Apr 062014
 
The Hidden Danger of a Famous Tourist Attraction

Some dangers are so surprising, they become funny. Let’s see if you can guess this one, spotted during my teacher tour in India last year. The scene takes place at the Jama Masjid mosque in the town of Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra, the city most famous for housing the Taj Mahal.

The Jama Masjid mosque is gorgeous and giant, and was completed in 1575… over 430 years ago! So what’s the danger here? [...Read More!]

Mar 042014
 
Can You Believe the Size of This Hole in the Ground?

In the romantic Indian state of Rajasthan, in the dusty village of Abhaneri, there lies a massive hole in the ground. To be specific, this hole is called Chand Baori, and is one of the largest ancient step-wells in the world, plummeting down 100 feet to slurp water from the earth for the thirsty local population.

The well is around 1,200 years old (wowza!), constructed in 800 C.E. by King Chandra of the [...Read More!]

Jan 302014
 
Wow! I Never Thought I'd See THAT On The Road...

As I re-learn to drive with a new baby in the car here in Boston, I thank my lucky stars I am not re-learning to drive in India, which has some of the most hectic roadways I have ever seen.

Check out these shocking (well, for my sheltered American eyes) vehicular sights from our teacher tour of India last year…

Wowza. Doesn’t India bring “diversity in action” to a whole new level? So, which of these modes of [...Read More!]

Dec 152013
 
Are These the Most Beautiful Doorways in the World?

Last year at this time, my husband Colin, my brother David, and I were gearing up to take a teacher tour of India. Believe it or not, I still have hundreds of photos from that trip which remain to be put into articles… so here’s the next batch! These images are of the most beautiful doorways I’ve ever seen, spotted at the City Palace in Jaipur, India.

Lap up the colorful details [...Read More!]

Oct 272013
 
Dealing With Smells During India Travel. (Yes, You Must)

I am REALLY glad that we traveled to India before I got pregnant. A bionic sense of smell is a major pregnancy symptom, and given the infamous odors of India, that would have been a problem.

Yes, it is true that India has more smells– both delicious and noxious– than any other country you may visit. Why? See the photo above for four reasons: street animals (and their resulting dung), vehicle traffic, [...Read More!]

Oct 022013
 
Amazing Fashion of Women Doing Manual Labor in India

India has the most beautiful clothing in the world. Its embrace of color, drape, and texture makes the heart dance! What I didn’t realize before our December teacher tour of India, however, was the fact that many woman in India wear these remarkable clothes even when doing arduous manual labor.

What this means is that wherever you go in India, there are female manual laborers — bricklayers, hedge cutters, roadside merchants, farmers, [...Read More!]

Sep 152013
 
Photo Essay: Is India's Amber Palace Your Dream Home?

It’s weird looking at photos from a few months ago, before I became pregnant… I look so bite-sized tiny! But the fact remains that I have waterfalls more photos taken during our wonderful India teacher tour from earlier this year, and you shall have these pictures, even if it takes another year for me publish them all.

What we have here are the final photos from our tour of the Amer Fort, also [...Read More!]

Sep 122013
 
The Best Place in the World to Do a Funny Photobomb?

A “Photobomb” is defined as the act of secretly posing in the background of someone else’s photo with a ridiculous face or action. Photobombs may be perpetrated against strangers or loved ones alike, and may not be detected until days after the photo is taken.

When discovered, a Photobomb may leave the victim screaming: “NO WAY! I didn’t even see him back there!” Leave it to my “little” brother, David (you know, the six-foot [...Read More!]

Aug 172013
 
Riding an Elephant Up to the Amber Palace in India

“Decide now,” said our India Teacher Tour guide last December, “will you ride an elephant up the mountain to the Amber Palace, or walk?”

We looked at each other, paused… then sighed: “RIDE!”

The long line of elephant-craving tourists moved forward smoothly. At the front, we saw why: an authoritative gentleman barked elephant assignments to each visitor clump and bid them rapidly jump off the staircase to the elephant-back-box. We hopped on, and [...Read More!]

Jul 262013
 
Four Straight Years of Travel Blogging: A Celebration!

This week marks FOUR straight years travel blogging on AroundTheWorldL.com! When I published my first ever post on July 26, 2009 right before leaving Boston to circumnavigate the globe, I had no idea that travel blogging would bring me so much joy that I would carve out hours each day for the next four years to work on it… and look forward to blogging for many more years to come!

Statistics-wise, I have now published 543 [...Read More!]

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