Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I wonder as I wander

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These Ws are for ABC Wednesday.
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We photo bloggers are prone to wanderlust.

While wandering around the Swiss Alps, I was always relieved to find a yellow Wanderweg sign and know I was actually still on the trail.
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Now that Israel is getting some long trails (like the Israel Trail and the Jesus Trail), we are also getting some standardized signage.
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Last month I found a new (I think not quite official) sign added.

The writing under the yellow arrow says "The Gilad Schalit Trail (temporary name)."
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Hamas in the Gaza Strip has been holding our young soldier prisoner for the last four and a half years.
More information about this in my previous posts.
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The pensive, sung in a minor key, Christmas carol comes to mind--"I Wonder as I Wander."
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I hope that everyone walking these renamed paths will wonder about Gilad, wonder when he will be freed to return to his family, free to hike the peaceful hills.
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19 comments:

RuneE said...

You seem to suffer from "Wanderlust", but that is not the worst affliction one can have! :-)

Rob and Mandy said...

Wander...ful!

Robin said...

Hopefully he'll be home again to wander them himself very soon.

What's the Jesus Trail?

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Leslie: said...

Do they have any signs in English or other languages? I think I might get lost as I wander! lol

Dina said...

Rune, true, I do.
BTW, I read in Wiki that Wanderlust is now an obsolete word in German.

R & M, hehe, thanks.

Robin, I don't have first hand knowledge, but basically the new Jesus Trail goes from Nazareth to Capernaum. The markings on the rocks are orange. It was the brainchild of a nice Jewish boy and their website is http://jesustrail.com/.
I heard that now the government wants to make a rival Jesus Trail of its own.

Leslie, the Hebrew-only signs could be a problem. I guess they think tourists don't have time to get off the beaten path and go deep into nature. You can get maps in English. You have to know the colors of your trail and look for them on rocks along the way.

ben wideman said...

Awesome! My friend Dave helped start the Jesus Trail!!!

Joy said...

Always a relief to find a trail sign (especially in woods) to know you are in the right direction.

ρομπερτ said...

oh !

i'll make an extra step tomorrow in thoughts of this entry.

please have a good wednesday.

daily athens

Roger Owen Green said...

i totally thought of that carol early on in your post. also the paul McCartney song Wanderlust.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Ann said...

No snow in the Swiss Alps?

You in Israel can travel easily. Not like in New Zealand, we have to travel half the world before we reach anywhere, except Australia.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I pray that Gilad Schalit will be released and rejoin his family soon.

Petrea said...

Dina, it's always nice to see your face.

You inspired me to look up the song. It has an interesting history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Wonder_as_I_Wander

Cloudia said...

Very nice picture of yourself, Dina :)



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Kay said...

You really have always been filled with wanderlust, I think. I love your photo, by the way.

I'm so sorry for all those who are caught up in the hatred and politics of war.

VP said...

Let's hope that Gilad Schalit may soon be free...

Francisca said...

I share your wanderlust, Dina. I hope Gilad and all prisoners everywhere held without due process get their rightful freedom soon.

Jew Wishes said...

I am loving all the signs.

Have wander-ful journeys.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The only way to wander, with full of wonder. :-) I enjoyed your post immensely. Peace and joy to you.

Leif Hagen said...

Das ist schon WUNDERBAR oder sollen wir WANDERBAR sagen?
: - )