Darjeeling

In August, after a few hectic weeks of work, I went to Darjeeling for a few days to rest. We took a bus from Jaipur to Delhi, then a flight from Delhi to Siliguri, then a cab from Siliguri to Darjeeling. It was my first time in East India, and completely worth it! It was …

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A matter of perspective

Inside a restaurant in Bali one day, we suddenly saw this map:

Asia centric world map

Asia centric world map

It may seem very ordinary to some people, but this just blew my mind. Growing up in Brazil, all of the maps I’ve seen in my life looked much more like this:

World map

World map

To me, Asia has always been on the other side of the world, as far as I could go. Then looking at that map in Bali I realized that to them, I’m the one living on the edge. Literally. Brazil is on the right edge, where there is nothing left to be seen or shown. And then I wondered…isn’t everything just a matter of perspective? Who is right or wrong, who lives near or far, who has the “right” religion, which country is better, summer or winter, hot or cold. After all, remember that once it was thought that the Earth was a square.

Life is not an exact science. It’s a twirled path with many ups and downs, choices and perspectives to be seen. It’s only up to you and me to choose to be open to these new ways to see and understand the world. Next time you have an argument, try to see the other side, it’s just a matter of perspective, of different points of view.

That being said, let’s have some fun seeing the world through different perspectives, shall we?

North pole centered map

North Pole centered map

America centered map

America centered map

Antarctica centered map

Antarctica centered map

Arrivals and departures

Ever since I arrived in India, I’ve made many friends and been to many farewells, seen many arrivals and departures. Whenever you arrive in a new place you feel like the outsider. You have no friends, you know nobody, and you keep listening to endless stories of people who once were here and now are …

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New Year Resolutions

When December comes, do you usually look back at your year to analyze what you have accomplished or not, what has changed and make new year resolutions? I can’t help not to. So December is finally here. Last year, by the end of December, I was in Florianopolis, a beach in southern Brazil. As New …

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1 month blogging!

In a few months it will complete 1 month that I’ve been blogging. In less than 1 month, I’ve got more than 1700 page views, 500 likes on my page on Facebook, and 420 views on the “Cultural Shock” post alone. It makes me really happy to see that in such a short time so …

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5 months in India!

Today is my 5th month anniversary in India. I remember perfectly the very day where I landed in this Indialand. The people who were next to me on the plane, my first Indian meal on the plane (which was Rajma Chawal), a mixed feeling of anxiety and apprehension with the belief that everything would be …

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Cultural Shock

Lately, I’ve been talking to many people who are about to arrive in India, or who plan on coming here. This post was specially made for you, and for everyone else who plans on or who would like to know what it’s like to move to another country. Hopefully it will help you overcome the …

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The Sound and Light show at Amber Fort

Last weekend was very touristic in Jaipur. Not only I went to the Birla Mandir, which I posted pictures previously, as I also went to Pink City and the Sound and Light Show at Amber Fort.

The weather in Jaipur is really pleasant these days. It’s not so hot, and in the evening it’s been a bit chilly, with beautiful clear starry skies. It’s a great time to check out this show placed just outside Amber Fort, which tells the 600 year (older than Brazil!) story of Amber Fort, in a spectacle of light and sound. Very good quality, and the view itself is already worth the visit. It costs 200 rupees, with daily sessions in English, at 6.30pm and Hindi, at 7.30pm.

I took the chance to test my new camera, taking pictures at night. Sadly, as I’m still a beginner at this photography thing, I couldn’t photograph properly all of the colorful lights, but the following pictures may give you an idea about the show.

Entrance to the Sound and Light Show at Amber Fort

Entrance to the Sound and Light Show at Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Still learning to use my new camera.

Beautiful lights!

Beautiful lights!

Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Amber Fort

A cockroach climbed on my hand when I was taking this picture. I still like to think it was worth it.

A cockroach crawled on my hand when I was taking this picture. I still like to think it was worth it.

Birla Mandir Jaipur – Photos

This weekend I finally went to a place I’ve been wanting to go since I arrived. It’s the Birla Mandir in Jaipur, a hindu temple made entirely in white marble. This temple was made in the late 1980′s by the Birla group, which built several temples in India. It’s devoted to Lord Vishnu (Narayan) and Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. The curious part is that outside the temple, many historical characters and figures from all religions were carved in the white marble columns, including Socrates, Jesus Christ, Buddha and Confucius.

Check out the pictures:

Birla Mandir 5

Columns in marble

Birla Mandir 10

Birla Mandir 10

Beautiful!

Birla Mandir 9

Birla Mandir 7

Birla Mandir 6

I love the contrast of the marble, the blue sky and the construction on the back of the photo.

I love the contrast of the marble, the blue sky and the construction on the back of the photo.

roomates!

roomates!

Birla Mandir 2

In front of the temple

In front of the temple

In front of the temple