as we got off the Bus
in the middle of the Judean Desert.
When we signed up for the tour, we had been informed that we would be staying one night in a Bedouin tent. We had just finished four nights in a 4 star hotel, and this was to be the night, the night of all nights, where we would have to forgo some 4 star comforts and actually sleep overnight in a Bedouin tent! We had not been given any details so expectations and guesses as to what would ensue were rampant. Anticipation was at a fever pitch.
The various tents are for sleeping, for meals or for group meetings/seminars or workshops. The tents are permanent and decorated with colorful rugs and blankets woven from goats hair. All the floors were covered, also with colorful matts. There were wood stoves in the dining tent and a variety of table and chair combinations for the guest to chose from to eat their meals.
Being warm, a lot of the side walls of the tent were tied up so the desert air could move through keeping the tents cool.
that he had three wives and 21 children.
Notice the matts on the ground.
all around our Bedouin accommodations.
If you are ever visiting Israel, I would recommend taking in a night at a Bedouin Oasis in the desert. It is exciting and different and informs you of another aspect of life in Israel. Feels like actually touching a very real, core part of the country and people.
Then you can appreciate the life of the Bedouin and also your good fortune in your modern hotel, B&B etc. accommodations.
And so, after the "Cry in the Desert" worship service in the courtyard, we all went to sleep. Aug. 29 - day 11 had been a long one. One of the women on our bus had a walker calculator and she had clocked 6.5 miles and 82 flights of stairs for this day. No wonder we were tired.