So after the crazy buzz of Mumbai, the BF and I went to Goa to just chill out on the beach.
We opted to say in the quieter part of Goa (South Goa) as we were not looking to party hard. If you want to party hard Goa has plenty of options in the North.
What I loved most is laying on the beach with nobody around for miles and miles. Blue skies and long stretches of sandy beach make Goa an idyllic holiday destination.
The most exhausting thing I think I did on this whole vackay was my star jump!
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If you are bored of visiting Goa’s infinite beaches or if you are the type of person who enjoys visiting museums then Ancestral Goa museum is an option you could try.
Ancestral Goa is meant to give you a cultural glimpse into the Goa of the past – Olden style homes, what their occupations were like? how did they dress? what did they eat? et cetera. The place is also popular as Big foot which is called so, because of an age old mythological story about a man’s big footprint which still exists there. There is an old saying that if you keep your right hand on the foot and make a wish, it will come true.
Goa has to a great extent managed to retain its culture and heritage. Fishing villages and fisherman, cashew distillery, olden style Goan architecture, Goan Music and Goan cuisine; None of these elements have seen drastic changes in the state and still moderately exist in and around Goan cities. So, when one can see all these things while in the outdoors, viewing life size statues and listening to audio speakers is a downside.
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India has fascinated me – so many bright colours, amazing sights and most importantly: wonderful people. I’ve met so many interesting people during our short trip to Delhi, Jaipur and Pushkar, it was incredible.
I often feel as if I’m a thief, I’m an intruder stealing a picture. But of course, that’s the wrong mindset. I should be confident and happy that I’ve found an interesting character, who I’d like to take a picture of to tell a story. Once I show the final photo to the subject, the person often smiles and is happy – I’ve seen something interesting in him/her and captured it.
So really, as soon as I change into this mindset and openly approach my subject, asking ‘how are you’ and chat a little, it becomes easier to take a better picture. And of course, a smile helps. That’s how I managed to shoot the following pictures of some great characters in India.
Let me introduce you to this men in Jaipur, he was having tea at his doorstep – he smiled at me and even offered me to share a cup of tea with him…
In general, I really enjoyed all the colours everywhere. This men was sitting in front of a blue wall in the pink city of Jaipur, just watching me taking pictures. He waved at me to come over and take his picture too.
Finally, a few steps down the street were four men having a nice chat in the morning – they just stopped briefly so I could take the picture – then they continued as if nothing had happened. A perfect Saturday morning in Jaipur it seems…
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I hadn’t made it more than thirty yards down the street from the entrance to our homestay in Southern Wayanad, in Kerala, before I was joined by several local children who’d been playing in the yard of a nearby house.
As they ran out to intercept me, one of them said “Hello” to me in English, and when I said hello back, they all dissolved into giggles as they ran ahead of me in the street. I asked them what they were doing, and in response, I got another wave of giggles. One of the smaller boys held up a dragonfly, which he had captured and was holding by its wings, for me to see. The air was thick with dragonflies, fluttering lazily in the heat. Another boy had picked a purple flower from the side of the road and held it out for me, too, until he received what seemed to be too much teasing from his friends, and he ran off to the front of the group, shouting in Malayalam.
I motioned to my camera and said, “photo?” They happily complied, jostling each other into a line across the middle of the road:
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Random photos I’ve taken while walking around in Mumbai: candid, un-posed, spur-of-the-moment shots.
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These toes are getting toasty by a bonfire on New Year’s Eve in Hyderabad, India. I had just traveled over 8,000 miles to have a whirlwind adventure with friends in South Central India. Firecrackers exploded in celebration as friends cheered in the New Year.
My Hello Kitty bandages came in handy as my winterized feet were not summer svelte for the new sandals I had purchased. No big deal, as colorful, chaotic India has a way of distracting you from a few blisters.
My toes are now tucked in a pair of winter boots, but the toe ring remains to remind me of a delightful beginning to 2014!
Nice shot, good to hear all is now well!
Spanish artist Aryz decided to finish 2013 with a new piece, the last of 2013.
Looking forward to see more from him next year… maybe already this weekend!
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This guy was also enjoying the beach..
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“The locals still call it ‘Bombay’. Mumbai may be politically correct but it is the politicians’ name,” says our guide Pankaja.
As new kids in town with only a couple of days to explore a city of possibly 20 million people (nobody knows for sure), it helped to have a car, driver and guide organised, to smoothly transfer us through the traffic jams to a few of the main attractions. Thanks, Abercrombie and Kent!
Of course to really see Mumbai we needed to leave the air conditioned car and proceed on foot.
And we expect the unexpected in India…
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While in Varkala, near the southern tip of India, we saw some pretty rad murals painted by a couple of Ukranian world-travelling street artists. They were sprinkled about the town in very unremarkable places, with no directions or explanations. We wouldn’t have known a thing about them if it weren’t for our hotel owner at The Kaiya House.
The first one we saw was this elephant fish, and I admit it didn’t stand out to me at first. The colours and characters were very similar to work by local artists. But the longer I stared the better it looked. It was inspired by India, but it wasn’t stereotypical Indian.
I’m no art expert, but I can tell it leans towards the surreal, as opposed to the realistic depictions of monuments like the Taj Mahal, or the dense and elaborate illustrations of Hindu stories. The smoothness of the surfaces and shadows reminds me of Salvador Dali. Most of all, I like their whimsy.
Our hotel owner mentioned that she’d tried to convince the artists to do a mural on her rooftop, but after examining the space, they said that the wall was not inspiring to them. I could sympathize. The walls they choose to paint certainly have character, and the surroundings are uniquely inspiring.
You can see more of their work on their blog:
I like how they incorporate symbols from the local culture into the work; in coastal India it’s elephants and fish, in Africa there’s a zebra.
And here’s an interview with the two artists:
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This is an Instagram of my feet on a sleeperbus from Ahmedabad, Gujarat to Mount Abu, Rajastan, both in India. As you can see the bus was very nicely decorated!
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