An unusual lifelong dream you might say. I would agree. Here is the back story--When I was in 6th grade one of the traditions was that the 6th graders put on an international fair at the end of their 6th grade year. We learned dances from other countries, sang songs, ate food, costumes, the works. And the one of the major elements of the fair was a display of a different country made by each one of us. I had toured those displays throughout my elementary career.
And for reasons that confuse me now, I ended up with the country Jordan for my year long study. We were encouraged to pick countries we knew nothing about so I randomly picked Jordan because I knew a lot about other countries. I had never heard of Jordan as a 6th grader. There is a reason for that. In the early 1960s before the Internet, encyclopedias were a main source of information for such things as reports. My encyclopedia at home had only a very small group of paragraphs about Jordan. I struggled to find any information at all for my display.
And what I remember from my study of Jordan was that it was a desert, with Arabs, and nomads. Over the years I read about Jordan whenever it came up in the news and I knew more things about Jordan than most people because I was interested. I thought I would never have an opportunity to see the real country. And then this Jordan extension thing was offered. A chance to see this country that I had studied throughout my life.
But, first we had to leave Israel. I took one more shot of the corner across from the hotel. That was the mosque tower was below my room. I stayed at the Olive Tree Hotel which seems like a place that a lot of pilgrims stay. Little raindrops kissed the bus, even though the sky was blue.
Our Christian guide told us that the Christian community wanted to build a church, but the Islamic authorities would not permit a church where there had never been one before. Finding the mosaic proved that there was a church there, and allowed this church to be built.
An old military display. and we still had miles to go and things to see and Mass to celebrate before we slept.