Tiberia was built in about 20AD by Herod Antipas. It’s not known if Jesus ever visited, but there were definitely some Jews in the town during His time. There are about 70 000 residents today, all of them Jews. (And, from the people we saw in downtown, a fair number of them not just religious but orthodox).
We went to the Galilee Experience, a short movie about the Galilee. It’s been there for about 25 years but didn’t have a tourist licence for a lot of that because it’s run by Messianic Jews. We were shown around by a lady from Massachusetts called Linda.
Then we had some time to look around the harbour…
… and the downtown area.
Bottle depositories in Galilee are very cute.
Kitschy beyond belief.
Then we drove home.
A conversation at dinner really messed me up, and I don’t know why. Towards the end, it just felt like anything I said, no matter what it was, was immediately used against me. I can’t get it out of my head and can’t work out why it’s bothering me so much.
But then I went and did some laundry, and met a very nice American woman called Susan from southern Illinois. She’d never been out of the country before this trip and was very excited to meet people from as many places as possible! We had a good conversation. She’s here with a group of 40 people from Free Methodist Bible colleges across the mid-west for three and a half weeks, and she’s off into Jordan in a few days, which sounds really scary because apparently the water there’s so bad they’re not allowed to brush their teeth with it and if they wash their hands, they’ve got to rinse them off with bottled water just in case.
I also had really good wi-fi coverage in the laundromat, and it’s struggling now I’m back in my room.
If there’s one thing I’m sick of hearing from the people in the group, it’s “It’s a different culture”. Well, yeah, der. But not that different. Stop saying it. Don’t use it to justify everything you either thing is wrong or can’t be bothered understanding.
On an unrelated note, I think Australia is very popular in Israel. According to what Yuval has said over the last few days, Outback Truckers is one of the most popular shows here, and Redbacks are basically the most popular shoe. There are also lots of gum trees.