Day 3

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Today our destination was going to be the Sea of Galilee! We all looked anxiously out of the window, and to our relief, saw that it was a fine day, which meant that the fishermen would take us out. We embarked on a wooden boat, called the Jesus Boat, because it is a replica of an ancient boat which was buried under layers of mud, allegedly from Jesus’ day.

Once we were in the middle of the lake, an icy wind started blowing, clouds gathered and the sea started getting rough.  We were all thrilled, but the person taking us out wasn’t! We all huddled into the covered portion of the boat, while the rain pelted down! We sang hymns of praise and encourages one another. When we finally got to the shore, we had to run through the rain in order to get to a little coffee shop, which also sold souvenirs. From there, it was a short distance to the bus.  Talk about wet!

Some information about the Sea of Galilee is that it supplies over a third of the water throughout the land of Israel. The Sea of Galilee is only 32 miles in circumference and 150 feet deep at its deepest point. It is also 212 metres below sea level, and if it were just a little lower, water would not be able to be safely pumped from it, in order to help irrigate Israel.

For me, this had been the highlight of the day.

During the rest of the day, we went through the district of Tabaha, and we went to a Benedictine Church. We went up the Mount of Beatitudes, saw Benzachristi, and Capernaum. We walked over a bridge spanning the Jordan River, and then drove along the Golan Heights.

We also visited a diamond factory, a souvenir shop, and finally had dinner. Today had been eventful indeed!