I’ve gotten some travelling under my belt already, just within the last month. I’ll post some photos here so you can see what I have been seeing! We went to Tel Aviv and relaxed on the beautiful beach there, up north to the Golan Heights, and to the Old City as well. I am planning on going to Haifa this coming Tuesday (we have our final test Monday, and the rest of the week off).
There’s this little strip of land between Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea, home to about 7 million people, and the seat of a disproportionate amount of conflict considering its size. Depending on who you ask, it’s Israel, Palestine, the Holy Land, a safe haven, a stolen country. Regardless of nomenclature, this area includes a city quite dear to the hearts of those who follow any of the Abrahamic religions: Jerusalem.
It is here that I find myself, in the so-called “Seam Zone” between the Green Line and the West Bank barrier wall. For the next year I will be exploring, learning, attempting to cultivate some degree of understanding regarding the past and present of this contested land. There is so much beauty here; the nature of the north, to Dome of the Rock, to Eilat, along with everything in between. I hope to do as much roaming and voyaging as I do intellectual investigation, with attempts to keep this updated along the way!
Just inside Jaffa Gate