Monday, February 18, 2019

Visiting Wat Mongkolratanaram in Berkeley

On our "no homework day" we also visited this Thai Buddhist temple, in large part because it sounded like an interesting experiences, but also to fulfill a future homework assignment for K's World Religion course.  They serve food in return for donations and the crowd was huge - primarily UC Berkeley students, from what we could see.  Unfortunately, just as we reached the front of the line, we were informed that they had but one serving left, of eggplant.  So the four of us shared it (delicious, but not enough food for hungry teenagers or my mom, who had just finished three hours of exercise classes at the gym).

Touring the Wat itself reminded me of being in Thailand and tickled my itch to be on the road.  K had expressed some discomfort at gawking at other's religious beliefs and I felt the same once inside, like taking pictures and asking questions would be inappropriate.  Glad we went, though!

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