|Fr. Emilio, National Director of Radio Maria USA|
25 July 2018
22 July 2018
One thing I try to do before I go on a big trip or pilgrimage is learn something about my destination. Of course, for the two trips to the UK that was easy – in a sense my entire professional life as a historian, including my training at LSU, was prep for that! Sort of the same thing was true for Italy, since I teach World Civ as well as Ancient History and a course specific to Ancient Rome. In the case of Mexico I had much less background, so I did read several books specifically on the object of that pilgrimage, the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe – but once I was there I wished I had read more broadly, especially on more recent Mexican history.
In the case of the Holy Land, both my religious background and my historical training give me a pretty firm grounding in the Biblical History (I even teach a course on that, specifically), but frankly I know little to nothing about the later history except insofar as it was peripherally significant to Roman and European history – that only up through the Crusades. Even though I have lived through most of the history of the modern state of Israel, moreover, I have had only a reasonably aware layman’s knowledge of that history as well. Yes, I read James Michener’s The Source thirty-odd years ago, but I remember almost nothing from it specifically.
So I decided to rectify that lacuna in my knowledge. My reading and movie-watching hasn’t really been systematic, but here’s what I have read and watched so far – and I may supplement this with dated updates over the next few weeks:
13 July 2018
|An assortment of travel plug adapters|
This post was inspired by a conversation I had earlier today with one of my fellow pilgrims. Since burning up your cell-phone or camera -- or worse, a piece of essential medical equipment -- is something that can potentially ruin an entire trip, I decided I would go back and reread up on it, make sure of what I "knew," and put it all together into a blog post with proper sourcing of where I got the information. So, here is what I have gleaned regarding electrical power and plugs for Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Before I go any further though, I’m mounting a disclaimer: Use what I say below at your own risk. I disclaim any liability whatsoever if you burn out your phone, computer, or whatever based on what I have written here.
Continue at your own risk....