Last April 10-11, the first Fund Raising Field Trip of Mindorenians surely brought pure fun and joy to all the groups participated. We left Tel-aviv at around 8:00 pm going to the Dead Sea.
While on the bus, here’s the guys doin’
These guys are really cool. From Tel-Aviv until the destination, they were laughing and just having fun. We had trivia games, it’s your joke and lot of games to entertain them.
When we finally arrived there, here’s the scenes..
Look at what they’re doing!
and here’s more!
These guys are really cool and made us laugh till death. Love you guys!
We also visited Masada, the Fortress. I am really amazed of this place.
Masada (Hebrew for fortress), is situated atop an isolated rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea.
It is a place of gaunt and majestic beauty. On the east the rock falls in a sheer drop of about 450 meters to the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth, some 400 m. below sea level) and in the west it stands about 100 meters above the surrounding terrain. The natural approaches to the cliff top are very difficult. It was really amazing! With it’s breathtaking views overlooking the Dead Sea and Jordan area, we were really astonished of it’s magnificence. Their historic contribution is Israel’s history between the Roman empire really wowed me. We saw all the artifacts and the entire kingdom during their regime that are worth remembering. This is the place where the defenders – almost one thousand men, women and children – led by Eleazar ben Ya’ir, decided to burn the fortress and end their own lives, rather than be taken alive.
The heroic story of Masada and its dramatic end attracted many explorers to the Judean desert in attempts to locate the remains of the fortress. The site was identified in 1842, but intensive excavations took place only in 1963-65, with the help of hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers from Israel and from many foreign countries, eager to participate in this exciting archeological venture. To them and to Israelis, Masada symbolizes the determination of the Jewish people to be free in its own land.
After that we proceed to Jericho,
a Palestinian Area governed by Jordan government. It was my first time to enter into Palestinian area and i am ambivalent though i am excited how Arab people lives. We passed through Israel border and after 50m entered into Arab border which brought me a little nervous feeling.
We visited the Monastery of Temptation, Jericho. The summit of Mount of Temptation, rising to a height of 350 meters above sea level and commanding a magnificent and panoramic view of the Jordan Valley, is the site where Jesus (pbuh) spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan, about 3 km northwest of Jericho.
A Greek Orthodox monastery was built in the 6th century over the cave where Christ (pbuh) stayed. This spot is another of the holy sites said to have been identified by Queen Helena in her pilgrimage of 326 AD.
The mountain; which from early Christian times has been called the Moun
t of Temptation; was referred to as “Mons Quarantana” by the Crusaders in the first half of the 12th century, and is locally known as Quruntul mountain (from Quaranta meaning forty, the number of days in the Gospel account of Christ’s fast).
To climb up the bare, rocky slopes of Quruntul mountain might sound daunting, as the path leading to the Monastery of the Temptation is very steep and difficult to ascend but is well worth the walk, which is in fact a trek of only 15-30 minutes but we’re lucky because we took the cable car but still i am afraid because of it’s shaky position. And when we got there, my fear of heights heightened again when i saw how steep the cliffs are and i need to wear my shades so i am not conscious to climb into the monastery. But it’s really worth our time and effort.
The nearly 30 to 40 caves on the eastern slopes of the mountain have been inhabited by monks and hermits since the early days of Christianity.
We really enjoyed the entire trip, so fulfilling and tiring but it’s worth it.
We got back to Tel-Aviv at 5pm Saturday with smile on our faces. See you next time guys! muah!