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30th November
2011
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I needed a picture for today. I saw this lamp shade I had bought while in India. We went to this place, called Dilli Haat, where there were vendors from all the different regions of India. They were selling handmade crafts from their respective regions. I thought this lamp shade was interesting.

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29th November
2011
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While in the airport in Paris I went to this one pastry shop known for its macaroons. I had read about it in one of the National Geographic Traveler magazines I had gotten so I had to buy something from there. I even got to pull out my high school French to make the order and purchase.

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28th November
2011
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I had a 4 hour layover in Paris. But it wasn’t enough time to leave the airport. Since I had just spent 8.5 hours flying from India to France, and was about to spend 10.5 hours flying back to Seattle, I wanted to walk as much as I could while I had the chance. So I ended up walking back and forth between one end of the terminal and the other.

I thought the architecture of the airport terminal was really nice, with the wooden panels and the lights along the ceiling and everything. While I was at one end of the terminal, I grabbed a picture of it.

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27th November
2011
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Back in Gurgaon, where the trip started, I took a picture of this tropical looking flower in my uncle’s backyard. I thought it was really pretty bright compared to how dusty and dirty everything else is. Also interesting is that flowers in India bloom in the November/December time frame – winter. It’s because it is just too hot in the spring summer for flowers to bloom any other time of the year.

26th November
2011
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This was my last evening with my cousins in Shahabad. So even though I wasn’t feeling 100% they still wanted to show me around. This is a picture of the India Gate. It was built by the British after WWI. The British had pulled people from India to fight in WWI (the British controlled India at this time). After the war, the British built this as a memorial for the Indian soldiers that fought and died in the war. Inscribed in the walls of the memorial are the names of those soldiers.

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25th November
2011
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While my stomach was still ill, my fever had subsided. I had enough energy to go pay a short visit to my uncle on my father’s side. He lives in the house that my father and his brothers grew up in, in a village called Kerala (I think that’s the spelling).

I took a picture of the courtyard area through a window. All the windows had fun designs on them. They provided two functions, they were bars to keep those indoors safe. They also added to the design.

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24th November
2011
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This was the start of the end of the trip for me. I was starting to get sick… very very sick. Today’s picture is one of the flowered vine through the balcony doors of my uncle’s house in Shahabad. I really liked this plant. It was super long. It already went down 2 stories (from the roof) for me to be able to see it, but it also when down to the floor below as well. I spent a lot of time lying in this room staring out the window/doors while I was sick.

The sickness started with my skin having an allergic reaction to 20 of the 26 mosquito bites I had gotten. I was also having a hard time breathing with the amount of pollution in the air, eventually, I got a cold. And to top it all off, I had gotten food poisoning which made it so I couldn’t eat anything. Because I wasn’t eating, I had no energy to fight off the cold. So the cold turned into a fever. I was just miserable… At least I had some pretty flowers to look at.

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23rd November
2011
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Today, while driving through town I decided to get a picture of the signs near marketplaces. I thought it was interesting that they were so many and there is very little Hindi.

I also wanted to point out that the sky in the picture if so blue because of the post-processing done. I was also taking the picture through the window of the car. The sky was never that blue when I was there.

Lastly, you can see a stray dog at the bottom center of this image. It was one of the skinnier stray dogs that I saw.

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22nd November
2011
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Everyone kept asking me if cows really do wander along the streets in India. And I wanted to show that, yes, they do. So today’s picture is called “holy cow”. 😛

Along with cows, I saw lots of different animals in the streets. There were the stray dogs and cats which weren’t very different, except for their numbers. You couldn’t go any where, really without seeing a stray dog. And those dogs looked really well fed. None of them looked underweight.

I also saw roosters, monkeys, and peacocks, in the streets! I tried to get pictures of them, either my camera wasn’t ready, or it was too dark to get a clear shot. Then we saw various working or farm animals. We saw working horses and elephants. As for farm animals we saw goats, donkeys, and sheep. Again, all in the streets.

The streets are basically shared by everyone and everything and some how I didn’t see a single major accident. There were definitely a fair share of dents and dings, but no one (including animals) ever got hurt.

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21st November
2011
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This is day 2 in India. We’ve moved to another uncle’s house. Now we’re in the village where my mother was born and raised. It’s called Shahabad. (Though it used to be called something like Shaibabad.)

I don’t have any before pictures of the village, but there weren’t so many buildings here before, especially buildings that were more than 1 or 2 stories. I’m standing on the 3rd floor of a my uncle’s house to take this picture.

I think this picture also gives one an idea of how old and worn the area is. All the buildings have paint wearing off, they are covered in dust and dirt.

Finally, off in the distance, it looks a little foggy. It’s not only fog though. It’s a mix of fog and smog. The bluish-grayish sky is the most blue the sky ever was during the whole trip because of all the smog in the Delhi area. I asked my cousin about it, and he said they don’t get truly blue skies anymore. It was really sad to hear. :-/

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