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A Visit to the National Mosque, Masjid Negara | Explore Malaysia

A Visit to the National Mosque, Masjid Negara | Explore Malaysia

I really wanted to visit the Masjid Jemak as it is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur and I love history and architecture, but alas it was under construction and only open to worshippers. So I did the next best thing, I went to the National Mosque which is where the King of Malaysia prays on Fridays, I mean how amazing is that!

Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur | Explore Malaysia

Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur | Explore Malaysia

On my second day in Malaysia I hopped on the metro and headed to Merdeka Square. I had actually been planning on visiting a mosque near there, but unfortunately it was under construction and so I decided to wander about the square. I took the train to Masjid Jamek station, which is also the name of the mosque that precedes Merdeka Square.

Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

  When planning my trip to Malaysia, I knew that one of the things I most wanted to see was the Cameron Highlands. It is pretty obvious within the first few minutes of knowing me that I drink a lot of tea and I really wanted to try some of the tea that is made on the plantations in this area of Malaysia.

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

A marvel of Jordanian history. It had to be seen. I am happy I did not leave the Middle East without seeing this. I know it is touristy, but it still leaves you in awe, regardless if you are surrounded by tourists wearing the traditional bedouin headscarf and riding decorated camels. This archeological site surpasses all that and it is something that should not be missed when visiting Jordan.

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

While in Malaysia I wanted to explore all the different aspects of Malaysian culture. I wanted to be sure to see and learn about each culture that blended to make the Malaysian culture so unique. This included visiting specific religious sites. As I was on my own I booked a few different tours to help me get to the places I wanted to go since this was sort of my first solo trip. One of the tours I booked was…

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The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto | Explore Japan

The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto | Explore Japan

On Sunday, our flight was leaving in the evening, so we had the morning to see the last two things on our list. A Japanese shopping market where I bought several postcards, and of course we had to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine has its own metro stop, so it is very easy to access.

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto | Explore Japan

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto | Explore Japan

One of my travel goals for this year was to go to Japan and experience a Cherry Blossom Festival. Checking the dates before hand and planning which city to see the beautiful sakura in, April seemed like the best month to go. After flying into Osaka, we boarded the train to Kyoto, a ticket buying experience that was a tad confusing. We stayed at an Airbnb that was really close to the metro and a fifteen minute walk from one…

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