Week In-stagram Review Adjusting to India

March 21, 2014 11 Comments »

Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.

Charlie and I arrived in India to a bit of culture shock, but pretty quickly got into the swing of things in this colorful, assault-to-the-senses country.  We arrived early to get settled into India a bit before starting the Rickshaw Run on April 3rd.  In true polar opposite India form we experienced wealth and poverty all in the same week as we stayed at some lovely 5 star hotels as well as simple budget accommodations.  Each has it’s advantages.  The budget gets me much closer to the culture, but the luxury certainly provided a soft landing and a way to get through jet lag in style.

Thanks to our guide Janu, an old friend of Charlie’s in Jaipur, we were taken care of incredibly well.  We went to textile manufacturers, temples, forts, elephant farms, and had amazing food.  In addition Janu was our key to experiencing the colorful Hindu festival of Holi in Jaipur.

This week was full of adjustments.  My body adjusted to the time change, heat, and bacteria and my mind had to adjust to driving rules (or lack thereof), the availability of clean water, food spiciness, and the role of women.  It’s just another thing to love about travel – testing out your flexibility and ability to adjust to any situation.  I had my share of it this last week and a half in India!  And there’s much more to come no doubt!

Amber fort Jaipur

Fishermen loading net near the Amber Fort in Jaipur

Scared of Heights

Safety is definitely not first here in India! Looked out my window at Smyle Inn Delhi to find this guy working away 4 stories up. I had vertigo for him – it pained me to watch!

Material stamping India

Made by hand in #India for real. These men do hand stamping with wooden stamps on cotton fabric. Really amazing to watch them create these designs on bolts of material in Jaipur.

Glass walls

A bathroom with glass walls @Radissonblu Jaipur. Thoughts?

 

Holi powder for sale

Getting ready for Holi – powder vendors line the streets of Jaipur.

Holi India

There’s no escaping the color! Charlie is covered in purple for Holi

Hammock sunrise kerala

We have arrived in Kerala for 5 days of relaxation, yoga, and quiet writing at Soma Kerala Palace. Our own little Indian writing retreat.

 

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