The latter half of the cruise included an entire week crossing the Atlantic Ocean before stopping in Madeira, then Casablanca, then Barcelona, with some more sea says in between.
1. Madeira visit to see the Krause Family -
2. Casablanca Mosque visit -
1. Death of passenger -
2. Continuing lousy internet service -
We boarded the MSC Divina in Miami to embark on a 17-day Cruise across the Atlantic Ocean. Nathan and Rachel found the cruise, and booked it, and Tera and I decided that it would be a great opportunity to travel with them, so we joined it as well. Our ports would be in the Caribbean, Madeira, Casablanca and Barcelona, with lots of days at sea. We were excited to be cruising again, especially given the opportunity to travel with Nathan and Rachel.
1. A last-minute temple trip in Puerto Rico
2. Scuba Diving in St. Maarten
3. Canyoneering in Martinique
4. Church attendance in Barbados
1. Denied hiking in Puerto Rico
2. A crazy car ride in Martenique
3. Lousy internet service
The last half of our Jerusalem trip was spent back in Jerusalem and its environs, including the City of David, and the Dead Sea and Masada
Tera attended a semester at the BYU Jerusalem Center back in 1992. I had always wanted to attend there, but my college experience included a trip to Russia for a study abroad instead, which I enjoyed, but there was always a tinge of wistfulness at having missed out on Israel. For our 20th anniversary, Tera and I took a Bountiful Travel bus trip to Israel, and the following year, we took the family on a trip with the Hendersons back to the Holy Land. Both trips were amazing. And fortunately, Tera reconnected with an old friend, who happens to be the chairperson of the BYU Jerusalem Center Alumni association, and she was made aware of an alumni trip to the center, for past students, and we got invited on the trip! The trip included a typical bus tour itinerary, AND it included staying multiple nights in the Jerusalem center proper. A dream came true!
We took a 10-day trip with the alumni students, with Shon Hopkins leading the tour as the faculty member, and April Giddings our fearless alumni association leader. It was the best trip so far, and I'm sure I'll go back to Israel yet again. It calls to those who have been.
1. A Jerusalem Center Experience
2. Gaining perspective and insight that has stayed with me
1. Food poisoning for the masses
2. Airport transportation delay