|Old port in Jaffa|
|Everyone enjoying this beautiful weather at Carmel Market|
|Pretty sure this is heaven.|
|Yes, that's the Dome of the Rock in the background.|
Our first day in Jerusalem was filled with a tour of Hebrew University (which is hands down the most gorgeous campus I have ever seen), a hectic yet exciting grocery store run, and dinner up the street from our dorms. Everything is relatively close to our accommodations and easy to navigate. So far Jerusalem is not what I expected that it would be, either. I have heard so many people speaking perfect English to one another, with no accents. From my experience thus far it seems like people speak better English here than they even did in Tel Aviv. I am excited to explore this ancient and complex city over the next two weeks. I have a feeling that I am going to have my eyes widened quite a bit. I won't deny that it was sobering to see some of the settlements and part of the wall separating the West Bank today. This will undoubtedly be a learning experience for us.
Tomorrow we are going to be attending the lecture of Dr. Simon Perry, a professor in the Graduate School at Hebrew University's Institute of Criminology in Jerusalem and Co-Director of the Program in Policing and Homeland Security. Following this we will be visiting the Dead Sea, which I am extremely excited about! One of the best parts of this trip so far has been the group of people on it, each adding a unique interest, experience, specialty, and personality. Needless to say, this opportunity is unlike anything I have ever experienced before and I can't wait for all that is to come in the next two weeks!
|Cats are everywhere!|
|View from campus of the wall separating Israel and Palestine.|