Thursday, January 26, 2012
We finished off our tour of the Rajasthan province with a morning view of the Taj Mahal. It was as impressive a structure as it looks. Perfectly symmetrical in all its parts from the gardens at the entrance, to the long fountain leading up to it, and the matching mosque and answer room that sit on either side. The only asymmetrical point is the second tomb stone of the mughal emperor who built it. Laura and I were both very impressed by the building, the details, and the love that went into building it. It's crazy that this amazing work of art was created simply to house the emperor's wife's body after death. Literally all that are inside are two tomb stones, one of which is not even meant to be there (the emperor started building a matching black marble Taj Mahal across the river for his own body, however he was stopped by his son for being crazy and thrown in jail... mughal retirement home? haha)!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I've heard of culture shock but culture switch is a new one. On a regular basis people here ask us "you from?" and Erin responds "Canada". The problem is she ALWAYS says it in a Britsh accent! I'm assuming this only confuses the locals even more. Why is this canadian girl speaking with a births accent. It makes me laugh everytime she does it. Oh the wonderful world of traveling. I heard it can do stange things to you bit this was icing on the cake. What wil this adventure bring next ?
Posted by Erin and Laura at 8:56 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012
Sights: Smog, homeless dogs, overpopulation of chipmunks, beautiful historical architecture, roadside shrines, roadside barber shops, cows wearing turbans, fires on the side of the road, peaceful and calming temples, and PASHMINAS.
Sounds: car horns!, people asking if they could take our picture (x 100000000), compliments on our shoes (a ploy to get us to follow them, our sneakers are wack), sweet bollywood music (ex. Hosana), abrasive cellphone ringtones, spiritual chanting,
Tastes: thirst, spice, dukoral, NAAN, chai, mango.
Touch: soft silk, bangles, crumbling stone.
Smells: cooking meat, pollution, street fires, urine, (but not shit!), incense.