This was a small part of our day walking the Via Dolorosa. It was difficult for us all to stay together as the normal life of the city continued all around us. It's hard to imagine what it might be like during high holy days; shoulder to shoulder and front to back. Hard on our midwestern personal space sensibilities.
And yet, if one has an opportunity, I would still encourage one to take it. "Uncomfortable" is sometimes a good place for learning and meaning to take place. Today we travel to the Garden Tomb, a traditional site for the burial of Jesus. This is the second "traditional" site for his burial, although in truth, neither have much claim other than many have come here and spent time attempting to make it so.
The sites that mean more to me are outside of Jerusalem.
I guess I didn't want to come to Jerusalem much more than Jesus did. Galilee and the wilderness fit my midwestern theology much better than the hustle and bustle of the city. (I knew I would feel this way, so not surprised). It is what it is.