|Map of my holiday travels:|
A. Beer Sheva B. Ein Gedi/Dead Sea D. Organic Goat Farm E. Tiberias on
Sea of Galilee F. Mount of Beatitudes G. Nazereth H. Tel Aviv
We returned from the Dead Sea with enough time to join about half our class for a New Year’s dinner hosted by another classmate. The next evening, after a three-hour tour of the Israeli countryside, we arrived at an organic goat farm in the verdant Galilee region, where we spent the night in large geodesic dome tents. The next morning, we drove to the Sea of Galilee and hiked around scenic Mount Arbel, which overlooks the lake and has ruins from a fortress in its cliffs and caves.
|Rosh Ha'shana dinner|
From peaceful Galilee, we headed to Nazareth, which the guidebooks warned was sometimes a disappointment. It is a busy little city and as far as historical sites go, only has a few traditional commemorative churches (my favorite name was “The Basilica of Jesus the Adolescent”). The town almost seemed irreverent; people went about their everyday business as if they didn’t care that this place was revered around the world. I felt like modern Nazareth gave me a taste of Jesus’ Nazareth: it was not terribly prosperous and had a bad reputation with the tourists. But we’ll give it another chance next time.
|Tracing amino acids in the |
sand in Tel Aviv
On the way back to Be’er Sheva, we stopped by the beach in Tel Aviv to dip our feet in the Mediterranean. Since we just can’t escape med school, we practiced writing amino acid structures in the sand. We were quiet as we neared the end of our whirlwind road trip -- returning to Be’er Sheva is a little depressing. It’s is hot, dry, sandy, dirty, and run-down. There are certainly more depressing cities in the world, but Be’er Sheva is so close to so many exciting places, which people envision when I say I’m studying in Israel. My new goal is to find the beauty that must exist here.
|Classic Dead Sea photo (Lisa and Claire)|