Sitting at the airport waiting for a flight to Shanghai, and I am having Low Thoughts. I am checking Facebook and see that my friend Luke led his group through the Dead Sea area today.
So, since I need to make a quick post before the flight here are some images from the Lowest Place on Earth.
Jericho is not only one of the oldest cities in the world, it is also one of the lowest as it sits just north of the Dead Sea.
This picture is from last year when I was floating in the slimy dead sea with friends.
I would much rather enjoy the beauty of the Dead Sea like this 🙂
I am also having memories of Masada which was a fortress along the Dead Sea. I can only imagine what Herod’s palace was like during his time.
I am also remembering how refreshing the pools of En Gedi were after a long two weeks digging in the dirt at Lachish. This memory helps clean up the gross memories of floating in the slimy Dead Sea 🙂
Now, on to China.
Tonight I am packing for my trip to Shanghai. It will be a short trip of only a week, but I will be taking long flights to get there and back. The flight time is just over thirteen hours on the way and only eleven and a half on the way back.
At least my flight is on a Boeing 787. It is quickly becoming my favorite airplane. I feel much better after a long flight on a 787. See: First 787 Flight
Luckily my suitcase is mostly packed. I am just waiting on the dryer to finish so that I can fold a few more items and get them placed in the proper place.
The geometry of packing (See: The Packing Formula) is much easier if I am only traveling for a week.
Soon the suitcase will look very much like this. Including the fleece that is on top. It goes with me on almost all of my trips.
Tonight I am sleeping at home, but the next night spent in a bed will be just down the street from this bridge that I am hoping to get better pictures of next week. See: Photo List for Shanghai
My home for next week is a familiar place where I have stayed four or five times before. I am losing track 🙂
Luckily I know the local restaurants and perhaps one meal will be taken here at one of my favorite noodle shops. See: Xian Noodles
I look forward to the trip as I will be meeting with some of my trainers from around the world. We have a lot of work to do, but we should have a good time completing it.
Now to get those last items folded.