The trip started by distributing the necessary food and water to the group followed by introducing the walk agenda, places to be passed through, walking beginning and ending.
After a short drive, the group arrived to the village of Artas, which is called the closed paradise due to the extraordinary beauty of the landscape in the area. The group was given a short historical and archeological overview about the village in general. The group passed by the Solomon pools, the students were really astonished to see how diligently the pools were built, and how capacitive they are. On the way also, the group had the chance to see Christian Convent of the Hortus Conclusus (The Closed Paradise) and listen to some valuable pieces of information about it.
After Leaving Artas and heading towards the village of Tuqu’, the group had the opportunity to have a close look at the Herodium mount which is a historical landmark near Tuqu’. Finally the group passed through Tuqu the village of olive trees.
The bus dropped the group at the beginning of Wadi Aljehar (the burrow valley was called so because of the plenty of burrows it has) where every body took their needs for the walk and started the hike. Walking through the valley in groups, the students were talking, laughing, and taking a lot of pictures for them selves, the group as a whole, and for the valley, its rock structure, and its flora and fauna.
Sometimes the group walked slowly as they didn’t want to miss taking a lot of pictures for such an impressive landscape of the high Rocky Mountains as well as the peculiar burrows and holes in these mountains.
Holding their back bags, water bottles, and cameras, the group was walking in an atmosphere of friendship, adventure, and humor; They enjoyed exchanging the talks and perhaps telling some jokes.
After three hours of walking, the group had a break in the middle of the valley to rest, drink water, and have a snack. Afterwards, the group resumed walking through the winding valley till finally arriving to the village of Rashaydah( Bedouin camp that is about 15 kilometers away from Tuqu).
The group moved back to the bus and drove towards the tent of Abu Isama’il who is a local host in Al Rashaydah. In the tent of Abu Isma’il, the group collectively prepared and had lunch while enjoying a true sense of the Bedouin life.
After the lunch the group cleaned the tent. Then Abu Ismael explained some issues about the Bedouins’ life. Afterwards, abu Isma’il took the group a tour in his car through the vast desert arriving to mountain that overlooks the Dead Sea. There the group enjoyed the view of the desert along with the charm of the Dead Sea.
After a little while, the beautiful day was over. Abu Isama’il drove the group back to bus, where the Students of Behtlehem University Also expressed their deep gratitude and appreciation for the Masar, its local hosts, and the role they are playing together in creating awareness for the Palestinians and the youth in particular about how beautiful and rich their country is. Its worth to mention that many students supported organizing more similar trips to allow them to benefit and learn more about their country, heritage, communities, and history. Eventually, the bus drove back where every student was dropped in his/her destination.
The students liked the trip very much that they asked if they can keep in touch and further cooperate with the Masar. They suggested to Start a club for the friends of Masar Ibrahim to continue and enhance their involvement and participation in the Masar. The idea was of course welcomed by the Masar’s staff and will followed up and worked on.