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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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

A short story about India – in Portuguese

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. ;)

http://www.360meridianos.com/2013/10/intercambio-em-jaipur-india.html

My testimonial on 360 meridianos blog.

My testimonial on 360 meridianos blog.

The BOARD

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 board I keep in my room in Brazil with my goals.

The categories I used to analyze mysel.

The categories I used to analyze mysel.

Some items that describe who I am.

Some items that describe who I am.

Some items that describe things I really love

Some items that describe things I really love

Inspiring change is one of my main values.

Inspiring change is one of my main values.

Things I wanted to accomplish this year.

Things I wanted to accomplish this year.