This week I've been experiencing armchair travel at its finest as I reread O Jerusalem, the fifth book in the Mary Russell series.
"This was the desert of Palestine: not the brutal deep desert of sand dunes and camels but a thorny, rocky, dry, inhospitable place where one could carve a living if one was stubborn and smart and did not expect too much. A hard land and a hard people, with occasional flashes of great beauty and tenderness. My respect for them grew along with the blisters on my feet."-- Laurie R. King, O Jerusalem p. 50