Israel & Egypt
Scenes from Chapter 8: "The Preparation Continues"

Praying at the Western Wall (aka Wailing Wall)

Bullet holes in the wall around old Jerusalem -- a somber reminder of the price paid for Israel's sovereignty.

A Hassidic Jew with a cell phone in his hand and an assault rifle across his lap. Another sober reminder of daily life as a Jew in Israel and their need to be ever vigilant against terrorist attacks.

Eastern Gate (Ezekiel 44:1-3)

Roman aqueduct in Caeserea Maritime.

At Qumran, one of the caves in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

At Masada Fortress, with Dead Sea in the distance.

My wife wanted me to float in the Dead Sea and get a picture for proof that I did it. I compromised ankle-deep.

En-Gedi, where David hid from Saul.

Picture through bus window of Israeli check point. Shortly after I returned home the check points had been dismantled.

Picture through bus window of Israeli check point. Shortly after I returned home the check points had been dismantled.

Picture through bus window of Israeli check point. Shortly after I returned home the check points had been dismantled.

These Egyptian soldiers are the ones mentioned in this chapter who shook me down for 50 Egyptian dollars.

After the first shakedown, this soldier tried too, but I pretended I didn't hear him calling to me.