3 countries, 3 continents, 1 day.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Just being a world traveler, no big deal.

But seriously - praise the Lord that he managed to bring all of us from Turkey (Europe) to Cairo (Africa) and then to our new home for the next ten days - Amman, Jordan (Asia) safely!

Our team caught a very early flight out of Istanbul, leaving the dorms at Yeditepe at 3am. However, that early departure did not stop our wonderful Turkish friends from coming to see us off - a tearful goodbye that pulled on every single one of my heart strings and made me yearn for another week or two with these wonderful people. After goodbyes were said, and me made our way to the airport, we literally ran through the terminal to catch our 6:45am flight to Cairo - because if we didn't our 6 hour layover adventure to see the pyramids would be yok. And praise the Lord once again we didn't!

Now, when Westmont told us we were unable to go into Cairo for our ten days, as was originally scheduled, our team was devastated. After a big of compromising (and bartering perhaps...) we managed to work out a tiny little excursion to none other but THE PYRAMIDS during our layover. 6 hours well spent - rather than sleeping in an airport terminal! Thank you to Jim and Heather for organizing a small "macera" (Turkish for "adventure") for our team. We literally landed in Cairo, picked up our luggage, jumped on a bus, went to the pyramids, saw the grand sights and got hit by a major sandstorm, bussed back, check our luggage and went through security and jumped on a plane to Amman! What an incredible day.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our tiny (but incredible!) trip to the Great Pyramids of Giza.










Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to toy with our little time we actually got to spend in Cairo, and whipped up a major sandstorm while we were out at the site. I don't think I've ever been in a more awkward situation, trying to take photos smiling in front of these amazing structures while wind whips me ruthlessly with a mix of sand, dried camel dung, trash, and who knows what else. But - I wouldn't have traded it for anything else. Especially since I thought we wouldn't be able to get out into Cairo at all, this was a extremely special treat.

Right now we are stationed in Amman, Jordan, which is where we are staying until we fly into Israel in the middle of April. We live at the American Central for Oriental Research, which usually houses large group, local and international archeologists but now it's home to all 26 of us for the next four days. We'll be hearing from speakers for the first couple days, then going out and sightseeing for the remainder of our time here.

I miss Turkey so much, but Jordan is incredible.
It is the Middle East, and it is quite the amazing place to spend half of our last month together.

The adventures continue!

Respectfully submitted,
Leah

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