Arrival in Bethlehem
We gathered at the Church at 5:15am in darkness. Everyone was there, all 26 excited to be starting on our adventure.
Right on time the coach appeared and we eagerly boarded to set off for Luton Airport. The checking in all worked fine and gave people ample time for a hearty breakfast. At 9am we took off, heading for Tel Aviv. The flight time was nearly 5 hours and the weather looked really good as we came in to land. Airport procedures were minimal and we emerged to meet up with Bishara, our guide, and Achmed, our driver.
As we drove towards Jerusalem, Bishara started to explain. For those new to the Holy Land, it seems very complicated. Over the next few days we will get the opportunity to experience and hear more. The drive took about one hour. We skirted Jerusalem and drove into Bethlehem. The checkpoint3 and 8 metre wall were a shock to those new to the West Bank. Darkness falls as we arrive at our guest house – St Vincents.
After finding our rooms, we gather for a wonderful evening meal, followed by Compline. Finally we get to bed, having been told we have breakfast at 6:30am and leave on our first day’s visits at 8am. So much to see and do.