Ok, for some reason all of this is coming out really messed up and it's too difficult to try and get this all in a good order, so I'm going to leave them out of order a bit. First up are the pictures from our day trip to Jerusalem.
Nuts, you can't really see it, but this is a part of the "Ramparts Walk" Marcella, Lesley and I took. It's a walk around the outer wall of the Old City. We went from Jaffa Gate and got off at Herod's Gate. On the little map in the picture, that begins at the bottom left corner, goes around clockwise, and stops at about the top left corner. It took us about an hour. It was a beautiful walk, very breezy.
So, they're called "ramparts" because they're the fortifications! This is an arrow slit! I don't remember what their real name is called, but this is where they shoot arrows from. They're real tiny like this so the attackers can't shoot arrows back at the shooter inside the wall.
People also live on the roof of their house because it's the coolest part of the house. This family has lots of picnic tables! haha.
View of New City from one of the breaks in the ramparts. Notice the mini-skyscrapers.
Some kind of Crusader church. You can't see the flags, but it's the Crusader cross with a smaller one in each corner.
A LIME TREE! Look, Stuart, it might be Limey's cousin! hahaha.
The Mount of Olives again with a view of the golden dome of the mosque on the Temple Mount.
Um...I forget what that tower is...nuts...
Pretty garden on the rooftop of some house...
Neat designs on the wall hiding someone's rooftop so that tourists can't take a look at them. The house must use the the inner rampart as a wall of their house. We could actually hear them on the roof talking.
Then we got a really nice part with a little garden.
Then we saw a huge set of deep and steep stairs. We didn't like it much.
There was also a cemetery...
Here is the lead dome of the Holy Sepulcre church among the mish-mash of houses in Old City. I believe the tower to the left of it is the bell tower for the Lutheran church we were hoping to go to services to. Unfortunately, we were a little late entering the city because of the traffic, so we missed services.
View of the Temple Mount and some more houses...
And for those of you who may wonder, yes indeed, they have satellite TV in Israel! haha. There's also a black thing which is how they get their water. There's no plumbing in most of Old City, so they fill huge containers to get their water.
The Garden of Gethsemene...Gesthemene...don't remember how to spell it. It used to look like a skull...
We met back up at the Albright Institute to go out for lunch. It's a part of the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR)!!! I was only inside it once - and it was the library! Ghassan showed it to me. It was so cool!!!!
Here's what the courtyard looks like. It's very nice.
We did not eat at McDonalds, though I have yet to actually eat there. I've eaten Italian McDonald's fries when in Venice and I've have a German cheeseburger while in Bamberg. They tasted exactly the same. I must try the kosher stuff...hahaha.
We did, however, eat at the only non-kosher pizza place in Jerusalem. IT WAS DELICIOUS! The McDonald's, for anyone who may ever go to Jerusalem, is right off Ben Yahuda St. somewhere. I don't know the actual name of the street. The rest of my Jerusalem pictures take place in the same alley way of shops off this street.
There's at least two Irish Pubs I've seen.
Um, and for some reason this truck had the Michelin man/Marshmellow guy from Ghost Busters on it.
Immediately behind it was a Mentos truck?! It was weird, like a mini parade. hahaha.
And a really creepy mannequin hiding behind a sheet of a closed shop...
Now on to some digging pictures!
I have no idea who took this photo...it must have been Savanna or Kelly. Notice my orange shorts! This was taken last Friday. See the cramped space that is in the silo we're excavating. Lin is the supervisor in the blue shirt who has become my mentor. She helps me a LOT. In the silo with me is a fellow Lyco-ite Valerie.
A view of the hills from the Tel. There's a distinct line where the green stops and becomes very brown.
Steve giving us our Friday Tel Tour. We all go around after fruit break to see the progress made in the other fields. It's been amazing how much the site has changed from day to day. We've really been making A LOT of progress so far this year.
And that's it! Tomorrow Lesley, Marcella and I are joining Eric, Dennis, Jason, Jessica, and Byron for a tour of West Galilee!!! I'm so excited! I hope that also means swimming! We're leaving bright and early at 5am and won't be back for dinner. Tonight we're going to watch Shawn of the Dead! hahaha. Tomorrow night we might watch Princess Bride. It's become a fun weekend thing to do in the dig house.