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Drinking Sage Tea

I think I could not be more committed to following the customs here, regardless of my first waking thoughts after being thankful for another day are the longing for a fresh cup of strong coffee.

Breakfast was actually brunch, consisting of fried goat cheese, olives, pita bread, zatar, olive oil, beef, egg and onion fried together and the freshest tomatoes and cucumbers possible.

Everything was salted perfectly, and the “mint” tea went down smoothly on this cold morning in March. I complemented Laila on our unusual tasting mint tea and she told me it wasn’t exactly mint.

She handed me the package of dried leaves to smell, since she didn’t know the name of the herb in English. Sure enough, it was Sage.“Good for digestion,” she said, “and to calm ones nerves.”

I suppose, being left alone with a foreigner with little language in common was going to be nerve wracking for her. But, since she is  able to read and write in English, she’s years ahead of many language learners, and I hope she finds our day together an enjoyable one.

I have such a lot of information to process from the conference. The speakers and our tour guide who was a Palestinian Christian gave us so much to think about. The spirit in which it was given was amazingly humble and gracious. I just hope a similar spirit can work it’s work in me.

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