(June 2, 2016) I'm here today in Dwarka, India visiting the Dwarkadhish Temple that is over 2,000 years old. I'm amazed at it's massive beauty and can't imagine how long it took to build. The temple has many balconies with a pyramid on top. There are approximately 1 billion Hindus in India, and this in the number one sacred site visited by Hindus. It is believed that the temple stands over the place where Lord Krishna resided many centuries back in time. I had a wonderful time In India and now I'm off to Thailand!
(June 4, 2016) Thailand is absolutely beautiful, tropical, and plush! Today I visited the Wat Pho, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is home to more Buddha images than any other Bangkok temple and it shelters the largest Buddha in Thailand. The temple was nothing like I'd ever seen before. The temple was filled with gold buddhas lined up in the hallways, and sharp points at the top of the building. I highly recommend going to Thailand; the people were so nice, the country was very clean, and everything was spectacular. Time for Israel!
(June 7, 2016) It is my last day in Israel and I've had a fun and adventurous time! Yesterday, I went to the Dome of the Rock, which is a shrine that was built as a sacred site for both Muslims and Jews in the late 7th century. The temple had beautiful blue tiles on the outside and a huge gold dome on top. Israel is also the only country in the world where a majority of citizens are Jewish. The country has lots of buildings and is very lit up. I'm so glad I visited here and hope to come back one day! Goodbye Israel, hello Saudi Arabia!
(June 11, 2016) Saudi Arabia was an experience of a lifetime! I tried many new foods, went sight-seeing, and visited the Ka'ba in Mecca. The most sacred place in all of Islam is the Ka'ba. The Ka'ba is a shrine, built by Abraham according to Muslim tradition, around a black stone. The Prophet Muhammad specifically designated Mecca as the holy city of Islam and the direction in which all Muslims should offer their prayers. Ka'ba was a very cool place. There was a big white stadium with a black and gold stone in the middle. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to experience this! Now off to my final destination, the United States.
(June 14, 2016) I have to say that my last stop was my favorite! I went to Alabama in the United States, which is the top Christian state. I enjoyed the food, churches, culture, hospitality and the city. I attended a cathloic church service, and the church was spectactular. It had tall steeples and a huge wooden door along with several private prayer areas. I am so sad to be ending my trip and returning home tomorrow. I had a wonderful time in all of these places and loved experiencing these five religions. I hope you all enjoyed my blog!!!