We got back to the hotel and basically ran in, dropped off our stuff and ran back out. Our plan was to go to the Jerusalem YMCA where you can climb the tower to the top for a beautiful view of Jerusalem and then scoot back to the hotel prior to departing to somewhere in Jerusalem for a prayer service.
As we set out for the Y, we had an hour and twenty minutes to get there, back and eat before leaving with the group. I was afraid we would not make it back in time and as we went on the 15 minute walk to the Y we were power walking, all minus the booty shaking part. The steps to the top of the tower was 205 – and then of course back down. Have I mentioned it was raining this entire time?!
We had a good time and were happy about our little adventure, however the sky was cloudy, so I didn’t get the best pictures of the city. I felt that had I not gone, I would have missed out, so I was glad we did.
Steps to the top of the tower
Looking down on the city
King David hotel – beautiful and where important people stay when they come
The bells atop the tower
If I forget thee O Jerusalem…
As we approached the hotel, we had approximately 20 minutes to eat before the group would leave. Our food (mine mostly consisted of tomatoes and potatoes) was gobbled down and the group left a few minutes before us. They had to go pick up a few people at a second stop and since we knew where that was, we figured we could catch up with them there.
My favorite part of the night was as our group of 15 or so were walking there, Kristina leaned over to me and said, “I sure hope this place is still here…I haven’t been here or talked to them since April.” Thankfully, they were still there as it was one of the most enjoyable times we have had this week. I am not sure what the house is called – Hillel something or another, but it is similar to IHOP in Kansas city, just in Jerusalem!
We worshiped and prayed for awhile before heading back to the hotel for a nights rest.