We're at the Ben Gurion Airport now, it's about 2 pm, we're waiting for our fellow diggers to arrive from Chicago. We just spent $30 for a sandwich and drink which appals us both. Then off for a 3 hour drive to the northern tip of Israel and Kibbutz Kfar Szold.
This morning on the drive over we stopped at the Arab village of Abu Ghosh to visit the crusader "chapel". Soon after it was built, it was taken over as an muslim school. 600 years later or so, in the late 1800s, the Ottomans gave it over to a French religious order. There was a French mass in progress when we entered which even I found a little inspiring.