Leaving Bethlehem to go to Jerusalem takes some planning and more time that you would expect, because one never knows how much time will be needed in order to go through the check points. Yesterday I went to Jerusalem with a fellow participant. This was the first time I have gone to Jerusalem on my own, i.e. not with the organized group.
Parts of the day were challenging and frustrating, other parts were very plesant.
Going through the check points one sees how people are treated. Based upon the whim of the soilders doing their jobs... to the people wanting to go to Jerusalem for work or whatever is on their schedule for the day.
For us, we were pilgrims going to see the churches on the Mount of Olives, but first we had to pass through the check point. It makes one feel as though you were in prision, or a rat going through a rat maze.