Quite a day… We knew we had an ambitious plan so we took our leave from Tiberias at 7:30am. As we entered the West Bank territory under Palestinian control, the difference was immediately obvious. We clearly had passed into a place that was under considerable economic duress. Our guide shared the history of the situation and his experiences. It is just so complicated and hard to even imagine a good solution. In any case, our trip intentionally is spending time in the West Bank for us to get a better understanding of the situation.
As for stops, we got to see Samaria (the city, later renamed Sebaste), Shechem in the heart of Nablus and located between Mounts Gerizim and Ebal. Due to closing times, we first went to Qumran, then backtracked a bit to Jericho. On to a fabulous hotel on the Dead Sea… All is good, and we are thankful.