Samuel Baker in Trooditissa:
The seclusion of the monastery has been an agreeable interval that has formed a moral harbor from the uncertain seas of busy life, and we shall leave the quiet spot and the good old monks with some regret. A great change has been affected since our arrival in early May. The heaps of filth have given place to extreme cleanliness; the monks wash their hands and faces; even the monastery yard is swept. No atom of impurity is allowed to deface the walk from the cold spring to the great walnut tree. My little garden has flourished and produced largely; the melons were excellent flavor.