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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi December 2nd 2012

For more of my photography of Delhi and India, see here: The Streets of India (Color) The Streets of India (B & W) Delhi is one of the most ancient continually inhabited cities on earth. It’s inhabitant have been evacuated, relocated, slaughtered and it’s urban landscape burned to the ground several times in history, with recent examples including the 1857 Indian mutiny against British rule, the Partition massacres of 1947, and the riots following the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984. Many of its ancient artisans have fled to Pakistan, while in reverse Central Asian and Muslim culture have had a strong impact on the city’s culture and appearance for centuries. For those interested in learning more about Delhi’s fascinating history an... read more
Jama Masjid, India's Largest Mosque
Old Delhi from the Southern Minaret of Jama Masjid
Maintenance work on the outer wall of the Red Fort

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi » Dwarka December 1st 2012

I'm still here in California making my lists of what I need to do before I leave in a month. Do I need shots? what about probiotics or grapefruit seed extract - all helpful hints gleaned from different sites on "Travel to India". Sandals or closed shoes? I've found the ugliest sandal/shoes that fit like a glove. Will it be cold in the north? Do I really have to drag a down jacket around for 8 weeks? What about the whole cell phone business? sigh.....what am I thinking? Is this crazy? Picking up and leaving...I'm on unemployement fer gawd's sake!!... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi » Dwarka November 23rd 2012

I guess I sort of ignored my online blog for awhile as the trip came to a close. I think it's because I wasn't really traveling anywhere, and I was mostly preoccupied with preparing to go home and saying goodbye to my friends and the city. Rather than big events, my life was more filled with emotions, and thoughts about going home and the end of the trip which I usually keep in my journal instead. But I'll tell you a little bit here, too. Everything is weird. I don't know a better adjective than that! It is weird to be in your final days of a 4 month trip in Inida. It was weird to say goodbye to new friends, not knowing when or if you will ever see them again (although I'm fairly confident ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi November 19th 2012

First Algeria, then Tunisia, then Green Bay, Wisconsin (of all places) and now India...are you kidding me? Once again we are minding our own business, going about our travels and we are stopped because someone wants to take a picture with us. No, let me be clear...someone wants to take a picture with DAD! Not me...not both of us. Here we are at the India Gate in Delhi and there is this group of young men just staring at us...watching our every move. We realize they are tourists and seem innocuous enough, so we are not worried. Finally, one of the group members gets the nerve to approach us. He asked us permission to take a picture, we obliged and quickly realized the group wanted to take their photo with Dad...just Dad! So I dutifully stepped ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi November 17th 2012

Well we arrived in Delhi without issue--actually a pretty uneventful flight. We scored exit aisle seats so our long legs were not so cramped in those airline seats. The flight attendant gve us a thorough lesson on what we would have to do if the plane went down (because we were in the emergency exit row) and when we took our new responsibility very seriously, he took an instant liking to us in the form of extra snacks, bottles of wine and pampering. He did not even know that dad and I had formed a plan that if the plane went down, dad would pop the door open and direct traffic (as instructed) and I would tell each person "thank you for flying Air India." The new international terminal in Delhi is shockingly modern, convenient, clean ... read more


Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi November 16th 2012

This morning we slept in and took advantage of the breakfast. It was helpful just having the carry on bag as our only ariticle for clothes, so packing and repacking for this stop was a snap. Once we checked out, the guide walked through the door with perfect timing and away we went to Agra Fort. The roads were a little quieter today, in relation to the day before, as the roads here are never really quiet. The fog was pretty thick as well, but we were able to see a pretty good distance. It made things seem smokey, and with all the fireworks going off for the last night, maybe that was a bit of a factor as well. The fort was not so far from the hotel, but first we needed a stop at ... read more
Agra Fort Monkeys
Agra Fort Monkeys
Fatehpur Sikri

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi November 14th 2012

We woke up at 445am already having our bags packed from the night before and went for a nice early breakfast. Once done breakfast, we got our bags to the reception, then waited for the speedboat. There was a japanese lady with us and a few locals on the boat as it sped the 45 minutes to the airport island. We left with mixed feelings. We were really getting our rhythmn on the island, but we also realized there was more adventure to get to. The ride in the boat was flat, which did me well. Every so often a flying fish would come out of the water as we moved toward the airport. Once dropped off at the airport, we passed through entry security and then to our checkout counter. We don't have this in ... read more
our plane
it's a sign... with our names

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar November 8th 2012

I’m writing this earlier than usual this evening, sitting on my bed at Gaiety Palace for the last time, sipping a Heineken (for the last time?), feeling very contented (for the last time????) Is it possible to be simultaneously ecstatically happy and desperately lonely? That’s exactly how I felt this evening as I walked around Kailash East Market looking for somewhere to buy facewash, dinner and beer. Ecstatically happy, because there is a part of me that relishes the freedom and anonymity of being miles away from everyone and everything that I know, a part of me that feels so immensely proud of the fact that not only can I do that, I actually enjoy it. Sadly lonely, because on these occasions, whilst I may walk with a spring in my step, I sometimes find I’m ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar November 7th 2012

£108/9000 Rupees on sunglasses! I’m a child protection trainee with Infant Help International (IHI) earning approximately £700 a month and I just spent £108 on sunglasses. Yet I haggled the poor guy who cycled me around on the back of his rickshaw for nearly two hours down from £7 to £3! (And still thought that I was overpaying him!) Is that obscenity, stupidity or simply an example of the clash of lifestyles that you have to face as a Westerner living in a developing country? This kind of stuff is tough. Today, Gloria and I have had the most amazing day, and yet came face to face with people who must be having the most shit lives. What’s more, many of them were children who would do anything – from selling postcards, to pointing out puddles ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar November 6th 2012

I can’t believe I’m staying at The Gaiety Palace! Oh, the irony. My first accommodation during what is most likely to be a five month period of enforced celibacy and I’m staying at The Gaiety Palace. First full day in India over and the second day has been offered to Gloria and myself as a day off to explore Delhi before heading to our placements. We must have done something right! Maybe it was because in spite of there being no contact or instructions from our new boss, Jabbar, we managed to organise ourselves and get to the office by 9:30am, a no-mean-feat which had us going round in circles looking for a building that apparently no-one had ever heard of. Or maybe it was because we hadn’t complained that we had had to do so, ... read more

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