The last few days have been extremely busy, so I was glad to learn that today was going to be pretty slow. We got up at 6 to have breakfast and then did some work on the site tools so that every unit has the appropriate tools. After that we just hung out and got to know some of the new folks that have come this year. Tomorrow is going to be a very early one. We are expected to be in the field tomorrow at 5am. For those of you that didn’t know, there is indeed a 5am, and it is just as bad as you might expect it to be.
So all this week we have been making our own lunches. We have been eating pita, smoked chicken deli meat, hummus, and this very awesome spicy green pepper…stuff. It’s a paste really. And it is very good and pretty darn spicy. I am now already trying to find a way to get a few containers of that stuff home. The funny thing is, no one know what the stuff is. Even the people that can read Hebrew don’t know. Funny, but man that stuff tastes good……good. Most of the students come in over the next few days and the dig officially starts Monday. I am going to take a nap now.
We are finally here. after about 36hrs of travel we are relaxing in our air conditioned room at the great Kibbutz Ruhamma. It was really neat being able to come back here and see old friends. It was almost like we never really left. I cannot believe it has been a year. Ruhamma and the wonderful people here have made some great improvements on the Kibbutz. It is even prettier than it was last year.
Today we mainly fought pretty harsh sleep deprivation and after a small nap we cleaned out the “pottery washing” area, while dodging the possibility of running into vipers. We were told that when we clean out this area to “watch for vipers, they have been particularly bad this year”. Right. Vipers. Great. But to our great luck we did not meet with any.
Tomorrow we start early..not “dig” early but 6am still comes pretty darn early. Here is to a good night sleep in my second home. Night guys
Only a couple of days now. Its always the hardest when I only have a little while left before I leave. I always thing that I should be spending more time with my family. I am really going to miss them. A lot is going on in our live right now. We are going to be moving to Michigan in August. I am starting a PhD program in biblical and near eastern archaeology at Andrews University. Its a really nice place and I think its a really good program, but its is hard leaving so much family that we have here. Its an adventure, that’s for sure. Change is often bitter-sweet. But I think it will be good for us.
Got those tickets to Cairo! It’s official. We will be Egypt bound after our stay in Israel. Can’t wait. Thanks to my boy David Lay for all the leg work and effort to get a good deal on the tickets!
Looks like we might get the opportunity to go to Petra the last weekend we are in Israel. That weekend we have free and if we can get down to the border before Sabbath starts, we are good to go. Woot!
We have our itinerary for Egypt now. We will have confirmation on the tickets by Thursday of this week. Hope everything works out. The trip is getting close. Just a couple of weeks!