Mount of Olives and under the Wall

20140430_191259From the crowded streets and alleys we exited through the Jafa gate and made our way by foot to the top of the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City and several grave yards. It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes.  Per the guide book the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven and a major site of Christian 20140430_190603pilgrimage as well as one kick ass sunset over the Jerusalem!  We befriended a young kid who pointed out all the sites from this 20140430_192255great vantage point from the Golan Hight and West Bank with it dividing wall to Bentham off in the distance.  We watch the sun set completely before making the long walk back (at least this was downhill), we did not count the steps on the way up, but there was a lot.

20140430_211956We grab dinner on the go as we worked our way back through the streets to the check point at the Western Wall and an 8:3020140430_190916 tour (yes we went on one tour).  This was the only way to see the excavated areas under and around the Western Wall.  It was an excellent history lesson. I found it interesting reading between the lines as our Israeli guide tried to tell a nonbiased account of the story.  It was not 10:00 when we exited the tunnels and we made our way back to our hotel and some e-mails for me and some face time and snap chatting for Jake before calling it a night around 11:30

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There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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