Dec 8, 2012
Boy, it’s yellow in Tel Aviv. 
T-29 hours until touchdown in Boise. :) See you all so soon! 

Boy, it’s yellow in Tel Aviv. 

T-29 hours until touchdown in Boise. :) See you all so soon! 

Dec 6, 2012
A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
John Steinbeck
Dec 6, 2012

Tomorrow is our last full day in Israel.  We’ve already started packing and cleaning our room, and we’re both so excited to come home!

Love to you all from abroad, and we’ll see you stateside!

Shalom,
Rhonda 

Dec 4, 2012
Rachael and I at the Christmas Service at St. Andrew’s Scottish Presbyterian Church. 

Rachael and I at the Christmas Service at St. Andrew’s Scottish Presbyterian Church. 

Dec 4, 2012

Today, I spent some time going around to places I had already been, but wanted to visit again before I left.

We (myself, and my good friends Ryan and Melanie) started out the day with Sambooki’s, a 3-shekel (around 70 cents) pastry shop that also manages to make decent cappuccinos.  We then went to the Western Wall, where we got caught in a pretty hard rain.

Sopping wet, we wove our way through the market to “The Brothers,” a jewelry shop that we’ve come to love.  We’ve made decent friends with the owners, so they always say hello and offer us tea and talk to us about the States and school and whatever else we want to talk about.

We laid our scarves out across the couches and sat and drank hot tea, and I bought a necklace that I absolutely love.  

We then went to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (that’s where I am in the picture above), where we stood in line to see the tomb (we’d all been to the Church before, but never gone in to see the tomb).  There’s some restoration work being done in the Greek Orthodox Chapel, so we didn’t get to go in there, but we did wander around and look at the mosaics.

We then stopped by a tiny Arabic shop for mango and peach nectar.  The woman behind the counter is always happy to see us.  She told us that she “loves Americans” and offered to give us Arabic lessons….like she does every time we go into the shop.

As it was still raining and I was a little bit hungry, we ducked into “Jacob’s Pizza” for a slice of famous Israeli pizza.  I can’t say that Israeli pizza is particularly fantastic, but it was nice to sit down.  They were pumping Beethoven out through the sound system and they had Tom & Jerry’s playing on the flatscreens on the wall.

All in all, it has been an absolutely fabulous day in Jerusalem.  

But I am ready to come home.

4 days!

Shalom,
Rhonda 

Nov 29, 2012
Jordanian Bagpipe Players in Jerash, Jordan.

Jordanian Bagpipe Players in Jerash, Jordan.

Nov 29, 2012

I’m sorry I’ve been so terrible at posting recently.  I have had finals and papers and craziness happening here at the school, but guess what?

I am coming home in a little over a week, and I will see all your lovely faces. :) 

Thanks for reading along with me, and I’ll try to write something a little more reflective before I leave here. 

Shalom,
Rhonda 

Nov 23, 2012

Giving Thanks

For all the wonderful friends and family I have at home.  If you’re reading this (and if you’re not reading this), I am grateful for you and so appreciative of your support and love. 

We’re having a Thanksgiving feast tonight on campus.  There are turkeys and pies and we will all gorge ourselves like good Americans.  

This Thanksgiving, I am also immensely grateful for the cease-fire that was negotiated between Israel and Gaza.  Rest assured that I am safe and sound, and that this experience has been nothing if not interesting. 

I have 2 weeks left in Israel.  Today was my last class, and I’ve already taken one of my finals.  I have 3 tests and a paper between me and the plane ride home.  

After all my finals are over, I have 9 days to kill in the city.  Rachael and I are planning on shopping and exploring the city a little bit, and maybe going to a few museums.  I have had such an incredible time here, and I can’t wait to get to share some of my experiences with you when I get home. 

Soon, friends. 

Shalom,
Rhonda 

Nov 21, 2012
friends. 

friends. 

Nov 20, 2012

Friends,

today another Red Alert Siren sounded in Jerusalem.  The rocket landed some ways to the West of us, closer to Bethlehem.  I’m safe, and you shouldn’t worry too much.  I love you all and will see you soon.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line, or check the Jerusalem Post (an Israeli newspaper) or Al Jazeera (an Arab news source).

Ahava,
Rhonda

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