Saturday, August 7, 2010
The past two days, we have been in the Old City. We walked the Way of the Cross. We went with the Franciscans on their way through the Holy Sepulcher. Then today we walked through the Armenian & Jewish Quarter, stopping at the Western Wall and walked a small portion of the Outer Wall. Then when we were leaving the Dormition German Abbey, one of the caretakers asked if we were staying for Mass? I didn't know that they had Mass at 12:00, only that they closed then. So we stayed, but they had Noon Prayer instead. It was a small group of Monks, but it was very beautiful. It was all in German. Afterwards, I spoke to a Monk and said I had gone to St. Meinrad. He seemed to brighten up and when he asked my name, Kreilein, he was really smiling to hear a German name in Jerusalem. Later that afternoon at 3:00 PM, the only time St. James Cathedral is open, we went for their midafternoon prayer. So it was a full day. Tomorrow, we leave for the Sea of Galillee Area. The place where we will stay only has internet in the lobby, so I'll see if I can get on to post a blog.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Today I went to the Ben Gurion airport to pick up Tom & Sharral Jensen from Wisconsin. Their flight was 30 minutes early and as procedure I waited in the greeting area for them. They didn't show up and didn't show up. I thought either I had missed them or they missed a flight or something. The reason they came out late was the their luggage didn't arrive. They filled out some paper work before they came out of the luggage area for delayed luggage. Since they didn't have my address, they had to go back and add some more information to it. Finally, convinced that the luggage would not arrive in a short time, we boarded a sherut (shared taxi). We ended up with a wildman at the wheel. He even pawned us off on a regular taxi that took us to the apartment. He paid for the cab himself. He really was in a hurry to get back to the airport for another pickup. We didn't get back until after 6:00 PM. Tomorrow we have plans to go to Jerusalem. Hopefully, the luggage will show up and there won't be any unexpected occurences.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Today was a work day for me. I reviewed my Scripture project. Made some changes and finalized both the video and reflection part. Backed up all my work on different flash drives. Also, thought of how to package the program. I have a few different ideas. But will have to wait until I get home to finalize those areas. Hopefully at the first Spiritual Life Meeting when I get back, I'll preview the program. This really took up most of the day. I did go to a Coffee Shop down the Street. That's really the name of the cafe. I keep forgetting about the Jewish Eating Rules. If you have dairy products, you can't have any meat. If you have meat, you can't have any dairy. You really can't mix much of anything. All clothes have to be of the same fabric. In other words, no blends like cotton & polyester. Anyways, the Cafe has meals such as salads, fish, deserts, eggs, deserts. The food was very good & I'll be back. I'm going to start on a student's version of my program right now.