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Friday, April 18, 2008

Strange Indian Birthday Rituals

Poor guy - death by chocolate cake!

Some really strange things happen around here when it’s your birthday. This has been going on for years but I think it’s time everyone bore witness to it in full 640×480 30 FPS video:

posted by Jesse at 2:17 am  

Monday, April 14, 2008

Indiana Jonesing Around Delhi

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It has been a really long while since I took time out to appreciate the culture of the city around us. On Sunday we set off on an urban safari. What we saw wasn’t much different than any other day – but we were looking at everything in a different light. We had fun cruising the streets of Delhi for a few hours before we decided to dig a little deeper and go to Red Fort. However, on the way up Mathura Road we passed a sign advertising “Old Fort Lake Boating”, and we knew we couldn’t pass that up. We’d have to do Red Fort another day!

Delhi_Safari-16 I don’t come to this part of Delhi often and I am constantly amazed by our celebrity status. Everyone wants their picture taken with us. Maybe it’s the glasses! The girls, especially, fell victim to hordes of young Indian boys chasing them around. Fortunately it was only a short walk down the road and through the park to get to the lake.

Delhi_Safari-36 We had a few options: get driven around on a larger boat with an outboard motor, get driven around 1-by-1 on a small craft resembling a jet ski, or doing our own paddling on a paddle boat. We opted for the latter. It was loads of fun, including lots of bumping into other boats, buying some cotton candy from a lake-side vendor, and splashing water at cute kids.

Delhi_Safari-50 After tooling around the lake for awhile we decided to head inside the fort to take a look around. This involved a relaxing walk around the towering walls of the fort near the lake. We eventually found the ticket booth, but the girls had to pay full price (100 rupees) while I managed to get in for the Indian-native price of 5 rupees due to my PAN card (my government ID that says I pay Indian taxes). I was actually surprised it worked. I should attempt this at other monuments!

Delhi_Safari-76 It was already getting late so we made fast for the ruined walls. We wanted to get to the spots we could see from the outside. We found some amazing views up on the wall and after a little exploring were rewarded with an unlocked gate leading to the top! The breeze was awesome and the view just as good. I wasn’t aware that Delhi had much of a skyline, but it does. It actually reminds me of Gainesville, with most of the city hidden below the trees:

Skyline from Old Fort in Delhi

There is so much to see in this city, and I have only scratched the surface in the 2 years that I have been here. I think I’m due for some more urban safari weekends as soon as possible!

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posted by Jesse at 11:36 pm  

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