A New Perspective

1.10.2012


One of the most interesting things we've done this week is visit the Grand Mosque. We've seen it from far away many times but this was our first time to see it up close.



When we arrived, my Mom and I were directed to the ladies entrance where we were provided with a head scarf and a long black robe, as it is required to be fully covered before entering.

After wearing it for just a short time, I have an even deeper respect for the women who wear it every day. It definitely gave me a whole new perspective! I felt very awkward and clumsy- especially when I tried to hold Emerson. Not to mention that it was pretty stuffy even though the temperature was in the low 70's. I honestly can't imagine how how stifling it would be during the terribly hot summer months!





I can't help but laugh at this picture because I think it looks like we were photoshopped into it! I promise it's real, though! :)

The inside was absolutely stunning!






It is such a habit for me to put my arm around Jesse when we take pictures together but I knew going in that it was strictly forbidden to show any kind of affection. Guess who forgot in the excitement of getting a family picture together? That would be this girl. Guess who got reprimanded by a security guard? Yep- me again! That would be why we are standing a foot apart in the picture below.


As you can see in the pictures, the Mosque is huge and very ornate. Unfortunately we didn't make it in time for the guided tour but I think just walking around and seeing everything was enough for our first visit. We looked around the inside for about 15 minutes before we were ushered out so that they could get ready for evening prayer. We headed back to the front and returned our borrowed scarves and robes.

I am going to be completely honest and tell you that it felt very good to take off the covering and just be back in my normal clothes.

Of course we had to get a few more pictures before we left!






It was quite the experience, to say the least! I feel like we are learning something new everyday that we are here and I love that Emerson is getting to see so many different things and such a diverse group of people. I know she won't remember any of it but it's still pretty neat that she is being exposed to it. It's even better when Mimi and Pa are here to share to in the fun!


Joeylee said...

beautiful pictures.

Brittney Galloway said...

Ahhh! So great that you guys got to see it! We always say it looks like Agraba, from Aladdin! If you get a minute, could you email me the time you went- we want to take my parents in two weeks and I wasn't sure what time tours are and such. Thanks!

The Jeffcoats said...

It's so amazing to know that E is experiencing all of this wonderful culture!! She is one lucky little girl. And I'm even more excited that your parents are there getting to soak in as much time with you guys that they can!! Have so much fun w/them while they're there!

Nicole said...

Gorgeous pictures! And I probably would have been the one to be reprimanded too! It's hard to remember something so simple!

Mateya said...

What a unique experience! I had to laugh that you got in trouble for putting your arm around Jesse ha! Whoops :)

The Mosque looks beautiful!

Megan said...

The Mosque is beautiful. How awesome that you get to go see these amazing places!

Erin said...

Everything looks GORGEOUS! I can't even imagine being someplace where you aren't allowed to show affection. It's just second nature for me and my husband to pose for photos with our arms around each other! I would have done the exact same thing you guys did- except I probably would have done it multiple times before I finally remembered! What an amazing time in your lives! Memories to last a lifetime that's for sure!

Sarah said...

What a neat experience!!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Beautiful pictures, but that is so crazy about the dress and that you couldn't out your arm around your hubby. That is definitely a culture shock!

Beth Ann said...

Such a unique experience!

Anna & Kirby said...

I think it's so neat for you to experience these sights! How cool! I wish E was older so she could remember some of it too! Good thing you take lots of pictures and blog about it ;)

Kelly said...

Loved all the pics in this! They turned out so great! Also, I tagged you in a fun blog game!

BeckyJo606 said...

Hi! I'm a new follower! When I went to Egypt a few years ago, we went to a mosque. Wearing the coverings was so weird for me! I felt like I couldn't really move my arms as much as I wanted to. I'm sure I'd get used to it--but I'm thankful i don't have to! I'm excited to read your blog more! :)

Megan said...

Oh gosh, I can't imagine not being able to put your arm around your husband! I am SUPER affectionate, so I would have gotten reprimanded, too! It really is neat to see these pictures!

Janna Renee said...

What an INCREDIBLE experience! I hope the military takes us somewhere out of country, so that we can experience more of what is out there!

Natalie said...

Wow these pics are quite amazing!

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