Thursday, August 4, 2011
We came out of hyperspace and I looked at the planet. It truely was just a giant city. I decided I would love to check out the highlighted touring spots. First the Jedi Temple, and then over to the Senate Chambers. It was all so incredible, with ships flying all over the place and somehow never quite hitting each other. The Jedi were very kind and showed me their library. Wow! I love my library, but I have to say, this library was larger than any I've seen and had the most incredible books! They called them holocrons but for you all to understand, its like and incredible 3D e-book!
The planet was home to a tall ape-like, or I'd say bear-like, species called Wookies. The planet was one giant forest with trees as tall as skyscrapers. I loved the trees most of all. I love climbing and I could climb all day and never reach the top. It was so fun and the Wookies were so kind, although I could never understand what they were saying...
We next took off towards Tatooine. I wasn't sure if I'd like this part of the tour since it just sounded like a deserty, arid land mass. When we landed in the airport I thought, I might never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany than this place. Everyone seemed angry and uptight. Then I saw these guys stomping around in their white armored suits and I figured they must be the cause. They looked super intense!
Too quickly our trip took us away again, and although I had to soak in the onboard jacuzzi for awhile because of my poor dried out skin, I did enjoy Tatooine.
Our last stop on the trip was a forest moon of a planet called Endor. I was really intrigued by this place because it was a moon with life on it. I always think of moons as being like our moon with nothing really on them except maybe that man on the moon...
Next time I go on an intergalactic trip I soooo need to visit a place I read about that was a planet covered in swamp. It is muggy, wet, full of trees and swamp, and everything I could ever hope for! Gotta remember about Dagobah....
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I took an auto rickshaw to my hotel for the night. A tip for you if you ever travel on roads in India – hold on tight and close your eyes. The traffic “rules” seem to be flexible and drivers are aggressive!
The Taj Mahal was crowded with tourists from around the world.
After taking in the view across the river, I took an auto rickshaw over to the Agra Fort.
Just outside the fort there was a snake charmer. Although snakes are my distant cousins, I gave him a wide berth. I wanted to make it back to Kearns, not be someone’s dinner. The fort was amazing. It was huge! There was a great view back toward the Taj Mahal from inside the fort. There were also monkeys inside the fort – a couple got too close for my comfort. I’m looking forward to getting back to my safe cage back in Utah.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Before I left for home, I decided I need to see some great art, so I spent the day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With over 2 million works of art in one building I had my work cut out for me. My favorites? Impossible to say, as I was equally awed by the Picassos, Rembrandts, Sargents, Rubins, Vermeers, etc. etc. I think I'll try my hand at painting when I get back home. I think I'd be pretty good, especially after seeing all the good examples by the masters!