Jerusalem: 3:00 p.m.
Each day is comprises a whirlwind of activity, so despite sleeping an average of five hours each night, we are exhausted and are continually nodding off on the bus.
As we have under two hours to recuperate between this morning’s walking tour of various locales around the Dome of the Rock, and tonight’s pending Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony at the Kotel, I figured I’d check my email real quick and say hi to anyone reading this.
Since landing in Israel, we’ve experienced a heat wave. I have yet to see a cloud in the sky. It’s been blisteringly hot, with temperatures in the high 80s, if not the 90s. We are always drinking water.
Food-wise, I am gaining *some* weight, especially due to pitas full of falafel and humus, or shawarmam, olives, or other salad spreads. I am also seeing a lot of foods, from the lavish spreads during hotel mealtimes or during outside restaurants. Today was a potpourri of sensory overload, complete with historical narrative at King David’s palace; roaming through the Arab Quarter; and a quick jaunt through a Jewish outdoor plaza as families buy food for Shabbat.
As two or three people of the 300 UJA participants are waiting to use the three Internet terminals, I’ll write more later…