The Museum

Trip Start Dec 16, 2009
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Yesterday was pretty great.  I went to the Auckland Museum which has incredible exhibits of Polynesian, New Guinean, and Maori cultures.

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.
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Dann on

I couldn't have said it more eloquently [about the benefits of travel] . . . .


Jacob on

Hey Jordan. Angela and I just read your first few blogs. Very entertaining! When I was on my walk-about I found that I gravitated to the small towns and avoided the cities. Don't forget that Angela and I will be in Mongolia in June with stop-overs in Seoul and Tokyo. Maybe we can meet up! Merry merry and Happy happy brother!

April Lemly on

.....I agree with you. I am a traveler and I love to be off the map, adventuring and connecting to folks and places that somehow pull, challenge or expose me to something new. Enjoy your journey today and always.

jackgrapes on

jordan, yes, travel important. the french have an expression for a life of work eat sleep. it's called metro-boulot-dodo, or in english, subway, job, sleep. so i've decided to combine them. i now have a job on the subway, but i'm a slacker, so i sleep most of the time. the metro-boulot-dodo is now all one. am i lucky, or what!!!! Love your blogs, glad to be a part of your big adventure. Spoke to my travel agent yesterday and I'm booked on shuttle to go to the Sherman Oaks Galleria where I hope to meet up with the locals and find out their history. Then a latte and faux croissant (it drives me up a wall when the waiters call it a "croy-sant!" Paris!, where are you when I need you.

Davidd Batalon on

Thanks so much for sharing some awesome artifacts as well as your overall reactions to them. I Am really intrigued by your journey. Your spirit for discovery and connection to the "bigger" as well as "private" worlds is commendable.
Do press on!

Marchelo on

Here here!
Still saving up for my own world tour and I can't wait. That Hall is really amazing! Keep the stories and photos coming, we'll experience the world vicariously through you for now :)

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