Am back from Israel where Hodaya and I met for coffee one evening and then toured the whole next day together in Jerusalem along with my trip friend and our private taxi guide. Jerusalem is just beautiful. We went to the Wailing Wall where you write a prayer on a piece of paper and stick it in a crack in the wall. Then you pray. THen you back away from the wall as it is not the custom to turn your back on a holy site. Then we walked up the street where Jesus carried his cross. The stations of the cross are marked and there are TONS of vendors and gift shops all along this street, I think It was Via Del A Rosa. We saw several other holy sites. The day before, earlier in the day before we met Hodaya, my friend and I were taken to Nazareth, the Jordan River, and the Sea of Galilee. The only place that was super hot was the wailing wall. They had this neat fountain that I kept dowsing myself in. If I ever get back there I want to see Bethlehem and the Dead Sea. We did not have time for everything in 2 days. Interestingly, to go to Bethlahem, our Jewish driver/guide would not be able to take us to Bethlehem as that is Palestinian territory and we would have to have gotten a Palestinian driver. So too bad the rules are such and the world is not yet truly united, but hopefully some day that will happen. We can hold the hope. I did discover this great popsicle in Jerusalem sort of an ice cream surrounded by sherbert called a Twister. Those were super. I had two.
It was so much fun meeting Hodaya. She is just beautiful, she is extremely fluent in English, you would never know she had a bag, and I see a bright future for her in whatever she decides to do. Hodaya, meeting you was one of the highlights of my trip. It is so amazing how the internet has brought us all closer. I put a special prayer in the Wailing Wall for Lizzie. Israel is a beautiful country with an amazing past. I bought a special book about religious background and customs that I will be reading as soon as I get rested. I hope we both continue to do OK Hodaya and that somehow we meet again some day.
Back home in the states as of June 10 and been sleeping ever since. Really tired, but did get laundry done, mail opened, some bills paid, etc. Now going back for another 13 hours of sleep just like last night. Glad I could come to see you in May as it was the earliest I could do what with my March trip and all. I can imagine the Wailing Wall is VERY hot by now.
Tracy, thinking of you and wishing you well on your surgery. Call if you have time. Sure glad your surgeon is good and is using the adhesion barrier. So much of us in so many states of decision making, surgeries, healing, and hoping. This site is a God-send that unites us all in spirit and even some of us in person. Rosemary