everything, and following Him!
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    • Day 76

      Being Flexible

      November 1, 2022 in Syria ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

      For the 0.005% of you following the news in Uganda, there’s been an Ebola outbreak that we were hoping (for so many reasons the least of which are our travel plans) would be contained to under 100 cases, but has recently spread in the capital, infecting 6 students and many others. We have shifted our plans and rather than going to Uganda to spend time with the Abayudaya (Jewish) community in Mbale, we will be spending 3 weeks in Luxor, Egypt at a worldschooling hub.

      One of the things that has been surprisingly difficult is finding other kids to play with. We were so lucky in Israel to connect with a welcoming worldschooling/ home schooling group of families with a bunch of elementary aged kids. We would meet at a different playgrounds where the kids would create imaginative play games, built castles and a moat with palm fronds, rocks and a water source, play math games on picnic benches, play soccer and run around while the parents shared travel and life experiences. It was fulfilling for all of us to have new people with whom to talk and interact.

      Thus, when we realized we couldn’t go to Uganda where Lewis and Andrew were supposed to go to school and have kids to play with, we tried to find an alternative place where they could socialize. Worldschooling hubs have popped up around the world where like-minded families will gather. The kids will attend a themed camp during the week that’s mainly kid-led play and exploration, while the adults can work or explore the country. There are meals and activities where the families can hang out and be around other people who speak English. On the weekends, the families can go on optional excursions like diving in the Red Sea or taking a felucca to Aswan. Andrew is super excited, Lewis is on board and predictably a bit nervous, and Rob and I are thrilled for the kids to be around other kids, for us to have other parents to interact with, and for the kids and us to have a break from each other. While we really enjoy each other’s company, it’s nice to have some fresh faces and stories in the mix. Now, on to Morocco where we will see Grandma and Papa before heading to Egypt!
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    • Day 8

      Temple of Pan

      December 9, 2022 in Syria ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Also referred to as the Gates of Hell this incredible place boasted not just beautiful carvings but also stunning springs. Here we heard stories of Jesus asking his disciples “who do you say that I am?”.Read more

    • Day 25

      Achtzehnte Etappe Kiryat Shmona-Sa'ar

      March 3, 2019 in Syria ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Nach dem Auffüllen der Lebensmittelbestände, haben wir unseren Reifen etwas mehr Luft verpasst. Vorbei an einigen Fischzuchten und Mandarinen Plantagen, ging es langsam bergauf. Zur Grenze zum Libanon sind es jetzt nur noch 5 km und Überbleibsel von den Kämpfen in diesem Gebiet sind immer noch allgegenwärtig.Read more

    • Day 25

      Achtzehnte Etappe Sa'ar-Sayeret Egoz

      March 3, 2019 in Syria ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      Am Sa'ar Wasserfall konnten wir dann dem "Bohnen-Snack" aus dem Kochtopf nicht widerstehen. Schließlich mussten wir uns vor der nächsten Berg-Etappe auch noch etwas stärken😀.
      Nach den 30 km und 750Hm von Kiryat Shmona nach Sayeret Egoz waren wir dann auch froh rechtzeitig vor dem Nachmittagssregen unsere Zelte aufgestellt zu haben.Read more

    • Day 26

      Neunzehnte Etappe weiter nach Mas'ade

      March 4, 2019 in Syria ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      Heidi Klum hätte heute gesagt: "Ich hab leider kein Bild für Dich"🤣.
      Es hätte schöne Bilder geben können, wären wir bei blauem Himmel und Sonne geradelt🤔. Aber heute war alles eine einzige "Suppe" (zwischendurch gab es sogar einen kurzen Hagelschauer) und die schöne Aussicht mussten wir eben unserer Phantasie überlassen.Read more

    • Day 27

      Zwanzigste Etappe zum Lavnun Beach

      March 5, 2019 in Syria ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Nach fast 70 km und über 1200 Hm bergab waren wir wieder am See von Genezareth angekommen. Am Nachmittag genossen wir endlich wieder mal bei T-Shirt-Wetter die herrliche Sonne und trockneten unsere völlig durchnässte Ausrüstung.Read more

    • Day 27

      Zwanzigste Etappe durch die Golan Höhen

      March 5, 2019 in Syria ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Kalt, aber trocken mit lockerer Bewölkung....damit konnten wir leben. Und endlich war auch der Blick frei hoch auf den Mount Hermon, der ordentlich viel Schnee hatte. Frisch gestärkt, zogen wir alles über was wir hatten und machten uns an die lange Abfahrt. Auch wenn die Sonne unsere kalten Zehen und Hände noch nicht so recht wärmen wollte, hellte sie unsere Stimmung ungemein auf und wir genossen die vorbei ziehende Landschaft. Auch wenn hier die militärische Präsenz wieder einmal nicht zu übersehen war.Read more

    • Day 3

      Zum Schluß des Tages

      January 18, 2020 in Syria ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Wieder im Hotel in Tiberias
      Die Füsse tun weh , der Kopf ist voll mit Informationen, Erlebnissen, Eindrücken und Emotionen.
      Die Stätten an denen Jesus gelebt und gelehrt hat, an denen er seine Jünger fand, die für ihn zur Wahlheimat wurden zu sehen, auf seinen Wegen zu gehen und das Eine oder Andere vielleicht genauso zu sehen, wie er das damals sah, all das ist schon etwas besonderes.
      In Kapernaum konnten wir das Wohnhaus des Petrus besichtigen. Da ist man schon nahe dran am Geschehen.
      Aber auch die heutige Realität im Dreiländereck Israel, Syrien und Jordanien in den Golanhöhen und in einem nahegelegenen Kibbuz, in dem noch heute jeder Einwohner, vom Kind bis zum Erwachsenen, seinen eigenen Bunkerplatz hat, haben uns sehr beeindruckt.
      Wir werden sicher lange brauchen, um all die Dinge zu verarbeiten.
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