Happy Easter, friends! I hope you’re all enjoying your church family, your immediate family and friends today.
I thought I would honor today by sharing all of the never-before-seen-pictures of my trip to Old City, Jerusalem. I have to admit, this entire experience was absolutely surreal. I began working for an Israeli tech company in April of 2015, so I was invited to Tel Aviv (along with about 30 other people around the world) for new hire training. I knew I’d be spending time in Tel Aviv, but was later convinced (during an eleven hour plane ride) by two amazing Israeli citizens (and former soldiers) who told me I shouldn’t miss the chance to go to Jerusalem–especially since I wasn’t sure if I’d ever have this opportunity again. We talked politics, their experiences serving in the Israeli army…but mostly about life and enjoying every moment. They gave me lots of advice about traveling to the Old City, and I appreciate the perspective I gained from them which gave me a little more courage to venture out.
What I’ve learned about the culture – very warm, welcoming, and fearless people. They possess a “west coast” mentality where they are always outside enjoying nature, including the Mediterranean waterfront, parks or the desert. Northern Israel is very green and lush. As you head to southern Israel, that’s where the terrain turns to dry.
So, I landed at 10am on a Sunday, then hopped on the green public transport bus an hour later to see the holiest city in the world.
Jerusalem, Israel Without a Guide
It turns out that Tel Aviv is like the “Silicon Valley” to the rest of the world. So, my company is headquartered there. This gives me the opportunity to travel back to Israel about twice per year. Without a guide, there were times that I ended up in parts of Old City that were unwelcoming. But then I’d experience a moment like this, that brought perspective…and calm.
Video above is of the Holocaust Memorial Observence which happens every year. After watching this from our office window, I was in tears (along with several other people from work). Very moving.
Singing inside of the Last Supper Room.
The Stone of the Anoitment inside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
I hope you enjoyed the tour, and hug your loved ones today.
He is Risen, indeed!