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Christmas. Today is 12/25/09 in Jerusalem

I sleep in.

I edit photos from last night in Bethlehem for 5 hours.

Email is back on and so I catch up on a few emails.

So glad to hear some Christmas wishes from friends. It makes my day. The only Christmas spirit I felt here.

Come 4 pm I leave to fins a mass somewhere  there is suppose to be one by New Gate.

Walking is marvelous and brisk with out a backpack! I am enjoying the walk. The sun is setting and it is a beautiful neon sky of pink clouds on powder blue luminescence.

I get there to St. Savior’s Parish and I am told it is in Arabic.

After walking around the the closed Christian Information Center past Jaffa Gate, and over to Notre Dame…I buy a razor and some toothpaste. I return to St. Savior’s for the Arabic Mass.I figure it will be good – some song – some “Christmas music”.

There is none of that. There are nine people there in a goos sized Romanesque style basilica. An old priest speaks for a good 30 minutes and I decide to leave before eucharist.

Maybe there is something at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

There isn’t.

I see that the door is open at Church of the Redeemer, the Lutheran Church. There is a Bach Christmas Oratorio to be performed at 6pm by the Austrian Operatic company. I stay for 20 minutes of that and then scoot out of there for dinner at the Sisters’.

Shave (clean up neck and cheeks – keep the beard). Christmas dinner is Duck.

Spend my night updating the Log. It is finished. I am¬† half way into my time here. In some ways it feels for ever, and in others, it feels like I haven’t started yet.

Pack for tomorrow’s shoot at St. James.

Go to bed.


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  1. Lorraine Bader
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    This photo is spectacular! love it! Lorraine

  2. mike thornton
    Posted December 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Hang in there old friend, you knew there had to be reason everyone over there is so pissed off and why they fight, there nothing else to do, that’s why everyone around the world flocks to the good old USA! Love you bro,mike t in the frigid 60 degree air of cali

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