The next place I visited on my journey was The Kaaba, or The Cube, at Al-Masjid al Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It was actually impossible for me to see this place because entrance is strictly prohibited unless you are Muslim, with the penalty being deportation from the country. In Saudi Arabia, I was required to remain within a traveling group and wear an Abaya, a robe-like garment that covered my body in combination with a Hijab, which covered my hair, ears and neck. I did see that The Kaaba is a large structure covered by a black cloth with gold geometric shapes and designs. The pilgrims, or those who visit Mecca as part of one of the 5 pillars of Islam which specifies that those who are able must make a pilgrimage to the city, walk around the Kaaba 7 times. I could imagine how crowded the area would be, with hundreds of Muslims in prayer facing the Kaaba. Overall, this was one of the most unsettling places I visited because of how strict the visiting enforcements were.