I remember the first time I went to the Borland Company offices. In addition I remember all the times I went to Redmond to visit the Microsoft Campus. These were really cool pilgrimages that I remember fondly. People like to see where some of their values come from or where a particular belief system/philosophy started.
As an American there are several cool pilgrimages like; Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC. These are founding locations of our country and help us see where things were started.
From a family background side of things I have done pilgrimages to Naples, Sicily and Vilnius. These things again were done to understand founding values of my family. In addition trying to do the steps that my father walked in world war two and Korea are also important. The only place I have left for that is Korea!
In addition as a student of History I enjoy seeing places and understanding them better by touching versus only reading – in some small way it connects me with the location where things (history) happened. With this in mind I am headed to Israel next week. I will be going to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Of course there will be some day trips to Caesarea and to the Golan Heights, and more. In Jerusalem I will see: the Mount of Olives, the Old City through via Jaffa Gate and I am sure I will walk through the Jewish quarter and the Wailing Wall. I will of course go to the Christian quarter, Via Dolorosa and the church of the holy sepulcher. This is, to me, a huge pilgrimage as a Catholic. After seeing all of this I will see Yad Vashem and then Bethlehem. This is all in one day. I have a few more days for wandering and personal pilgrimage.
As you can imagine I am pretty excited. I will no doubt have to pick up some souvenirs. I have some traditional souvenirs that I get:
- A Flag
- A Plate
- A Mug
- A Beer/bottle Opener
- Post Cards
- Some kind of Local Food
The flags I collect all hang from the ceiling of the second floor of my 34a Labs Office ceiling. The rest – well they are used as per design!
Now, preparing for this trip is no different from any other trip. First and foremost, get on wine.com and order a wine from the region. I do this so I can taste the terroir of the area before going. On this notes my wine from the Golan Heights will be arriving this afternoon – a Golan Heights Cabernet Sauvignon, Galiliee Yarden, Kosher Wine. This should go great with some burgers later!
Also – I order my currency in advance, and that is a “CHECK” also – ordered today via the @UnitedAirlines website.
In addition I read and watch everything I can about the area. The one thing that grabs me is what I saw on one NATGEO special guest said, “Praying in Jerusalem versus anywhere else is like a local call versus a long distance call”. While I do not know about that – I think I will put it to the test.
OK, That is it for this post as I have work to do. If anyone has tips and advice please do feel free to pass them on!
Ciao – R. B. Yonaitis