School's off for a couple weeks and, intrepid explorers that we are, we've planned a couple of interesting outings.
Our first - a hike into Jericho from the nearby St George's (St George the Dragon Slayer) Monastery through Wadi(Valley) Kelt.
Jericho is about an hour away but our journey took twice that due to a half hour wait at the check point while our passports were checked and us not really knowing how to explain to the taxi driver where we were going.
It was worth it.
The landscape on the way to Jericho is made up of endlessly rolling low hills. Much like massive desert sand dunes. It is a good 10 degree warmer there than Nablus and we had shed our sweaters in no time.
We arrive at the monastery and are met by a barrage of men on donkeys offering us rides into the monastery and mostly religious tourists.
We take a wander around the 6th century church before setting off on the 11km hike into Jericho.