Trip Start Dec 16, 2009
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I rode the bus through Parnell Rise, which is a lovely neighborhood, and was let off just a short walk away.
It was really a beautiful display. I was most taken with one of the Sacred Maori Halls which you can enter after removing your shoes.
History has always fascinated me, especially that of distant regions. Of the little I've traveled, and being here only a few days, and with the intent of seeing more of the world, I truly believe travel is SO important for EVERYONE to do at some point in their lives
Not just for holiday or different food, but for education. We spend so much of our lives in our own world that it can be easy to forget that there's actually a WHOLE WORLD out there. I consider myself open-minded, but I think even the most open-minded person can get caught up in their own day-to-day— work, eat, sleep, work eat sleep, see a movie— that we're truly disconnected with the rest of the world.
Sure we can watch television and catch the news or read about what's going on, and there's always face book :- / , and certainly, travel can be prohibitively expensive for many people, but if there is any way for anyone to go somewhere different, for however long, they should. Just to connect with others on a real one-to one level.
Standing in this Maori Hall, I really felt the weight of the history behind it, and reading the plaques, I've learned something entirely new about people I knew nothing about before.
And this is only day 5. :-)
I don't mean to sound preach, I'm just very humbled.