28 Dec 2015

India by bskinna

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Holy hell Agra is insane. Packed with people and donkeys and cows and near constant honking, it's kind of a nightmare to be honest. We arranged a last minute driver with our host in Delhi after our planned one fell through and made the trip down this AM. No time for breakfast so I made do with chips and water and Josh with a gas station muffin. Bryan ordered some monstrosity called a paneer hot dog- we both made fun but it actually ended up looking decent. Anyways I was hungry and cranky with it by the time we checked into our guest house (which is a calm little oasis, thank god) so we made a quick KFC stop. Our driver is pretty miffed that we didn't take his Taj Mahal Restaurant suggestion, but he's still taking us to the Agra Fort to explore.

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Five years ago I read an article that the Taj Mahal was closing to through visitors at the end of 2015 and said, out loud "I'm going to stand inside the Taj before then". With three days to spare, I lived up to that claim. I watched the setting sun tint the white marble dome a rose blush. I marveled at the individual cut flowers inlaid with precious stones. I stood and breathed in the majestic symmetry mirrored up from the reflecting pond. I felt the smooth marble floor of the worlds greatest monument to love pass beneath my feet as I strolled through the sitting room, running my fingers gently along the latticed window.

Rarely am I completely in any one moment. I'm usually busy planning- thinking of how I'm going to describe something or what my take away is going to be- but I felt uniquely present today. Calm and content and grounded while I took in the Taj Mahal.