What did I do on September 11?
September 11, 2001 did not have its full impact on me until September 11, 2004 as I stood on Middle Eastern sand staring at Hadrian's Arch in Jerash at 8:46 Eastern Time.
I felt like I could hardly breathe.
It is truly amazing how certain events can change your life forever and take you to places you never thought you would be. I looked out over the Sea of Gallilee. I looked into Israel, Lebanon and Syria from a hilltop. My cellphone kept sending me text messages saying "Welcome to Palestine, Enjoy your stay" to notify me I was roaming. I saw ancient Roman highways where the chariot tracks were still carved into the roads. I watched religious clerics chant Quranic verses five feet away from me from on top of the first Islamic castle and fortress built by Saladin.
I carry around a picture I took from atop the world trade center looking out over NYC with me in my bag everywhere I go here. It's my way of remembering why I'm here. On September 11, 2004, I put the date imprint on my camera because I wanted to remember.
The Sea of Gallilee:
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