Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Israel FAQ

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While we were in Israel, I became fairly obsessed with taking photos of doors. But you might know...I wasn't able to get the one door that I really wanted...the one at the garden tomb, because the tomb was so small I couldn't get back far enough to get the whole door in a photo. Drat.

I have had some questions about my trip to Israel, so I thought I would do a post about them. :)
  1. What was your favorite part of the trip? All of it! But seriously, I guess the two highlights that stand out for me are the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and the ruins of the old Temple in Jerusalem
  2. What surprised you the most? The smallness of Jerusalem, the close proximity of the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, and Golgatha. And I was very surprised at the HUGENESS of the temple in the days of Jesus. It would have been able to be seen for many miles. I was also amazed by how small Israel is--even though I knew that in my head. Seeing it was different. I didn't realize how hilly and mountainous it was--or that 'the wilderness' that is talked about so often in Scripture is mountain wilderness
  3. Did it make the Bible come alive? YES!!! It is amazing to be able to see the places I have read about and replace what I have imagined (or seen drawn in picture books) with the real landscape.
  4. Would you recommend the trip? YES!! I am going to do a little commercial here. I have always thought a trip like that would cost $5,000-8,000 per person. Not! It was $1,500 per person for 8 days. All hotels, transportation, guide, entrance fees to sites, and two buffet style meals per day were included. We went with Pilgrim Tours. The flights to Israel are separate, but you could save frequent flier miles for that. Our trip was definitely enhanced by our guide being a Messianic Jew because he was able to tie Old Testament and New Testament together for us. There are so many details we miss as non-Jews. There are many customs and holidays that we are unfamiliar with and miss the significance of some of the things Jesus said and did to reveal Himself to the Jewish people. If you decide to go, I will give you our guide's name so you can request him!
  5. Did you feel safe? YES! I never felt unsafe.
  6. Would you like to go again? I would LOVE to go again. :)
Thank you, Mom and Dad for taking me. It was one of the highlights of my life! I love you.


Kim K. said...

You collage of doors is just breath-taking. I'm so glad you were able to enjoy such an amazing trip despite all the initial setbacks.

Kristin Ferguson said...

I love your door collage. I used to have a framed "Doors of Reading" print. (As in Reading, PA where I grew up). I love doors too!

So when are you going to organize a bloggie friends' trip to Israel??? I'm in when you do!!!

Kimberlie said...

I love doors. I was a bit obsessed with doors when my sisters and I went to Ireland back in the late 90's. It seems that most other countries in the world like to paint their doors nice and bright. In Ireland, an entire row of houses would each have a different, and brightly colored door.

Are you going to make that door collage part of your photo poster shop? You should. :)

Kimberlie said...

You could use Luke 11:9-10. :)

Jo's Corner said...

Okay, I LOVE the doors, too! Love them! (Would you sell the print for...say your NEXT adoption fundraiser?) :D I would definitely buy a print!

BUT, I really, really, really LOVE your new Header! I like that you have your new "daughter-to-be" and son included. Your children are ALL beautiful!

I'm so happy to see a new post. I felt like I was along on your trip, by the way.

Hugs ~ Jo

Lori said...

Hi Karin- I'm a new follower, but loving every minute of your family journey and your trip to Isreal! It's obviously time for you to return to China for more kiddos, because there couldn't be a better fund raiser than a poster of those doors in Isreal! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.... even if you don't want any more kids.... couldn't you just sell these beautiful posters.... surely you can find a way to spend the money with that family of yours! I'm going to watch closely and scarf one up as soon as it's "available"!!! In the meantime, I'm headed to China for two more! :-) Lori McCary

sara said...

i was obsessed with doors in Italy too. never thought to put them all together like this...what program did you use?