This week on Open Book Blog Hop we’re talking about our personal experiences.
Something I love to do is travel, and a few years ago I had the opportunity to go on a ten day tour of Israel. I also love ancient history, and the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East has some of the world’s oldest civilizations.
For me, nothing compares to the awe inspired by seeing other cultures. Experiencing the food, hearing the language, walking in places described in documents thousands of years old, seeing people in their day-to-day routiness that are so different from my own--it’s very humbling, and gives a sense of what it means to be a citizen of the world.
For a week and a half we traveled the country by buses, stopping for two or three days at a time in different locations. One thing that I realized (even though I knew it, being there made me understand it) is how small the country is compared to the U.S. The State of Israel is about 263 miles long and 44 miles wide. While there I saw the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, and the Mediterranean Sea. We traveled to Jerusalem, Masada, Capernaum, Ceasarea, Ein Gedi, Tiberias and Meggido. I saw the Dead Sea scrolls, The Israel Museum, the western wall, The Temple Mount, and rode a camel.
One of my favorite quotes is from Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” I like it because it’s about getting an education, and I believe an education is not confined to the classroom. Be a student of the world. To best see the points of view of others, you must step into their world.
Want to know more about my travels? Want to tell about your own travels? Please leave a comment!