I cannot believe it has already been over a week since Mosaic of Peace ended! I am glad to be home and by the end I was ready for my own bed, but I would go back and relive this trip over and over again. A lot of people have been asking what the best and worst parts were and want me to tell them all about my trip And as much as I want to it is really hard. There really is no best or worst part of the trip- it was all fantastic, heart wrenching, and an incredible learning experience. I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard and wanted to cry in the same day.
Some of the things I never want to forget include
seeing "Jesus" at the Church of the Holy Sepulcer and Irene commenting "Jesus is kind of freaking me out...",
amazing falafel in Bethlehem,
laughing at jokes and playing mind games on the bus,
Naim clapping at us to herd a bus full of people around busy tourist sites,
seeing the bullet holes in the wall of the mosque in Hebron,
Matt's Mosaic of Peace song he kept singing and getting stuck in all of our heads,
having dinner with the wonderful Hazboun family,
wandering around the streets of Old Jerusalem with all the sights and smells,
Ben and I staying up too late playing that dumb bubble tablet game,
witnessing the occupation first hand,
and seeing the good work being done in such a troubling place.
I really want to tell everyone about everything, but there is just so much information it would take 5 hours and it would be extremely emotionally overwhelming. I had all the information over 10 days and it was still a lot to handle! So many people we listened to asked us to go home and tell their stories, just inform our communities what is happening, and I want to do that as objectively and without too many politics as possible so you are free to form your own opinions. Just bear with me, and I will get a presentation pulled together as soon as possible with video, facts, stories and my experience!