Salaams! I'm just back from being called again to the blessed lands of Makkah and Madinah to make Umrah with my family, Alhamdulillah! I previously made Hajj about 8 years ago. That was my first pilgrimage and only my second trip overseas. It was an amazing experience, one that definitely lasts a lifetime- both the five days of hajj itself as well as the Umrah and visit to Madinah that accompanies it. I'm calling this post umrah in my 30's vs 20's, to refer to the contrast between the two trips I have had to visit Makkah and Madinah, but I'm not entirely sure what is behind the differences I felt between the previous visit and this one , but whatever it was , I found an interesting contrast that's worth thinking over. The first difference was that on this trip I felt more connected with other hajjis ( other people performing umrah). My first trip was during the time of hajjso the crowds were intense - and it was challenging for me; my test I called it.