We have arrived safe and sound! Our flights were uneventful with only a slight delay at the start of our second flight and with all of our luggage arriving at the other side (this is a very good thing). On our second flight we had a male flight attendant who (according to some) had a great resemblance to Hugh Jackman. I think our jet lag has reached the point of over exhaustion since this has led to several conversations regarding a theory that it was in fact Hugh Jackman who was undercover, researching for an upcoming role as a flight attendant. I guess we will have to see whether this is in fact true.
Our first day was spent touring a working farm known as Nazareth Village. This is a preserved area of land within Nazareth that has been reconstructed to be an accurate model of a working village in the first century. We started with a tour, learning about the methods of agriculture, making wine and olive oil, and keeping animals. We then were split into two groups where one was sent to learn about how the past and present has similar characteristics in regards to conflict in the region, while the other group were dressed up in traditional first century attire and the volunteered on the farm. After our first century lunch, we then switched groups to give everyone a chance to learn about the past and present and working on a first century farm.
First Century Apparel for Working on the Farm
After we returned to the Inn, a few of us continued on to the Basilica of the Annunciation, known for the location where Mary was informed by the angel Gabriel that she was pregnant. Our day was completed with a filling meal prepared by the staff of the Inn. It is now 10 pm. Some of us have turned in for the night while others are sitting enjoying the cool night air and each others company. This has been a fully packed day and I cannot wait to see what comes next.