Two Very Good Days

28 March 2009
Friday, March 27: Freeeee!
I had the most delightful day. I walked far far far down the beach all by myself and sat there in the sand and the shells and the rocks. I just sat. I listened. I wrote. I took pictures or my gecko toe ring that I got in Hawaii. I miss that place.

There are these beautiful little creations of shells all over the beach. You can just pick up solid handfuls of shells.
Then when I was walking back from my secret beach spot, I discovered even more ladybugs! They are all over. There are three right here on this little plant alone. Whoa. Ladybugs are so fun.
Yay! I found a kippa too! Kippas are the little hat things that Jewish men wear on their head. I don’t really know how they keep them on, but with all of the Jews on the kibbutz and with all of the wind on the Sea of Galilee, you’d think I’d be finding a plethora of kippas on the beach. But nope, just the one.
That evening we went to a restaurant where you could either get fish, pizza, or spaghetti. Since I am very unfortunately not a fan of fish, I got spaghetti. But they just plop down this plate in front of you with an entire little fishy on it.

We put a 5 shekel coin in its mouth too, just like the story that Christ tells about paying taxes or something, or telling Peter to go fishing and he’ll find the money inside of it. I don’t really remember the story, but here’s the picture to go along with it.

Since I didn’t eat the fish like everyone else did, I thought I should at least eat the eyeball.
Clearly it tasted pretty good. Actually, it wasn’t that bad at all. There wasn’t much taste. It was just kind of gross chewing a fish eyeball.
Then we went drove to the other side of the lake and went to Tiberias. There was a store called HAPPY DAY! Yay! It was pretty much wicked awesome.

Saturday, March 27: Shabbat
Since my group was having church later in the afternoon, I was free all morning. I got my scriptures and went and sat on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and read about Jesus being on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Awesome, I know. I’m so lucky.

I sat in the grass too, underneath the beautiful sunshine. Then I took a picture of my Jerusalem Bible sandals, which are the best in the world.
And I got my BIRTHDAY BOX! A couple from Jerusalem came up to Galilee and brought all of our mail. YAY!
They sent my chunky peanut butter. I have the best family in the world. I loved this box so so so much. It made my day so wonderful. Mail is the happiest.
Then we went to another baptismal site on the Jordan River, where there were plaques of the Jesus baptism story in about five million languages. This is one Hawaiian pidgin. Dearest Hawaiian Kara read it for us.
Moon and I took this lovely picture while we were singing hymns and a couple primary songs. We sang one of my favorite songs that is maybe called “I Like to Look for Rainbows.” Good one.
GALILEE ROOMIES! Breana. Chelsea. Aleni. Hayley. We had so much fun in little cabana 154.
This is on the Jordan River. A lot of people get baptised here. It is beautiful.
Go in peace!
Then it was time for church. So we went to Tiberias and had a fabulous sacrament meeting. It was so so so so beautiful.

Here’s the view from where we had church. The view is great from the Center looking out at the city of Jerusalem, but I thought this was even better.

pretty colors
all the lovely ladies
purple day!
Chelsea and roomie Lauren
purple. yellow. and a little red. fabulous colors.
Goodbye Tiberias. Hope to see you again. Back at Ein Gev, Elyse and I happened to be rockin’ our purple genies. Gotta love those genie pants, and shabbat.

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