(Message sent Wed, 01 Nov 2006 07:12:22 -0700)
Hello everyone. You know how they say that the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful building in the world? Well guess what - they are right. Even though I had seen photos of course, I didn't really get how a mere building could be beautiful. But it really is.
It's not just the building itself though. It's the fact that you've known of it for years, the romance of the story of its creation, the fact that you are so far from home, and that you've seen the horror that is the daily reality of the lives of those just beyond the wall. And then you see this extraordiary building, and it all comes together in your head to produce an experience so intense that - get this - I actually cried.
What a place.