July 9, 2010
Field trip day again today! I could totally get used to this schedule! Every other day we get to go out and tour the Holy Land!! Today we went to a few… noticeably lesser places. We went to Gamla–where the Roman battled some Jews led by Josephus, old bunkers in the Golan heights, and the traditional place where the casting out of the legion of devils into the pigs took place (Kursi). After we got back, we had lunch and then a half hour until we had another hike—this time, though, there was swimming involved. It was fun, except our guide did not know English very well and we took so long so we didn’t get to go to the biggest waterfall… When we got back, the other group went to the fish restaurant, which means I missed out on ever experiencing Tiberias at night… but at least the Kibuttz here had the best desserts ever. I had 6. Tonight people played kissing tag, but I just talked to other people who weren’t participating. Am I really not wanting to participate because I think it is inappropriate, or am I just lame?

In addition to the pics below, here is a youtube video of my teacher talking on site.  More for my benefit of remembering than anything, but feel free to enjoy it!

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A Ballista like the one used in the Roman siege.
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A view of the Gamla and Dalyot Wadi’s.
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The archeological dig area of the ancient synagogue at Qazrin
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a replica of the type of bed they used in the 4th-6th century
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Two friends and I at the bunker in the Golan heights. The huge jack-looking objects were to tear the tread off of tanks!
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Scott Johns and I using the bunker to its full potential
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A panoramic view of the holy place of worship at Kursi, the place of the casting out of the evil spirit into the swine.
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At the Black Waterfall located at ‘50.52’ N ‘39.042’ E with an altitude of 315.3 meters. Can I say again how much I love having a working camera again?
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Another cool view whilst on our hike. You can’t tell, but I’m standing over a waterfall. I need to get better at explaining to the kind people who I ask to take my picture (whom I love and appreciate deeply) exactly what I want in the photo. Although, is it too much to expect that some things should be self-evident…?

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