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My Dream Vacation - Jerusalem Israel
Transcript of My Dream Vacation - Jerusalem Israel
Arriving at Harmony Hotel
A fairly cheap but with plenty of facilities and modern style hotel
A place where you are in the center of Jerusalem, next to Ben Yehuda Street and close to Temple Mount
A 4-star hotel which really close to Jaffa Gate and Mahane Yehuda Market.
The Lion Gate
From the Arab bread sold by the Jaffa Gate to the falafel in the Bukharan quarter, food in Jerusalem is, at its best, simple and inexpensive.
The 4th station: Jesus Meets His Mother
This is the fourth station where Jesus encountered Mary, his mother, whose grief over the torture and execution of her son is unimaginable.
The encounter between Mary and Jesus is not described in the Bible, but has existed in the popular tradition for many centuries.
This remarkable scene reminds me of how deep is parents' love to their child, reminds me of the importance in honoring my parents.
The Heartbeating Moment!
The Stations of the Cross now leave the Via Dolorosa as the final stations 10-14 are within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This encloses the crucifixion, death and burial sites of Jesus in Jerusalem.
Those entering the church should show respect by wearing pants or skirts that cover their knees, and women should wear shirts that cover their shoulders.
Even a non-believer would like to visit here to know more the history and culture of Israel. To me, this would be the
most significant moment
for my trip to Jerusalem.
My Goal for the trip!
Took 7 hours flight with Air France on Jun 11th to Paris. Since I want to save up for the trip, I stayed in economy class during the inbound and outbound.
Where is Via Dolorosa??
Family influence: Raised up in a Christian-based family, parents told me how nice that place is.
In Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world.
Located on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea.
Media and Peer influence: Every year during Christmas, people always keen to know where were Jesus' borned.
Religious influence: As a christian, I want to visit the holy place and strengthen my belief.
My Interests: As an explorer, I always want to widen my horizon, step out from my comfort zone, which leaving a wealthy, developed country like Canada, and take a journey to explore an ancient, historical city like Jerusalem.
Who? A solo trip (I have want to take for a long time)
When? June 11- 18, 2014 (during summer when I have more free and relaxing time)
Budget: $2500 (first time using my own money for the entire trip)
Stayed and rested at Paris Airport for almost 3 hours
Taking an hour ride to Jerusalem from airport.
Took 4 hours flight with Air France to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Finally arrived Israel after 14 hours of long-haul flight.
The 5th station: With Simon of Cyrene
The fifth station refers to the biblical episode in which Simon of Cyrene takes Jesus' cross, and carries it for him.
It would be a great reflection time for me to examine whether I would be willing to take and carry Jesus' cross. Also, learn to appreciate on who willing to sacrifice their time and give efforts for their beliefs.
The Final Stations: Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Ben Yehuda Street
The traditional route starts when you entered the Lions' Gate (St. Stephen's Gate), and makes its way westward through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
This located in the Old City Walls of Jerusalem and is one of seven open Gates in Jerusalem's Old City Walls.
It is right next to the Umariya Elementary School in Jerusalem.
Each Friday, a Roman Catholic procession walks the Via Dolorosa route. Acted re-enactments also regularly take place on the route, ranging from amateur productions with, to more professional drama with historically accurate clothing and props.
If there is a chance to witness this event, I believe it will strengthen my belief in Christianity.
This is the first station where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate, scourged and crowned with a crown of thorns.
I would like take some quiet moments there to mediate there and give thanks for what Jesus had done for us.
The 1st station: Franciscan Monastery of the Flagellation
Fresh vegetables and fruit, picked when ripe and untreated by chemicals, are a treat.
Outdoor cafes are good for pausing and meeting friends.
When I am planning where to eat:
1) Middle Eastern food to Americans is referred to Oriental by Israelis.
2) Kosher restaurants do not serve pork or shellfish, nor milk and meat together.
1) Learn to spend my own money wisely and take good care of myself at a different countries.
2) As a christian, the Jerusalem trip might provide some insights on my belief and let to grow more in spiritual life.
3) To have a first person experience on what history has proven on what Bible has mentioned
4) To meet and interact with the locals using some simple Hebrew or Arabic
5) To know more about the Jerusalem culture, eating habits, lifestyles and religious practice
Ben Gurion Airport