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Monday, May 25, 2009

Blog #2

The Trip

Here are the basics of our 5 week trip.

We fly out of Atlanta on June 11th and have a 10 hour layover in Paris....AWESOME. We have from 8 in the morning til 6 at night to check out Paris.....I can't believe it!!
We will arrive at Tel Aviv Airport in Israel around 12 in the morning on June 13th.

We are staying at Neve Shalom ( Oasis of Peace) Guest House. This hotel is part of a community where Jews and Arabs have purposefully chosen to live side by side. Neve Shalom is 20 minutes from the Tel Aviv airport and 30 minutes from Jerusalem. The community is surrounded by olives groves, pine forests and fields.

We are staying four to a suite....so you guessed it- guys and girls are split up. I will be staying with 3 other women and Adam with 3 other men. We are definitely okay with us but we laughed when the doctor that did our physicals said " this will be like a second honeymoon"..NOT.
However, we do take weekend excursions and two of those are overnight stays so we have been told that we will get to stay together on those two trips. (Absence makes the heart grow fonder right?)

Ill close this one out with our Tentative Daily Work Schedule.
4:30-4:45 Wake up (first breakfast)
5:00 Bus leaves for Tel Gezer (about 20 minutes away)
5:30-8:30 Excavations
8:30-9:00 2nd Breakfast
9:00-11:15 Excavations
11:15-11:30 Fruit Break
11:30-12:30 Final Excavations and Clean Up
12:45 Bus leaves for Camp
1:00 Lunch back at Neve Shalom
1:30-4:00 Free time
4:00-5:30 Pottery Washing ( Mon-Thur)
5:30 Lecture ( Mon, Tues and Thur)
6:30 Dinner at Neve Shalom
7:00 Free Time
9:00 Quiet Time

So sounds like we may gain some weight while there right? I mean two breakfasts and a fruit break...GREAT!!!
You may be wondering why we start so early and end at 12:30 ....well with temperatures approaching 100 degrees daily we have to work during the cooler part of the day.
Next blog....What in the world are we digging up??

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