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holy ground

These are a collection of images, from my trip around the world,  that I shared as part of a sermon “holy ground”  for Village Presbyterian Church


Day 31: the longest day continues

It was 25 hours ago that I began the journey home from Paris…could have flown back by way of Bangkok by now, I think. But then I technically would have not made it all the way around the world, which would ruin all the fun, right?

I’m at San Francisco airport, waiting for the last leg on the journey. The flight is oversold and there are delays, but I have a seat and they appear to be boarding…and a strict warning about one small carry-on. Oops.

Day 31: return, part II

9 hours in, I’m in Frankfurt airport, waiting for the next leg of my journey: Frankfurt to San Francisco.

The good news is, I seem to have an economy plus seat for the 1 hour flight from San Francisco to LAX.

The bad news is, I don’t yet have a seat on the (apparently full) flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco. One would think that 200,000 miles for a ticket around the world might at least get you a seat. One would be wrong!

I’m guessing that, regardless of seat I’ll be able to sleep on the plane, if for no other reason than sheer exhaustion. But, it would sure be nice to sleep on either an aisle or a window, with no one next to me in the middle seat…

It’s hard to believe the month-long adventure is coming to such an imminent close. Though I’d love to keep going, I’m hoping the travel part passes quickly!

Day 14: why did the farang cross the road?


no one stops for pedestrians in Chiang Mai, so it is a bit like human frogger

no one stops for pedestrians in Chiang Mai, so it is a bit like human frogger

Q: Why did the farang (foreigner, Thai equivalent of gringo) cross the road? 
A: The farang never made it across, there was way too much traffic…

I spent my last day in Thailand cruising around Chiang Mai–and a good amount of time just waiting for the tiniest break in traffic, to cross the road. 

Chiang Mai has a moat around it, and my guest house is just on the other side of the moat, which is lined with roads on either side. 

I spent the day catching up on a bit of writing, had one last Thai meal (cost me about $2 for lunch and a mango shake) and then a Thai foot massage (cost about $3, with tip).

Tonight I fly to Cairo, where I will spend the next two days being hosted by the Evangelical Seminary in Cairo.