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Beauty in India

Okay okay, I entirely fail!  Apparently people actually read this blog and want to know what’s going on, so I should probably update it more often.  As I have become more retrospective over the past couple weeks, I haven’t taken as many pictures.  I do want to share, however, the beauty that’s here.  Here we go:

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So this is the view from the rooftop of the first place I stayed… Absolutely gorgeous with the sunset. Continue reading

Lions and Tigers and… Just Kidding

Lately I’ve been struck by the wildlife that I see here in just my small radius of living in India.  I don’t have a car or a scooter – a popular form of transportation here – so walking is my only means of getting around.  Given this, I was shocked when the other day I almost ran into a troop of…

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Monkeys!  Continue reading

A Temple and Thali

Alright, this post is a bit delayed (as in, 3 days delayed) but it’s better than nothing, right?!

This past Saturday, my teacher from back in the States brought 4 of us yoga students to Srirangapatna to see the Raganathaswami Temple.  I, for one, had never seen anything like it, and was very grateful to have such a cultural experience!  Inside was a stucco image of the Hindu god Raganatha, or Vishnu (it’s one of Vishnu’s temples), among many others and were so ornate and beautifully made and decorated.  There was also a little baby who was brought, naked, to sit on the main image of Vishnu… It kind of looked like a baby baptism does for Christians.  It was so cute!  It made me smile.  🙂

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The temple from a distance

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India and Coconuts

Hello from India!

In an endeavor to get away for a bit and focus on myself, I find myself halfway across the world in a country I’ve never been to.  The sights, the sounds, the smells… they’re all so different from what I experience daily in the States.  I originally wasn’t planning on blogging here, but I wanted to share some of the beauty of this country.

So first… My view at breakfast:

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Coconut trees so close I can touch them from the rooftop!

This is the lovely view from the rooftop where I eat breakfast some mornings.  And yes, those are coconut trees!  Not palm trees.  Did you know there is a difference?!
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Travel Tuesday: La Grandeur de Paris

Everyday Paris

Everyday Paris

Many people will tell you that Paris is their favorite city to visit.  It’s splendor and magnificence are evidenced in the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées as well as the incredible artwork, language, and pastries.  And while all this is true, I’ve found Paris’ appeal to not come from the obvious, touristy attractions, but rather from the quaint, beautiful, everyday aspects of the city.

That is where this picture comes into play.

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Travel Tuesday: Oberstdorf

Quaint Oberstdorf

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve done a Travel Tuesday post, and I apologize for that!  But as today is Tuesday and I find myself free for the rest of the evening, I figured this was the best time to resume.  So today I will write about one of my favorite places in Europe:

Oberstdorf, Germany.

Why, you may ask, is Oberstdorf one of my favorites in Europe?   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 15

Splash!

So I’m going to start this post off really exciting.  Ready?  This morning I started my day…   Continue reading

Yellowstone National Park

Doublet Pool: Blue and Bubbling

We drove up, parked the RV, and walked up, just as it made it’s grand eruption:  Old Faithful!  We were finally in Yellowstone!

The crowd around Old Faithful

And yes, we did arrive just as Old Faithful erupted; it was actually pretty incredible timing.  My sisters and my dad and I then proceeded to walk around the geysers near Old Faithful, which were really cool.  They’re all boiling and bubbling and steaming, and the water is so clear!  (One of these, it the picture taken above of Doublet Pool.)  However, it smelled.  Like sulfur.  Which, if any of you know what that smells like, is exactly like rotten eggs.  Dad says the reason it smells so bad is because Old Faithful is really a monster that farts ever 40-90 minutes!  While I know better then that (I’m not that naïve anymore, Dad!), I was starting to think we shouldn’t have eaten eggs that morning for breakfast…   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 14

Bear-Hunting
(Abi and I searching for bears)
(Photo taken by Ashley Samuelson)

Today was a sad day.  It was the day we left Yellowstone National Park.

We did add a few more stops to our trip before leaving, though, hitting the Mud Volcanoes, the Lower and Upper Falls, and Tower Fall.  We also saw tons of bison before leaving the park, as well as pronghorns.

And then there’s the questionable bear sighting.  Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 12

Roasting Marshmallows over a “Fire”
(I’m ashamed to even call that a fire)
(Mom and Ashley are the two in the photo here)

Yellowstone National Park.  A favorite in the country, as the oldest national park in the United States.

This is where we arrived today.  As with previous posts, I’ll post a separate one just on our main adventures in Yellowstone, leaving this post with everything extra that happened during the day today.    Continue reading