Thursday, March 11, 2010
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
I'm finally back and it will take a while to digest the full intensity of India and Nepal, not to mention the deluge of photos I snapped along the way.
Though the trip was certainly trying at times with the barrage of touts, hardcore negotiations over everything from chewing gum to antiques, an overnight ride on the Indian Railways, and [holy] cow patties splattered onto my legs not once, but twice — I still found myself in constant amazement of the unforgettable sights. I witnessed every extreme imaginable; I interviewed a princess, watched a Hindu cremation ceremony on the Ganges, rode camels into the sand dune sunset, and ate my weight in garlic naan [which, by the way, is as close to Nirvana as I've ever been]. But above all else, I stood in awe of the vivid people; though I was in the world's second most populous country, each and every person had a way of standing out in the motley crowd. These memories will forever be impressed into my mind and soul.
[photos by me.]