Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Walking the Straight Street

Last week I got back from a 4 day trip with some friends. We were able to be a part of some really great things happening in a Middle Eastern country. Here are some memories!

Our first day in, we went up the mountain the city is built on and saw the view. It made me miss Flagstaff mountain!!!

Here are my friends I travelled with.

After this, we went to the souq (market) and experienced life in this new place. The people were incredibly friendly and generous. It was a change from the crowds and dirt from where I live.

Here we are walking on A Street Called Straight. (Think harder if it's not ringing any bells yet...)

And the place where Paul met Ananias and the scales fell from his eyes.

We found a great fountian with birds everywhere.

You'll notice those guys looking at their camera. They started taking pictures of us (strange obessions with white skin and Asians), so we retaliated by taking their picture. Oooh, we're so threatening!

This building started out as a synagogue, then became a church, and is now a mosque. They do claim to have the head of John the Baptist and most Muslims believe Jesus will return to this pillar.

We spent the next two days outside of the city in the mountains. It was beautiful...and freezing. I wore 2 pairs of pants and all my shirts the entire time. We even slept with 3 blankets and hot water bottles in our bed. Here's the view from the monestary we stayed in.

And, of course, the token 300 year old mummy they found buried under the monestary when they were doing some construction.

When we returned, we had another 1 1/2 days in the city. We made to enjoy some Shwerma. (They shave the meat off of this ginormous hunk of meat and mix it with some sauce and pickeled veggies.) Yummy.

We also visited the National Museum. They had an art exhibit of painters from the 70s and 80s. During this time, all the people knew was war, and it was clearly portrayed in the artwork.

We couldn't resist!

A friendly shopkeeper, Mohammad, took us to the top of his building to see the view of the city. It was stunning.

All in all, the trip was wonderful. I continue to learn more about the diversity and culture of the Middle East, and it always inspires me. I am so thankful for these people.

1 comment:

Dora Briegleb said...

Wow, your pix and your stories are great giving us a glimpse of your very exciting life there, you are seeing the world from an insider's point of you!
Blessings, Dora