Under the cover of the stars, myself and my fellow Australian and Canadian traveller companions made the journey to Israel via an overnight coach. We found ourselves surrounded by around fifty Russian travellers and alas, none spoke English. This would set the tone for the remainder of my short but memorable trip to the holy land. It would turn out to be extremely hard to pin point where in fact we were and where we were travelling throughout the journey, however I was not to be deterred that easily!
Arriving at the Israeli border crossing in the early hours of the morning, tired and exhausted, I couldn't contain my excitement of discovering a new and exciting land. What was excitement soon became frustration as the sun began to rise and we were yet to proceed through the border crossing. Now what we didn't know at the time we were waiting anxiously, for an entire eight hours, was that there was civil unrest near Jerusalem. This would explain the nosies I misinterpreted as fireworks later that evening, which in fact turned out to be bombs! After an ebola temperature test, lengthy questioning as to why our small party was travelling with a Russian tour bus and near the point of complete exhaustion, we finally stepped foot on Israeli soil!
Our biblical short but sweet pilgrimage was now underway!
THE DEAD SEA
LOCATION: Jordan, Palestine & Israel
BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The Dead Sea represents God's judgement on sin
CHURCH OF NATIVITY
BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE: This church is believed to be built on top of Christ's birth place
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE
BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE: This is believed to be both the spot of Christ's crucifixion and tomb
BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE: It is here that Abraham offered Isaac in sacrifice on Mount Moriah which is located behind the wall
As the sun set over the ancient historical city of Jerusalem it was time to begin our journey home.
After a long exhausting emotional and physical journey, I bid Israel goodbye as I gazed out the back of the bus window. I knew in my heart at that moment that I would never forget my memorable trip here. Oh the stories I could tell! Excited to be heading back to Egypt among fellow travellers that spoke english was secretly my biggest anticipation. Would I travel to Israel again? Most likely not. Do I regret it? Not for a second!