Monday-December 19th: Today I was in Cambodia and I saw the Angkor Wat. It is a very famous Hindu temple. There was palm trees lots of water. The temple was huge and had beautiful towers coming out of the top of it. The Angkor Wat is the Earthy representation of Mt.Meru and a source of national pride. It was truly a site to see.
I also saw Borobudur in Indonesia today. Borobudur is a special Buddhist temple. I was surprised with how big it was. I loved all the archways. It was built around 800 C.E. as a monument for the Buddha. The clouds around it really made it an amazing site.
Tuesday the 20th: Today I saw Badrinath in India. I loved all the colorful buildings. This is a very holy city for Hinduism. Many Hindus pass through this city on their yearly pilgrimage.
I also got to see the Ganges river near north India today. There was a nice breeze and it was the most beautiful river I have ever seen. The low clouds made for some cool scenery. This river is considered by the Buddhist as the holiest of rivers and is named after the goddess Ganga.
Wednesday the 21st: Today I saw the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. It was an amazing building with outstanding architecture. The white stone that make it really make it beautiful. This building was commissioned by the Mughal emperor to contain the tomb of his wife. This is a very important religious site for the Islamic people.
Today I also witnessed the great city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred city for Islamic people and the birthplace of Muhammad. Muslims pilgrimage to this sacred site to honor their faith.
Thursday the 22nd: Today I saw Bethlehem in South Jerusalem. This was the birthplace of Jesus, the Son of God. This is a very sacred place for Christians because it is the place where their Savior was born. As a tradition Christians set up a nativity scene to resemble the city of Bethlehem.
Today I also visited The Cross of Calvary in Jerusalem. I love the way that the the clouds and the sky make an excellent backdrop for the three crosses. The middle cross is where Jesus Christ was crucified next to two criminals. This is a place of sorrow for those of the Christian faith. The cross is a symbol used by Christians to symbolize Christ.
Friday the 23rd: Today I first visited the holy city of Jerusalem in Israel. Jerusalem means "The City of Peace". This is the place where all Judaism people pilgrimage yearly. They come here to worship and strengthen their faith.