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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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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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:

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Columns in marble

Birla Mandir 10

Birla Mandir 10

Beautiful!

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Birla Mandir 7

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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!

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In front of the temple

In front of the temple

In front of the temple

About life and loss

One of the downsides of moving to another country is to be away from people you love. It’s very likely that eventually a very tricky question might pop up in your mind: “WHAT IF something happens to someone I love while I am gone?” Well, this week someone very close to me lost her father. …

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Spotted trend – Blue horns

Last week, on the way back from Nahargarh, we spotted a group of bulls on the road, with these lovely blue horns. In India, frequently you come across something different and unexpected just by walking around. This one even posed for the picture!

Blue is the new ivory.

Blue is the new ivory.

Too cool for school.

Too cool for school.

 

Indian shoes

If you’re a visual person like me, or a designer, India will blow your mind in many aspects. One of them is shoe design. Not only Indian shoes have different colors and shapes, but materials and embroidery make it a special treasure, and for insanely cheap prices.

In love with these colors!

In love with these colors!

Many combinations of materials, colors, embroideries...

Many combinations of materials, colors, embroideries…

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur – Photos

This morning I went to Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur with my friend Jatin, to enjoy the beautiful view of the city. I absolutely love clear autumn days, the light is so amazing!

Nahargarh Fort, in Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort, in Jaipur

And the landscapes of Rajasthan are just breath-taking. Perfect morning. Check out all the pictures:

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Lonely rickshaw

Lonely rickshaw

Color contrast

Color contrast

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Stepwell at Nahargarh

Stepwell at Nahargarh

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Cow contemplating the view

Cow contemplating the view

Peacock

Peacock

I love empty roads!

I love empty roads!

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Colorful jeep!

Colorful jeep!