Thursday, June 28, 2012

Portraits of India

Based on our experience in India, Indians love having their pictures taken.  And Nick has a special talent for getting people to pose for photos.  So it's not surprising that we have many portraits of Indians we encountered during our time in the country.  Click the link to see a selection of these photos.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Planes, Trains and Auto-Rickshaws: Transport in India

We visited ten cities during our visit to India, and transporting ourselves between and within these cities proved to be an adventure.  The streets, rivers and rails of India are often chaotic, noisy, full of vehicles, pedestrians, cattle, dogs, and goats.  Around every corner seem to be perils, both petty and serious, as well as unexpected treats.  After a short time, if you are open to it, the chaos almost magically transforms into a beautiful ballet, full of intricate movement and vivid color.  The everyday scenes flashing by seem to encapsulate the entire experience of life in a whirlwind of sights, sounds and smells.  It's tough to capture that with a camera, but click the link to see a few of my videos and photos related to transport in India.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Indian By Design: Buildings and Monuments of India

India has some impressive ancient buildings, forts and churches.  During our five weeks in India, we visited a sampling of these buildings, including the Taj Mahal, which is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings ever built.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Eye of the Tiger: Ranthambore National Park, India

Welcome to Ranthambore National Park in northern India, home of one of the most majestic predators in the jungle: the tiger.  Over the course of three days, we went on three safaris in the national park.  Click the link to read about our attempt to look into the eye of a tiger.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Come Sail Away: A houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Kerala, India

Welcome to India!  We eased into our five-week visit to India by spending two nights cruising along the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, in southwestern India.  We were lucky enough to be joined by a former co-worker of mine and her friend.  Click the link to read about our delightful cruise.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Natural Wonders of Java

Java boasts many wonders beyond the temples discussed in my previous post. Click the link to read about our visit to the three smoking volcanoes pictured above, as well as two vibrant Javanese cities, Yogyjakarta and Surabaya.