As we stood there we were amazed by the atmosphere

you could cut it with a knife

it was thick with knowledge,

learning,

power,

protection,

belief.

And while its structure was crumbling, it was amazing that the feeling hadn’t.

It reminded me of something… but not what I expected.

Many of the other places we have been have reminded me of home… the varied landscapes we have seen have been so similar to the stunning scenery of New Zealand…

But this was different… it was new to us… foreign…

And it reminded me of how far from home we really were.

Another day abroad.