Our ship awaits:                                                                                     May 7, 2016

Even though we were suppose to be able to sleep a little longer this morning, our community wake up call happened around 5:00am.  Living in and around this predominate Muslin country, morning prayers are amplified throughout the city just before sunup.  We also hear them four other times throughout the day.  It was interesting how unique “timing” can be.  Yesterday while at lunch, I had just prayed before our meal and immediately upon the “Amen”, the “hills came alive” with the sound of afternoon prayers, (no further comment)……….

I think that I mentioned in my previous post that late yesterday afternoon we walked back down into the city and had a “lovely” (my new favorite Aussie word) time with Sue and Glen.  Wouldn’t you all know it that although we walked around most of the Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 9.45.03 PM day, Kim found a chance to do some additional “laps” at an adult play area.  Seriously, they have all these playground toys that are designed for adults to exercise, (or I mean play).  Our Aussie friends will be traveling with us for the next four days and will be departing following our time in Athens.   We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with them, along with the other people in our Israel tour.  It was simply amazing how all 26 of us blended together.  One of the other Australian people mentioned that she were a bit nervous joining this “all American” tour group.  However, they were pleasantly surprised how quickly we all grouped together.  It truly was a special time sharing this life-changing experience with so many.

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 7.30.29 AMThis morning as I sit out on our deck typing, I can see the ship that will take us to Patmos, Crete, Santorini and eventually to Athens.  This truly is a  beautiful area of Turkey and we look forward to the further days on our trip.

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