Posted in April 2009

Spice Bazaar

Spice BazaarIstanbul, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey On my way to the Grand Bazaar today, I was stopped by a rug seller, who invited me in “just for some tea.” I told him I wasn’t going to buy anything, that I didn’t want a rug, and he said that it was okay, just come in for some … Continue reading

Museum Days

Museum DaysIstanbul, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey The last two days have been museum days. Yesterday morning, I went to the Basilica Cistern. It’s bcompletely unlike any of the cisterns I saw in Israel. Its turkish name means “sunken palace” and that makes sense. It’s beautiful actually. Very decorative.A bit of a highlight for this place was … Continue reading

Istanbul

IstanbulIstanbul, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey I got an upgrade from a twin share to a single room last night, it was absoluetly beautiful. First time I had a room to myself in over a month!!!!! It had a TV and everything, I found an American kid’s christian channel, so spend part of the evening watching Psalty … Continue reading

The Holy City

The Holy CityJerusalem, Israel Jerusalem, Israel Yesterday started with an awakening to the prayers of Allah, which was rather lovely. What a way to start the day. We left to go to the Garden Tomb, which is where some people think that Jesus may have been crucified and buried. It was actually really nice, quiet … Continue reading

Jerusalem, Jerusalem!!!

Jerusalem, Jerusalem!!!Jerusalem, Israel Jerusalem, Israel Right now, we’re battling traffic in a coach in Jerusalem, trying to get back to our hotel. The roads are super busy because of the passover, so the police have decided to just block off the road we want to get to – it’s a main one. It’s causing complete … Continue reading

Easter Sunday in the Holy Land

Easter Sunday in the Holy LandBethlehem, Israel Bethlehem, Israel On Saturday, day three, we went to Nazareth. We visited this great recreated village which was meant to be what it was like back in Jesus’ day. There were shepherds and weavers, girls picking olives and sheep and donkeys; it was great! We stopped for some … Continue reading

Israel!!

Israel!!Ginosar, Israel Ginosar, Israel I’ve been here in Israel a few days…let’s backtrack a bit… Landed in Ben Guirion Airport about twelve midnight – a good eight hours after expected – long story, don’t ask. Got the dreaded Israeli passport stamp, darn! And was drilled for several minutes due to a UAE stamp… Missed my … Continue reading

Hanging out at Tegal Airport

Hanging out at Tegal AirportBerlin, Germany Berlin, Germany Last day in Berlin! I went back an revisited the Brandenburger Tor this morning for a couple of extra happy snaps of it. Then I joined the line at the Reichstag for about two and a half hours to get up to the top to see a … Continue reading

Visit to the Heilsarmee

Visit to the HeilsarmeeBerlin, Germany Berlin, Germany This morning, I went to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. It was build in the 1890´s and badly damaged when it was bombed in 1943. They´ve since rebuilt a new church building next door, but left the old one as a memorial and reminder of the damage and senselessness … Continue reading

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Sachsenhausen Concentration CampBerlin, Germany Berlin, Germany Took a trip out the the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp today. It’s about an hour north of Berlin by train. It was mainly for political prisoners. About 200 000 people passed through, 100 000 of which died of exhaustion, starvation and other diseases. There were some horrible stories told there; … Continue reading