India Travelogue

Why do I volunteer to give presentations (even when I have nothing prepared) … it’s because it forces me to organize my thoughts (or in this case, pictures) in a coherent way – in a way that I can easily share them with others.

And so, somehow we ended up doing a Travelogue on our adventures in India. Today I am wearing my sari to work …

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I thought I would also share with all of you (each link opens a video, all built using Animoto).

Here is Southern India:

Northern India

Why did we go to India, you ask?  Have you ever been to Michigan in January?

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Check out Leah’s pics

Leah’s been doing a much better job of catching up on her blog than me. Check out her posts about Rajasthan. Mike has a blog too, with some cool photos that he took on our late-night village celebration walk.

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Getting Ready to Return Home

Tomorrow I leave India and head home. It’s hard to believe I’ve been here for a month – where has the time gone? I’m ready to return, but at the same time, I’m not. I could so convince myself to take another trip in a month or two (we’ll see how I feel after traveling around the U.S. on and off for the next month).

What do I miss about America?
Salads, Chocolate cake, Bacon (that’s Leah’s fault), fast and reliable Internet, you can order food (or coffee) and actually get what you expected, women who have lives outside of being housewives (not many here), walking down the street without hearing a symphony of horns, orderly trash disposal.

Anyways, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this trip (what’s up so far).

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If you think your job is pointless

While we were on one of our village walks, we came across a group of women digging in these strange dusty pits in the hot sun. This is a government project to make a man-made “lake” in the village. It is being dug by hand. Everyone may send one family member to be employed by the government project. Looks like fun, huh?

All we can figure is that this is the Indian government’s way of providing a type of welfare in return for manual labor. I find it a bit disturbing that the women (who also take care of the children, gather and carry firewood, cook meals, and sew clothing) are the ones doing the digging.

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Royalty at the Fort

Okay … so it’s fairly difficult to find fast Internet and you have to pay to upload every photo in some places. So, my vacation may continue on (in this blog) for several weeks after the actual vacation.

Here are some pictures from our “dress up” night at the fort.

Our trip is almost over now, and today we’ve been SHOPPING!! (that’s all caps because Leah and I have really been shopping today – great jewelry, great clothing, great everything in Pushkar). Well, the beggars aren’t so great, but we’ve been having fun spending our money.

To answer Stephanie’s question – we’re on an Intrepid Travel trip, so I haven’t had to decide on any accommodations or transportation – it’s all done for us. And if you’re going to go to India, this is definitely the way to go!

Tomorrow we’ll be back in Dehli and I’ll be home on Thursday (unless I decide to shun all my responsibilities and go to Bali … ).

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