Goodbyes and hellos

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So, the kids have been dropped back at the Kalandia checkpoint where they were collected by parents or older brothers and sisters. The camp was very successful – surprisingly, their favourite part was not my training but the parachute games we played 🙂 the ‘chute took up a lot of space in my suitcase, but it was well worth it!

And then Fayez gave me a lift to Bethlehem where the Youth4Hope programme starts tomorrow. Staying at the Francisco Casa Nova Palace hotel on Manger Square I took the opportunity of an afternoon to myself to visit my old friend Jack Giacomman at his new shop in Milk Grotto Street. The shop is fantastic and Jack has managed to keep 6 olive wood careers employed since the old family business was split up. We shared a beer and caught up with family news. It was good to hear that his eldest daughter (who’s now 6!) is still clear of her health problems.

A couple if years ago, Jack acted as tourist guide and taxi to my daughter and 2 FURY friends, Lizzie and Zoey. He is a good, and honest, man – and a good friend.

Tomorrow morning the West Bank young people arrive, as do the German young people. It is a busy programme of visits, training and cultural exchanges… I can’t wait 🙂

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