Greetings from Jerusalem!
On the 6th, I made the trek from Minneapolis to Chicago and then to Amsterdam. Due to the insanely cold temperatures (the windchill was -50 degrees.. that's inhumane), my flight out of MSP was cancelled, then my new flight was delayed, and the flight from Chicago to Amsterdam was almost four hours delayed. However, we finally made it to Amsterdam where we had some time to explore the city (I absolutely fell in love with it!!) and visit the Anne Frank Museum and the Portuguese Synagogue.
The night of the 7th we had an evening flight from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv. We arrived at our hotel a little after 3 in the morning. When I woke up that morning, I was amazed at the view from my hotel room - we were literally right on the ocean! We had a bit of time to dip our toes in the water before doing some sight-seeing in Tel Aviv and Jaffa.
Last night, we made the trip from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We will be staying here for another few nights. Today, we did an archeological tour of the old city of Jerusalem that covered a lot of the information we spent an entire semester on during my Intro to the Bible course last spring. The tour guide was great and full of information, but I still feel like my head is spinning from trying to comprehend it all!
Tonight we have a class section and some time to explore the old city on our own. Tomorrow we are attending a tradition Shabbat service (the Jewish sabbath) and having dinner with Jewish families in the area. I believe we will also be looking at some holy Christian sites in the area.
It's definitely been a good start to the trip, and I am looking forward to the upcoming weeks! (The fact that the weather is in the 70s definitely doesn't hurt, either!).