Totally mesmerized ( Part 1)

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At 5:30 in the morning  Satish picked me up to go to Agra.

When we left was still dark , but I was lucky enough to see the sunrise along the green fields of the highway ( it was raining but still very nice) :

The ride was very smooth , there were little villages along the way and for some weird reason I was amazed at the buffalos and cows along the way :

Yesterday evening , dear Chapal was explaining me why the cows and buffalos ( they have the same status) are considered sacred. He said that the cow/buffalo represents the mother nature ( nurtures) and is also the favorite animal of some of the Indian Gods. The Buffalo was introduced in India as a milk producer ( it produces double the amount of milk that a cow does). Hinduism is a very interesting polytheistic religion , there is very good and reliable information at :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism , here you can get all the answers you seek.

After about 1 and a half hours of driving I asked Satish if he was as hungry as I was , so we stopped at a Hotel to grab a bite. I had a great Chicken Sandwich with Chai Tea and orange juice ( with chunks of fruit in it…a bit strange).  Teh hotel was very colorful , lots of elephants in different sizes and shapes around and outside, a real elephant that I couldn’t see.

We continued to Agra and we arrived around 10 , there are around 200 km  between Delhi and Agra.

The city was very nice , the areas around the Taj Mahal are very well maintained. Satish first took me to pick up his friend that was going to be my tour guide.

His name is Pradeep , and besides being the nicest guy on earth he knows lots of history. Later on I will post his e-mail address so that you can reach him if you ever go to Agra. We took a little tuk tuk ( is a usually three-wheeled cabin cycle for private use and as a vehicle for hire )

that took us directly to an office where the driver got the entrance tot he Taj ( approx. 750 indian rupees), along we the entrance I received a bag with a postcard, a bottle of water and slip covers for my shoes. We started to around the Taj Ganji that is a big plaza right before the entrance to the main garden and the Taj. Is all constructed in red sandstone. In the past the Taj Ganji was a bazaar and a caravanserai. There is an official web page of the Taj Mahal where you can get lost of information and maps : http://www.tajmahal.gov.in/

Then , we started walking down the  jilaukhana that is basically the place for the assistants of the tombs and 2 subsidiary tombs. At the end of the jilaukhana there is an arabic arc that perfectly frames the Taj. This was the first glimpse of it I had. I just fell this rush to continue walking to get a closer look…. by the time I reached the Charbagh garden ( long garden just before the tomb) I was totally mesmerized.

         

This fun adventure will be finished on the next post.

Keep up!

Thank you for reading…

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About ecaiozzi

I am Enzo , born and raised in Quito - Ecuador ( South America). When I was 16 the adventure of my life started when thanx to the support of my parents I left to ^Prince Edward Island, Canada. Stayed there for a year with the Wilsons ( You are always in my mind) and met some of the most special people in the world ( Yes Syl it is you ). After the exchange program was over I decided to stay in Canada so I moved to Toronto and started studying biotechnology research applied to genetics . Was never good at school but I sure made it very well through college. Came back to Ecuador in 2004 and started working at a family business oriented to the manufacture of chemical products , cosmetics and a manufacturer of different product for international corporations. I have been working there since then in the production department and also in the HQSE (Health, Quality, Safety and Environment) department. Around june 2010 , something started growing inside so by August I was sure I wanted to become a parent. Since then , I have been through he most amazing journey that I am trying to share with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have, and most important of all I hope that other intending parents can realize that there are ways to make your dreams come true. All you need is love , determination and lots of information and support. Hopefully this blog will make a little change in someone's life , small changes are sometimes the most important ones. I heard this quote on a TV program ( not the best source for a quote) , and for sure it describes the way I want to feel: " Adapt or die. As many times as we've heard it, the lesson doesn't get easier. The problem is we're human. We want more than just to survive. We want love. We want success. We want to be the best that we can be. So, we fight like hell to get those things. Anything else feels like death." Thanx for reading...

7 responses »

  1. I loved the Taj Mahal, such a romantic story behind it. Glad you are enjoying India, it’s such an interesting country full of friendly people.

  2. Can’t wait to keep reading and learning about this amazing jorney.

    Enzo, thanks so much for sharing
    Thanks so much for being a wonderful neighbor and friend

    La verdad es que mientras más te conocemos más te admiramos amigo. Eres un ejemplo, te lo digo en serio!

    • Mi querido Andres! Gracias por leer y por tus hermosas palabras.
      La verdad compartir con ustedes todo lo que puedo es un placer, no solo por que se que los sentimientos son mutuos si no también por que es hermoso conocer personas tan reales, sinceras e increíbles como ustedes. Gracias por todo lo que son. Les queremos muchísimo.

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