Category Archives: Photo Thursdays

Third Trimester Thoughts

So to update you on our pregnancy… we’ve started the 2 month countdown! I have a feeling with Christmas just around the corner, this month will fly by and then we’ll be getting all of our last minute preparations done during January. I’m having a hard time imagining how life will change. I know a huge change is immanent, but it’s hard to wrap my brain around it. I think a few months or even minutes after the baby is born, I will have a hard time remembering what life was like before she was here! We took the above photos for our Christmas card this year. I’m sure I’ll look back on these photos and remember this special time – the last time it is just the two of us!


Photo Thursday: Kodaikanal and Indian Hill Stations

This photo was taken in India – if you didn’t know better, you might think it was taken in the Pacific Northwest (where my husband and I currently live!). This is actually a hill station in Tamil Nadu, India, called Kodaikanal. “Kodai” as it is affectionately known, is a great vacation spot. To reach Kodai from Bangalore, we used to take an overnight train ride, and then have a driver meet us at the station, we would then drive to the top of the mountain, all the while counting down the “hairpin turns” left until the top (literally there are signs that say “hairpin turn #22″). There are many hill stations, located all over India, traditionally places where the upper class escaped the heat of the summer. Now they are a favorite for vacationers, tourists, and honeymooners. There are always great activities in the hill stations, including biking, hiking, horseback riding, boating, and of course shopping!
The photo above is me and my future husband (on either end of the group) along with several friends. We were exploring some of the places that are “off the beaten path.” Can you guess what happened next? Lets just say that my future husband was trying to show off a bit too much and ended up all wet!
Other great hill stations to check out, Musso0rie, Ooty, Ladakh, and more!
Have you visited a hill station? If so which one? Is there one that is on your list of places to visit?
More great scenes from India and other places in Southern Asia coming every Thursday.
Don’t forget to, check out my Flickr photostream for more great photos. You can also buy poster-sized prints of some photos featured in Photo Thursdays in my Zazzle shop.

Photo Thursday: A Crowded Ride

Ever seen a site like this in Southern Asia? This shot was taken on a road trip through the state of Tamil Nadu in India. I can’t really say where they were going or what they were doing but lets just say these animals were riding in style! Well maybe close quarters, but at least they had a view!
More great scenes from India and other places in Southern Asia coming every Thursday.
Don’t forget to, check out my Flickr photostream for more great photos. You can also buy poster-sized prints of some photos featured in Photo Thursdays in my Zazzle shop.

Photo Thursday: Rickshaw Wallas

No doubt, if you’ve traveled to Southern Asia, you’ve seen all types of rickshaws – from auto rickshaws to bicycle rickshaws. (This photo totally reminds me of the movie “City of Joy” with Patrick Swayze.) In my experience however, I have only seen these man-pulled rickshaws in Calcutta (or Kolkata, as it is now known). I’m sure you can still find these types of rickshaws in various villages, but in the major cities that I’ve been to in India, I have only seen these rickshaws in use in Calcutta.
I did not ride in one… it looks like fun, but there is just something so hard about someone earning his living by running through the streets barefoot, pulling passengers. I feel guilty to ride in one somehow, but yet want to support the only business these rickshaw wallas have. I have ridden extensively in auto rickshaws, and many times in bicycle rickshaws. I usually feel more compelled to give the bicycle rickshaw wallas more of a tip than the auto drivers.
Anyone ever ridden in these types of rickshaws? Would you feel comfortable? Have you seen them in other cities in Southern Asia?
More great scenes from India and other places in Southern Asia coming every Thursday.
Don’t forget to, check out my Flickr photostream for more great photos. You can also buy poster-sized prints of some photos featured in Photo Thursdays in my Zazzle shop.

Photo Thursday: TO-LET signs

What do YOU notice in the photo above? Maybe the snazzy name of the shop? The Kannada writing on the sign? The bright colors? Or – is it the huge “TO-LET” sign?
Have you seen these signs in your travels to Southern Asia? In my experience, they are everywhere! A first time visitor to India might make the same mistake that many of my friends have made. The sign is actually advertising a space for rent, NOT public toilets!
Come on, admit it if you’ve made that mistake before! :-)
More great scenes from India and other places in Southern Asia coming every Thursday.
As always, check my Flickr photostream for more great photos. You can also buy poster-sized prints of some photos featured in Photo Thursdays in my Zazzle shop.

Photo Thursday: Three Little Monkeys…

So I typically DON’T get this close to monkeys in India or Nepal. However, I was minding my own business and these guys happened to be right next to me. I quickly snapped their photo (with my handy-dandy zoom lens!) and quickly exited, stage right.
Why so skittish around monkeys? Well, these guys are not the cute little trained monkeys who do cute tricks. They are wild – and can be downright MEAN! Check out the older monkey’s ears in the photo above… I’d say they’ve been in a brawl or two. Plus they can carry diseases – I sure wouldn’t want to get bit by one. Just ask my husband…
He was walking down the road in India, minding his own business. He had a backpack on his back and apparently a monkey thought he must have some tasty treat inside. Before my husband realized what happened, the monkey had bitten him – square on his behind! The only thing that saved him was his wallet. He has two puncture holes in that wallet to prove his story!
More great scenes from India and other places in Southern Asia coming every Thursday.
As always, check my Flickr photostream for more great photos. You can also buy poster-sized prints of some photos featured in Photo Thursdays in my Zazzle shop.

Photo Thursdays: A Houseboat on Scenic Kerala’s Backwaters

This is a photo of a houseboat in Kerala’s backwaters. Kerala is known and advertised in travel commercials in India as, “God’s Own Country.” You can see how absolutely scenic it is. I visited at one of the hottest times of the year, but being out on the water was refreshing. You can rent these houseboats for a period of time – an afternoon, or a couple of days – and they come staffed. You have your own personal fisherman who will catch your dinner and cook it right on the boat for you. If you’re brave enough you can go for a swim right off of your boat. Next time we visit India, we plan to take a family vacation and rent one of these boats. Good times for all!
More great scenes from India and other places in Southern Asia coming every Thursday.
As always, check my Flickr photostream for more great photos. You can also buy a poster-sized print of this photo and others in my Zazzle shop.



Photo Thursday: Hidden Temple

Today’s photo is from a village outside of Kathmandu. I was with a friend, and we stumbled upon this “hidden temple.” It was inside a courtyard, and was very picturesque!
More great scenes from Southern Asia coming every Thursday.
As always, check my Flickr photostream for more great photos. You can also buy a poster-sized print of this photo and others in my Zazzle shop.



Photo Thursday: Dhaka Topi (Nepali Hats)

Today I’m sharing a photo of a street scene in Nepal. These men are enjoying the view and seem to be catching up on all the latest gossip. You will notice most of the men in the photo are wearing a traditional Nepali hat. This hat is called a Dhaka topi or Nepali topi. The fabric of the hat is called dhaka and topi means hat. This is part of the Nepali national dress. To read more about Nepal click here.
More great scenes from Nepal and other places in Southern Asia coming every Thursday.
As always, check my Flickr photostream for more great photos. You can also buy a poster-sized print of this photo and others in my Zazzle shop.


Photo Thursday: Nepal- Water from a Ghat


This is another of my favorite photos that I captured in Nepal. This mother and her children are filling their water jugs in this ghat. Ghat means “steps” and is defined as “steps leading down to a body of water.” In this case the body of water is more like a fountain with a well at the center.
More great scenes from Nepal and other places in Southern Asia coming every Thursday.

As always, check my Flickr photostream for more shots. And you can now buy poster-sized prints of some of these shots. Find them at my Zazzle shop.