A long time ago, I was doing foreign study at the American University of Cairo. My best friend there was Palestinian-American and still had family in the West Bank. During one of our school vacations, he invited me to travel with him to Israel and spend four days looking around the area. The trip up was an event in itself but the time spent in his family's village was even more amazing. It was a village near Ramallah and we were there during the time of the first 'Intifadah.' I have some stories to tell about that! Anyway, the top picture is of the 'Dome of the Rock,' the third holiest place in Islam. The bottom picture is my friend with some of his younger siblings.