Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Egypt Day 6

Today we took a three hour trip through the desert to visit St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai. We were the only ones to sign up for this tour so we had the van and the tour guide to ourselves. We also had an armed guard with us at all times. My mom saw this as an opportunity to pretend she was famous with a personal body guard. My dad saw this as just another person he had to tip at the end of the day! Along the way, we saw an oasis. How anything green can survive here is a miracle. Our tour guide told us that it only rains once every two to three years!

St. Catherine's Monastery is thought to be the oldest Christian monastery in the world (founded in AD 527). It is believed that this is the site where Moses saw the burning bush from which God instructed Moses to lead his people out of Egypt to the Promised Land.

Here we are standing under the evergreen that is said to be from the same stock as the burning bush. Mom has a sheet wrapped around her legs because the ding bat wore shorts and had to tip some guy to borrow one of his sheets to cover her inappropriate attire.

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