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 …
I am very sorry I’ve been absent for such a long time. I thought that on my trip to Thailand it would have been easy to post, but of course that when you are travelling, every day is so tiresome that in the end you have no energy to write. Lesson learned. And finally, when …
So finally I am making a post about Thailand. I am very sorry it took so long, but these days have been quite hectic. I’m writing this post on my few hours left in Bangkok, as I wait for my flight to Bali. Thailand has been quite an experience…from parties at amazing beaches to insights at …
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 …
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
Still learning to use my new camera.
A cockroach crawled on my hand when I was taking this picture. I still like to think it was worth it.
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:
Columns in marble
I love the contrast of the marble, the blue sky and the construction on the back of the photo.
In front of the temple
In front of the temple
Last night at around 2am I was inside a car with a few friends who were driving me to an unknown place. On a cold Monday night, just a few hours before having to go to work. We got out of the car, climbed up some stairs, walked through a village, climbed some more stairs, …
Recently I’ve found my crew: the travelers. Let me explain. One of my favorite authors is Ken Robinson. Among other things, he talks about the importance of doing something you love and finding your element, which would be the combination of something you do well, and something you love to do. I will make more …
For my fellow Brazilians, this is a post I made for the blog 360 meridianos, which tells a bit about what it’s like to live in India. This text is in Portuguese, but works fine in English with Google Translator. Otherwise, the version in English will be posted soon.
My testimonial on 360 meridianos blog.
This is THE BOARD.
I keep it in my bedroom in Brazil. Last year, when I decided I really needed to put my dream of travelling into practice, there were too many options and too many things I would like to do. So I decided to “brainstorm” myself. I made small notes in different colors according to relevant criteria that would help me decide which path would be the best for me. I wrote aspects and things according to the following criteria: “who am I?”, “what do I love?”, “what are my values?”, and “what do I want to accomplish?”. Now that I am back for a few days, and after almost 1 year I made the board, it feels really good that I look into it and see that so many things were accomplished, and so many aspects of myself got really stronger with my travelling experience. I would really advise everyone into making their own boards, it’s a great self-knowledge experience, and also helps you achieve your goals. Now it’s time to think of next year’s board.
The board I keep in my room in Brazil with my goals.
The categories I used to analyze mysel.
Some items that describe who I am.
Some items that describe things I really love
Inspiring change is one of my main values.
Things I wanted to accomplish this year.