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!]

Jun 192013
 
Awesome Food, Fashion, and Animals of Jaipur, India

Want  dancingly bright colors on food and clothes, awe-inspiring mustaches, and CAMELS? Don’t miss the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India! It was a mega-highlight our teacher tour of India in December, and these photos demonstrate why.

In the first photo, how can you resist a moist emerald-green mystery dessert coated in silver foil and advertised with that irresistibly curly Indian script that looks like my hair on a windy day? Then the second photo: [...Read More!]

May 122013
 
Challenge: Why Is This Wall Decoration in India Genius?

“Why is the decoration in this alley so smart?” our New Delhi guide asked our India teacher tour group with an evil smile.

The seven of us clumped together in the tiny yellow alley, staring at the porcelain tiles showing Buddha, Jesus Christ, Ganesh, and assorted other deities. We were stumped.

We knew India has a passion for religion (or rather, a sea of many religions), but why would someone want to hang all these religious [...Read More!]

Apr 282013
 
The Tallest Brick Minaret in the World: Qutb Minar, India

Did you know that in 2006, more tourists visited Qutb Minar than the Taj Mahal? Though lesser-known to foreign tourists, Qutb Minar contains the tallest brick minaret in the world, and wields a hypnotic power, particularly on a misty Delhi day like the one when our India teacher tour visited.

Qutb Minar reaches 239 feet towards the sky, and was completed in 1368 AD. It is part of the multi-building Qutb Complex, with ancient buildings [...Read More!]

Apr 082013
 
Loving India's Little Taj Mahal: Humayun's Tomb

I have a new favorite building! When our India tour leader declared that we were headed for the “Little Taj Mahal” in Delhi, it was clear we were in for something astounding. However, not one of us was prepared for the caramel-colored confection that soon burst into sight.

Behold, stunning Humayun’s Tomb!

Humayun’s Tomb was completed in 1572 C.E. and was commissioned by Bega Begum, the first wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun to [...Read More!]

Mar 242013
 
Funny Cultural Differences in Snack Chips of India

Snack shopping in a foreign country is hilarious. Who knew that Lay’s potato chips made a popular flavor called “India’s Magic Masala” in Asia?

During our India tour, my brother eagerly bought a bag of the snack, shoved a handful of chippy goodness into his mouth then screamed: “SPICY!”

“What did you expect?” asked our guide with a grin. “Masala usually means spicy here!”

We moved down the snack aisle and came face to [...Read More!]

Mar 102013
 
16 Fun Moments on a Rickshaw Tour of Old Delhi, India

I couldn’t stop laughing, flipping through these final Old Delhi photos from our teacher tour of India. As you may have seen from the previous two articles, Old Delhi is chaotic on foot, so you can imagine how much more of a crazy rainbow whirlwind things became when our guide hailed a pack of bicycle rickshaws to zip us around! In the moment, I hardly realized what my camera was capturing.

Now [...Read More!]

Mar 022013
 
Wonderful India Travel Photos from Streets of Old Delhi

Here’s a budget travel secret: One and a half blocks in Old Delhi, India can provide more delicious photography opportunities than miles and miles of another region of the world!

When we last left off, our teacher tour of India was in day two of our adventures. We had lapped up the sights at the largest Mosque in India, and gotten some fabulous stares, sights, and photo bombs from our first steps into [...Read More!]

Feb 242013
 
Are the Best Sights of India in Old Delhi? Look Here.

You’ve likely heard of New Delhi, India, but what about OLD Delhi? Our India teacher tour spent part of our second day touring Old Delhi. By the first minute, we’d breathlessly declared, “Old Delhi has the best sights in India so far!” Check out these photos to see why.

But first, what exactly is “Old Delhi?” Old Delhi, originally called Shahjahanabad, was formally walled in by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan starting in [...Read More!]