Crossing the 'border' was disturbing today; I hope it comes across in the limited number of photos that we were allowed to take during the process.
By the way, I discovered today that Father Jeff is blogging about the trip on his Butler site. It's good stuff and worth the visit over there: http://butler-catholic.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=22&Itemid=15
George helped set the stage at the Western Wall visit this afternoon. If it works, you should be able to see a bit of video of that here:
I wasn't able to walk with the group to several sites today as my feet got in the way of each other on the Mount of Olives resulting in a bit of a tumble on the stone stairs. It felt for a few hours as though I might have stumbled into a serious knee injury, but after babying it for the rest of the day I suspect it will be functional tomorrow.
And this has nothing to do with this trip (I don't think) but I ran into a minister friend of mine from Toronto, Canada in the middle of Old Jerusalem today. Nizar Shaheen was leading a group from Australia and we literally bumped into each other entering a souvenir shop. It was a nice moment, particularly since I was hobbling along quite lost at the time and he was able to point me toward the Damascus Gate!
Thanks again for following along; I'll let my photographs speak for the rest of my day.
• Day 8 begins here with the Bethlehem border crossing: www.flickr.com/photos/jsam/sets/72157623013370947