India, Photo of the Week

Week In-stagram Review Adjusting to India

11 Comments 21 March 2014

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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11 Comments so far

  1. loving following along. Would love to see your shots from Holi as well!

  2. India interests me greatly and I’d love to visit there, but I’ve safety concerns. Can’t wait to read more about your experiences! :-)

  3. budget jan says:

    I love the glass bathroom. It creates a feeling of space and if you are sharing a room with someone then it doesn’t matter if they see you in the tub. :)

  4. Larry says:

    That guy on the ladder has some serious cajones!

  5. Lori says:

    A wonderful selection of photos!

  6. Ryan B. says:

    So amazing!!!! You ladies are an inspiration!! Stay adventurous!

  7. Corinne says:

    Great shots! Can’t wait to hear about your Rickshaw Adventures!

  8. Beautiful pictures! They are all so different but they all encompass the feel of India. I’m sure the Holi festival was fun. That colored powder looks pretty cool. I bet it was nice to relax in Kerala. Thanks for sharing!

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I'm Sherry, a corporate cube dweller turned nomadic traveler. I travel to off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring you unique travel experiences and photography. But it's not just about travel, it's also about life experiences of a middle age wanderer.
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