-Not all those who wander are lost-

-This heart of mine was made to travel the world-

-We travel, not to escape life, but so that life does not escape us-

-Travel is the best way to Find yourself and get lost at the same time-

-We travel because difference and distance are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something inside our minds has changed, and that changes everything-

-You will never be completely at home again, because a part of your heart will always be elsewhere.-

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad » Daulatabad Fort January 26th 2014

Im going to photo drop this one and pick it up tomorrow to tell the story. Computer about to die. If you really care computer going to die... l lots of cool caves, more stairs long drive more photo ops... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai January 25th 2014

My mom and I went out one morning to see Ghandi's memorial thing they have here. "the Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in Pune, India. Built in 1892, it is one of the biggest landmarks in Indian history. The palace was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighbouring areas of Pune, who were drastically hit by famine" If you care, the link is ( It was really amazing to see the story and pictures of Ghandi. He is always looking down. I don't think I saw a single picture of him looking at the camera or looking up. Th... read more
Jeff Gateway to India
Gates of India
Indian train

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra January 18th 2014

Dear Lord today was amazing... Took a flight from Pune to New Dehli. When I arrived in New Delhi I was meeting a friend and he still had not arrived yet so I waited in the baggage area for a while before deciding to go get a room at the Airport Lounge. Part of this decision was because there was no where to sit, the other part was because of the guys with machine guns chilling in the airport. It was chilly in New Delhi and the Baggage area was open. It was getting late and things were getting a bit sketchy and I was getting tired. (According to rules and such, not allowed to stay in Delhi, nor were we allowed to leave the airport because the fog was so heavy it was unsafe to ... read more
Agra Fort
Agra Fort

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Pune » Bhimashankar January 13th 2014

Arrived in Pune after a going away party in Chennai. I missed them so much. I think it has taken me quite a while to warm up to Pune because I was so sad about leaving Chennai. I had friends there, a family if you will. All the staff, and all the US members... we had a happy banter. Arrived in Pune and everything was gone. No more friends, no huge family dinners every night like before. The staff at this new hotel in Pune is so large that "making friends" like I did with Pavan and Sunil is next to impossible. It took me a while to feel comfortable walking around alone, usually James or Chelsea would walk with me in Chennai. Today I tried my best to break the biases I have against Pune. ... read more
Zara and Mama
Carlos y Still Matt

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai January 13th 2014

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mahabalipuram January 9th 2014

Had one of the most amazing days. I rode in with one of the early shifts to pick up Mike and we went to Mahabilipuram to go pick up $70 USD worth of rocks that I bought. Yes, rocks. And yes they are heavy. And yes, they are coming back with me to the states. Plan one was to arrive at Mahabalipuram and pay for my rocks then head to the Raddison to go out on the Catamarans (as lovely sign posted said). I use the term "Catamarans" loosely here, and you'll see what I mean when you see the boat. Seas have been too choppy to go out the past week or so and as we arrived and inquired about the boat rides, we were told that again, today there would be no boat ride ... read more
mike, panorama
Officials jumping fences

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai December 30th 2013

I think I will skip telling about the temples. They were extremely cool and we walked barefoot through thousand year old temples but you can google the info or look through my pictures to get a good grasp of that. What I would like to tell you about is the Children's Home we visited. Billy had a contact with a Madam here who ran a home for children and he secured us an invite to come play with the children. After arriving through the gate, there were a group of girls playing in a little entrance area. I actually am not going to talk much, Ill just post some videos for now. Here was the greetings we got... Here are some kids Explanation about where the kids came from and where they are going.. Me ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanchipuram December 28th 2013

I left off last night talking about the Elephant Temple and being blessed after seeing Auroville. So I was blessed and sat on top of the elephant- then blessed again. Chelsea takes her turn getting on the elephant and being blessed, and then Mike and James got blessed (big slobbery elephant kisses) while my mom was being the amazing photographer. We started to walk around the temple we were in and this little old lady had baskets of what was kind of a puffed rice and she was motioning for us to throw it in the main square (empty at this point in time, but I'm sure in its hayday it was full) to offer the rice of offerings for "wealth, health and happiness". So I tried gracefully to throw the rice puffs in a very ... read more

Asia » India » Pondicherry December 28th 2013

Took a cab into Pondicherry, a town about an hour and half outside of Chennai. We went to town a town called Auroville- we past some old book stores (used) and lots of motorcyles with multiple people. This is where the "Oh oh oh!" game came into play. you can not call out "oh oh oh! if you do not see more than twenty cows on the move. If you do yell the said sentence, then everyone in the car will look and it is basically not worth it if everyone has seen cows... So we pull up at Auroville, and we arrive to a commune where hippies live. I don't quite know how this commune came to be built, but the mission statement begins, "Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mahabalipuram December 26th 2013

I believe when I left off, it was right before Christmas. I've done more shopping at Spencer's Plaza, and done a few other touristy things. Chelsea and I added each other on facebook and realized we knew a lot of the same people (No joke, this world is a small place). Chelsea and I had lunch after Spencer's at the restaurant at Phoenix Mall. This is kind of where the story gets a little awkward. We had been walking around the mall, and came upon Nando's to eat where a line had formed. We queue up and the male host makes eye contact with us and asks us how many. We say two- and he has us jump the entire line to eat at a booth that could have easily fit 4 to 6 people. I ... read more
Carvings of temples into rock
Elephant carving into rock

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