Nazareth, Israel (map) Haifa, Israel (map) Jerusalem, Israel (map)
During our 4 months of travels by far the most frequent country that other travelers have been from is Israel, this is pretty impressive considering the size and population of Israel in comparison to the other countries of travelers we have met. But one thing has stayed consistent in that everyone we have met from Israel has been well educated in international politics, opinionated about the next USA election, and good at teaching you about other point of views from around the world.
So when we saw the chance to visit the country our new friends are from and see first hand the history that Israel holds we jumped at the opportunity. You may be surprised to learn that it’s not a barren country still living in the 1st century but from the areas we saw a thriving 21st century land connected by mass transportation ahead of our own (even wifi on their city and cross country buses), a large farming community, has the second-largest number of startup companies in the world (after the United States), and the largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies outside North America.
But as you can imagine as a tourist in the country for only a couple of days the highlights we were there to see where those around the historic significance of the Christian faith. Though the visit not only connected us with the roots in Christianity but the education around the history this Holy Land holds for Judaism and Islam.