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Nicolette Colly: Journey to the Holy Land

Written by  Nicolette Colly
Editor’s Note: Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and soon to be health coach. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living.

After a 24-hour trek, I found myself in the Holy Land at my hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine. Bethlehem is a city that is 2,700 feet above sea level and you can feel it! Two years ago, I talked myself out of taking this trip, ironically when I really could’ve afforded it. But hey, I made it happen!
I learned some new things about Israel, Egypt, Jesus, and myself. This trip was taxing on my mind, soul, spirit, and body. The long days, fluctuating climate, and air quality really took a toll. I was exhausted by the end, my allergy symptoms were at a 10, and my anxiety got the best of me a few times. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. It made me stronger and more aware, and it changed me for the better.
 
The Holy Land
I won’t go through every site and detail about my Holy Land trip; it’s just too much. So much that I don’t remember, but I’m glad that I kept decent notes. What I do remember is my amazement at seeing the Bible come to life. We were taken to cities and holy sites I’ve only read about in the Bible and seen in pictures.
 
We were lead in the footsteps of Jesus through Bethlehem, Tiberius, Jerusalem, and into St. Catherine, Sharm El Sheikh, and Cairo in Egypt. Some of the sites were the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Jacob’s Well, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and the most important stop, the very place where Jesus was born, the Church of the Nativity.

Other highlights included floating in the Dead Sea and scrubbing with the mud. I saw the enormous wall that stands between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. It was quiet and peaceful unlike what we’re shown on TV. The biggest blessing was that I was baptized in the River Jordan and visited the Garden Tomb.

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