About Joshua S
Lives in Orange, California
Since Jul 2015
18-24 year old male
Hey everybody! My name is Josh, I'm 22 years old and learning to live with an adventurous heart in this journey called life. Travel, the outdoors, and people are three of my biggest passions and I take every opportunity I can to explore. I grew up in Souhern California my whole life, but when I graduated from High School I moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest (Spokane to be exact) to attend Bible School. I spent one year there before life brought me home, but the PNW will always have a special place in my heart. I spent a year and a half at home, exploring the Sierra Nevadas, rock climbing, backpacking, etc. until I had the opportunity in 2014 to leave home again. I spent 6 1/2 months abroad doing missions work and service projects, and of course finding time to enjoy the beauty of each new place I visited. I spent time in12 different countries and circumnavigated the globe. I can't always travel as much as I would like, but I always look forward to my next adventure!
Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Historic Walking Areas
Gardens, Historic Sites
Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
Nature & Wildlife Areas
National Parks, Historic Walking Areas
When you come to Jerusalem for its rich history, I would recommend spending most of your time in the Old City. Many of Jerusalem's landmarks are located within its walls or very close by. It is an amazing opportunity to transport yourself back in time and see what it would have been like to live in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. While much of the Old City has been rebuilt since Biblical times, it is still far older than any history you can find in many other countries, and walking through the streets of Jerusalem is an experience I will never forget!
The Western Wall is one of the most significant holy sites for Jews living in Jerusalem. The wall is the closest worshipers can get to the location of the old Jewish Temple, according to Jewish religious law, and hundreds of worshipers visit the wall to pray every day. The importance of this location makes it a very unique and interesting stop while you are in Jerusalem.
A visit to the Western Wall Tunnels is an amazing opportunity for a behind-the scenes-look at the Western Wall. The tour will take you underneath the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem for an up-close look at the incredible architecture used to build the wall. The tunnel follows along the lower section of the wall that is below ground and features single blocks of stones bigger than cars! Your guide can explain the fascinating process of how such unbelievable feats of engineering were accomplished without the use of modern technology. You will be blown away as you take in the size of the wall and the age of the architecture!
The Temple Mount gives a one of a kind look into the history of Jerusalem and the world religions. As a place of significance for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, this place has been contested throughout history. Interestingly, now Jerusalem is under Israeli control while the Temple Mount is under Islamic control. In addition to the religious and historic importance, the chance to simply appreciate the ornate Dome of the Rock and the beauty of the Temple Mount makes it worthy of a visit.
If you want a little bit of a different perspective on the history of the Old City of Jerusalem, be sure to check out the Ramparts Walk. Following along the top of the walls of the city, this pathway will give you a bird's eye view of many of Jerusalem's landmarks and even some of the archaeological digs outside the walls. Not to mention that you get to walk on top of the wall of Jerusalem. You don't want to miss it!
Hezekiah's Tunnel may have been one of the coolest things I did in Jerusalem. I had already been amazed by the 2,000 year old history throughout the city, and Hezekiah's Tunnel is estimated to be another 800 years older still (dating to the 8th century B.C.). As you descend to the tunnel, you get to see a few archeological digging sites before you wind through the tunnel to the Pool of Siloam. The whole tour is fascinating from a historical perspective and quite the adventure as well!
The Garden of Gethsemane, a very significant place for Christians, is where Jesus is said to have spent his last night before he died on the cross. While the exact location might not be accurate, this garden is close to where the event was said to have happened on the Mount of Olives. The Garden is full of olive trees and flowers, a beautiful and relaxing spot to spend some time and to read about the Biblical account.
The Garden Tomb is one of two possible places where Jesus was said to have been buried and rose again. The other is inside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, and while that spot feels very ornate and busy, with lots of visitors, the Garden Tomb has a much more restful atmosphere. Our guide shared some interesting historical support for why this could be the actual spot. The grounds are maintained beautifully and really capture the feel of what this place could have looked like 2,000 years ago. This is a very special place for anyone of the Christian faith, and an interesting and peaceful spot for anyone to visit.
Yad Vashem is a beautiful tribute to all those affected by the Holocaust. As you walk around the property, be sure to see the main hall where the entire timeline of the Holocaust is outlined, and the children's memorial, where one candle is reflected in a room of mirrors to look like thousands. A day at Yad Vashem is a sobering experience, but it's also a great opportunity to understand and learn from the past as well as pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust. The format of each exhibit is informative and displays personal stories to make the entire experience more relatable. I would absolutely recommend this memorial to anyone visiting Jerusalem.
Ein Gedi is a picturesque and refreshing desert oasis. Located just across the highway from the Dead Sea, it is tucked away in one of the most desolate areas I have ever seen. When you start hiking the desert sun is hot and intense, but you quickly arrive at the first pool of water. The hike continues through a small valley full of greenery with waterfalls and swimming holes along the way. These are perfect spots to stop and cool off while you explore. It is also Biblically significant because it's the area where King David is said to have hid from Saul in the desert and wrote some of the Psalms.
As you drive south along the Dead Sea, you will spot a massive plateau in the distance. That plateau is Masada. At one time, there was a magnificent palace perched atop the steep cliffs, but now is merely ruins. You can ride a gondola to the top — or hike if you're up for the challenge — and read about the history of Masada as you explore the ancient ruins. It's a very cool experience with exceptional views over the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley.