Start at the bottom and work your way up reading about
some of my
adventures in India. The embedded photo links will take you to photo
album pages with captions/additonal info. Hope you all enjoy and we
hope to see you soon!
Well we are back home in Greenfield. Its great to be home! Our
experience in India was a truly amazing adventure. The people were fantastic
and we learned a lot. It was an enjoyable, eye-opening journey that
makes one really appreciate all that we enjoy. The photos on the
following pages are a mere fraction of those we took so please visit us and
ask us to show you a more comprehensive array of photos.
4/2/07 Today we
visited Bangalore's City Market. Walking through this large urban
market was quite an experience. With thousands of vendors the market
was roughly organized in relation to offerings. There were large
sections with flowers, vegetables, groceries, house wares, even a section
with tools. It was basically the Indian equivalent of Home Depot,
Wal-Mart, a grocery store and farmers market all combined.
Click here for photos.
3/30/07 We flew
to Delhi and then took a 5 hour road trip to Agra where we stayed for
a few nights. While in Agra we toured the Taj Mahal and the Agra Red
Fort. Click here for photos.
arrived in India today and we immediately headed out of Bangalore with some
of my coworkers. We went to Mysore where we toured Mysore Palace and
then journeyed to a spectacular mountain top temple.
Click here for photos.
3/16/07 Yashupal Jayanna my
coworker here in Bangalore invited me and another American (Karl Bardell) to
join him attending his friends wedding. Since the wedding was quite a
ways away we decided to make a long weekend of it and go to the coast after
the wedding. Click here to view some photos of the wedding reception
and our adventures in Goa one of India's most famous beach resort areas.
3/5/07 Brian Lear, one
of my best freinds (and coworker) recently joined me on assignment here in
Bangalore. Click here to see a few photos of
Brian and I enjoying a tour of the Bangalore Botanical Garden.
3/4/07 As some of you may
know one of my best friends in college Sanjay Kashyap was born in India.
When I found out I would be visiting Bangalore he was one of the first folks
I told. We were both surprised to learn that serendipitously he was
also planning a trip to India to visit family and for a few days early in
February and again early in March we would both be in Bangalore. Well,
Sanjay and I did get together in both months. It was great to spend
time with him and his family and we enjoyed some truly memorable times
together once again. Here are a couple
of quick pics of Sanj and I.
2/28/07 OK, the suprises in India never
seem to end. Apparently one of my coworkers knows an art buyer who put
him in touch with a local
gallery owner who managed to provide us with an invite to a gala fashion
show at Bangalore Palace. Of all the things I never imagined doing on
this trip I'd have to say attending a fashion show was certainly among the
things I had not envisioned. That being said it was a pretty
impressive evening. Thousands of guests, a fabulous outdoor setting, open
bar, food, and oh yeah the fashions were fun to look at too.
Check it out for yourself.
2/18/07 Today a number of my co-workers
here in India took me on a trip to three historic temples. We departed at
6am and returned to Bangalore at 1am, it was an incredible amount packed
into one day. We visited the
Temple in Belur,
Temple in Halebidu,
and Vindhyagiri hill in
(home to a gigantic 60 foot high monolithic stone statue).
The size, artistry, craftsmanship, and longevity of
these sites was astounding. When one
considers that all of this work was accomplished by hand without the benefit
of modern tools or machinery the amount of dedication and labor is all the
more impressive. Each of these sites is approximately 1000 years old.
During the journey to the temples we also stopped at a sugar cane farm and I
was able to witness first hand the making of
jaggery. This was
quite an experience as this was a very rural setting and the workers were as
fascinated with our digital cameras as we were with their jaggery
production. I hope you enjoy my photos: Three
Temples & Jaggery.
2/11/07 Today a couple of my co-workerss
took me on a safari tour within Bannerghatta National Park. The tour
consisted of a bus ride through large fenced in areas of natural habitat
that were stocked with lions, tigers and bears (each within its own area).
The animals were acclimated to the buses and the lions and tigers especially
seemed as eager to observe us as we were to observe them. The bus was
pretty full but I managed to get a spot right at the door that allowed me to
take some great photos. At one point a lion walked right up to me and was
literally only about 2 feet from me. It was amazing! After the bus tour we
walked through a zoo were we fed the monkeys and I got to meet an elephant.
2/10/07 I attended Aero-India, the
largest airshow in this region of the world. The US was well
represented with the flying demonstrations by the F-16, F-18, C17,
airplanes and a Chinook helicopter. However, the best part of the show
for me was seeing the aircraft that are typically not
displayed within the US. Flight demonstrations of other countries
aircraft included the MiG-29OVT/MiG-35 "Fulcrum-F" and the the Sukhoi Su-30
"Flanker-C". These are among the latest versions of Russia's MiG and
Sukhoi fighters both utilize thrust-vectoring technology. While the Swedish
"Gripen" manufactured by Saab also put on an impressive demonstration, the
Russian aircraft performed maneuvers that literally seemed to defy
aerodynamics. I saw these plans do things that I have never seen
another aircraft do. They were truly impressive.
2/8/07 Tonight I realized just how surreal India can be as I
enjoyed a falafel dinner in an Italian restaurant while I watched cricket
and listened to a indian duo belt out a rousing version of the Door's Come
on Baby Light My Fire. Guess you just had to be there to fully
appreciate the irony of it all. Does anyone understand cricket?
Check out some of my first photos here in India -