We arrived in Jerusalem last night and after dinner pretty much crashed for the night. My strategy of not sleeping on my way over worked! Plus the fact that I never knew what time or day it was for about three days, and 19 hours of flight later was halfway across the world.
This morning we had breakfast, listened to a speaker, and then tried to get to the buses as fast as possible! The hotel we are staying at is built into the wall of Old Jerusalem, in the Christian Quarter, which means the buses we are using to get around can't get into the city and we walk out to the main streets outside the walls to hop on board.
Once we all got on the busses and together, we headed to the Mount of Olives for a group picture, then down to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Basillica of Christs Agony. It was amazing to see the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, including the Dome of the Rock. The garden was incredible, seeing the place Jesus was betrayed and arrested, not to mention the olive trees that are supposedly 2,000 years old.
Then back on the bus to the Holocaust Museum for lunch and touring. I was astounded by the museum, especially the Children's Memorial. It took my breath away. A single (possibly two, I couldn't tell) candle lit in a pitch black room with mirrors reflecting the flame into infinity.
We jumped back on the bus for another speaker, then free time in Jerusalem before dinner. A few of us decided to walk around the market, and I just wanted to buy everything! It's wall to wall with colorful cloth, jewelry, tourist traps, and anything you can think of!
Off to dinner and another speaker, a recap with our small group, and back to the hotel for the night.
It's been a long day, and I'm really excited for tomorrow. It's a lot of walking tomorrow around Old Jerusalem, so I'm off to bed for a food nights sleep!!
I will post more about the content of the speakers we hear when I get home and can process everyone we meet. But I'm talking lots of notes, I promise!