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Andrew’s Day 2

Posted by madtrippin on April 9, 2008

Today we went to the Sea of Galilee, which is really a large large, freshwater lake (4 miles by 22 miles or so).  We took a 30-40 minute boat ride with some site-seeing.

They have a boat they call the Jesus boat at the museum.  Jesus really had nothing to do with it, but it was dated to the time of Jesus.  I suspect adding Jesus to the name is just a marketing hook and it seemed to be working.  I was impressed with the gift shop.  They advertised their website – – on everything.

I also got an opportunity to do some mullet hunting.  I bagged a couple of good ones today with Gabe’s help doing spotting and with being a decoy, but again… I couldn’t upload them.  Tomorrow we’ll be in a new  hotel and the pictures will be up. 

We also went to a couple other holy sites (who’s names escape me at the moment).  Most notably the church that contains the altar (more of the remnants of and altar) where Jesus is said to have performed the miracle of the fishes and loaves.  They had a great koi pond and crazy, original mosaics that were totally restored (pictures tomorrow night).

The coolest place, in my opinion, was Bet She’An.  It’s an old Roman/Byzantine ruins site.  Very cool stuff – columns, a theater, aquaducts, mosaics, etc. 

I’ll be glad to move move on to Jerusalem tomorrow.  This place is about 1.5 miles out of the city and the hotel goes dead in the evening with all the older people going to bed at 9:00.  I guess the new hotel rocks and is actually in more of a metro area. 


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Gabe, Day 2….

Posted by glovin33 on April 9, 2008

Day 2. Busy as hell.  Sea of Galillee at it’s greatest.  We saw all the tourist things that a person should see…Peter’s House (the house that peter actually lived in), Jesus’s boat (boat from 1st century), the place where jesus fed the 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish, the pagan city saul was killed at, and the place where jesus was baptised by John.  Maybe a couple others.  Not sure.  More importantly…i’m having a great time.  My brother is acting as a living filter.  For those that know me, i tend to talk instead of thinking.  So having my brother here is keeping my mom happy cause i’ll make my comments quietly to him, then he gives me the ok to speak. But in classic gabe style, I’ve slipped a bunch of times…..especially when it comes to poop, bodily functions in general, and the occational sexual comment.  But i’m doing good.

One of my favorite things of the day was the games we started.  Andy is on mullet watch.  Hilarious.  I on the other hand am on phallic symbol watch.  Tomorrow I will load a pic to demonstrate and leaving you guessing till tomorrow.  it’s been great.

We ended the with a visit to the diamond cutting factory.  Which was great. We got to see how diamonds are finished and see a ton of jewelry.  It was neat. 

The food has been pretty good. As normal, my digestive system is crazy, gas here, gas there, and lots of pooping.  But i’ve done a good job at steering clear of the dairy. I know not all of you care about my digestion, but hey….everybody poops, and i like talking about it.

Till tomorrow…..

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