So here we are, at the end of the season. We’re not quite done yet, and this is not yet my final post, but this is a post about final things. We have begun to close out sections of the dig, taking final photographs, making a mad rush to clear out that last wall, dig that last area down to sterile soil, and expose that one more area to shed a little light on a remaining mystery. Tonight we had our end of season bash! Wednesday and Thursday night we will receive lectures telling us what we have uncovered. Friday and Saturday students will flee in chaotic fashion to Ben Gurion Airport to try to make it home.
Me? I don’t know what I’m doing yet. I opted for a later flight home, planning to go to Petra afterward by myself if the free weekend didn’t work out, but it did. I was hoping to stay on and help the final closing of the dig, but the staff is sufficient and the project is running tight on resources. I’m trying to look into moving my flight to earlier, but there are many hoops to jump through, and that may cost as much as staying in a Hostel, maybe more. So perhaps I will spend one more weekend in Jerusalem. Only time (and more phone calls) will tell.
I have loved my time in Israel, and would love to return here, but I am also ready to return home to my wife and my daughter, even if it is only to get there and pack up and move right away, and to go back to work, and return to a busy life… not that life at home can possibly be any busier than it was here (as our schedule attests to).
And it’s time for a shave and a hair cut.
When next you hear from me, I will be safe back in the US (unless something goes horribly awry). Then I will be able to reflect back with full consideration on the experience I have had here.