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At 6:00 PM
previous day's journalDecember 15–16, 1997next day's journal
Sunrise (local): 6:31 a.m.
Sunset (local): 4:37 p.m.
55°F intermittent rain
Traveled Since Dec. 14
15 mi / 23 km

1549 mi / 2494 km
Lat: 31° 42' 16" N
Lon: 35° 12' 22" E
Elev: 2594 ft / 791 m

[Webmaster's note: This dispatch covers the days from December 15 to December 16. The almanac data refers to December 16.]

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Beit Sahour (near Bethlehem) click to view a map
Where We're Staying: Rishmawi family compound
Places We Visited: Beit Sahour, Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto), and the Palestinian Centre for Rapprochement Between People
Featured Site: Alternative Tourism Group
Person of the Day: our hosts, the Rishmawi family
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: dried nuts, seeds, and beans click to view a photograph
Breakfast: potato and onion omelette
Lunch: soup, chicken, rice, salads, and bread
Dinner: bread with a huge variety of spreads, dips, and stuffings
Olive Count: 1324
Word of the Day: "Good morning" click to hear an audio clip, "good afternoon" click to hear an audio clip, and "good evening" click to hear an audio clipChristian Arabic style!
Tech Fact of the Day: Greetings in Arabic can notify your neighbors of your religion!
Flat Count (Cumulative): 4
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 22
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Next Stop: Vacation!

BikeAbout–the Mediterranean will take a break for the holidays starting Wednesday, December 17th, 1997. We will reconvene in Jerusalem to continue the Mediterranean Journey starting January 10th, 1998. See you next year!

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