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Emily's Photo Book

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FC: Emily's Travels Around the World

1: My Passport Destinations * My first destination- Mecca, Saudi Arabia * My second destination- Lake Titicaca, Peru * My third destination -Hong Kong, China * My fourth destination- London, England * My fifth destination- Hana, Hawaii

3: Dear Dr. Lensington, What a wonderful trip to Mecca! I learned so much! Mecca is a city located in the country of Saudi Arabia and has some wonderful sites to see, including the Kaaba. The Kaaba is a holy site for the Islamic faith, where Muslims come to pray daily. One of the five-pillars of the Islamic faith, which are the basis of the Muslim religion, requires followers to make the Hajj pilgrimage once during their life, if possible. The Hajj requires followers to “Tawaf”, which is the circumambulation around the Kaaba. Circumambulation is the ritual of moving a Muslim holy object . I learned about Eid Al-Fitr, which is a celebration after a month of fasting. Coming to Mecca was an phenomenal cultural experience! Sincerely, Emily Klaassen

5: Dear Dr. Lensington, Today’s long plane ride has led me to the country of Peru in South America. What a beautiful place. I was lead to discover the largest lake in South America, Lake Titicaca. I did some research on the ancient pre-Incan people the Uros. These fascinating people have built 42 small floating islands to plant on and to live on. They build these islands out of Totora reeds, which grow in the lake. Each step the natives take on these islands sinks the islands 2-4 inches. But fortunately they constantly add more reeds that compact with each step. What a wonderful souvenir I bought, a colorful Alpaca scarf! I had a wonderful trip! Sincerely your traveler, Emily Klaassen

7: Dear Dr. Lensington, Today I visited the Whampoa Gardens in Hong Kong, China. It was a once in a lifetime experience! The Whampoa Gardens is actually not a garden at all. Rather a huge boat in the middle of downtown Hong Kong. They converted the boat into a shopping center. I spent the day eating at surrounding Chinese restaurants, taking spectacular pictures, and shopping in the boat itself. I learned how to say how are you today? You pronounce it Ni ho ni znme yng jntin? What a great trip! Sincerely, Emily Klaassen

9: Dear Dr. Lensington What a royal time I had in London, England! I first visited Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is where some of the British royal family lives, specifically Queen Elizabeth and her husband. I was very intrigued to learn about some of the humanitarian causes supported by the late Princess Diana. For example, one of Diana’s main humanitarian causes was raising world awareness about the dangers of land mines in war torn countries of Africa. She also did support groups for people with AIDS. Boxing Day is a British holiday not celebrated in the USA, this holiday is the 26th of December. It is called Boxing Day because it is the day after Christmas; during this holiday you spend time with family and box up or organize all your new gifts. Your World Traveler, Emily Klaassen

11: Dear Dr. Lensington, Hawaii is a historic state of the United States, from the discovery of the islands by Captain Cook, to the bombing of Pearl Harbor all the way to the amazing present-day surfers. Today I visited Hana, Hawaii at the Hana Cultural Center. In this center you can look or read pictures and stories of the 1946 Tsunami, and you can see the old historic courthouse. You can also go to the fun gift shop. I learned a lot about the history of Pearl Harbor. On the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack the people guarding the skies let the Japanese fleet go by. They thought it was fleet of planes they were supposed to get in from California that day. The admiral in charge of the on-site work of Pearl Harbor was completely unprepared for any attack. All of his fighter planes were lined up horizontally in rows, unable to take off 2,335 USA Servicemen were killed in this Japanese attack. Can’t wait for my next adventure! Sincerel your world traveler, Emily Klaassen

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