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.]

26 comments:

Pati said...

Glad your back! Your pictures are stunning!!! Awesome! Can't wait to hear more.

mrs boo radley said...

SO AMAZING! I have no breath. It has all been taken away. I LOVE THESE PHOTOS.

Vanessa said...

Courtney, I am totally blown away by your photos. Really, they are absolutely stunning. I'm so glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time!

megan said...

Welcome back! Sounds like an amazing time. But seriously, these photos are unbelievable. I can not wait to see more. Wow...truly beautiful.

jane said...

UH-MAZING. Your photos are so good. Wow. India just moved up in my places I have to visit list.

Lauren said...

Your photographs are gorgeous, moving and simply amazing. Can't wait to see and hear more!

Expats Again said...

Everyone that has commented before me is so right--there are no adjectives that properly describe how visually interesting your photos are. I can't wait to hear what you say about India/Nepal. I am so looking forward to reading about your adventures (good and bad).

Marie said...

Wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing. So rich in colour....lovely.

Kelly said...

Such incredible pics, Court! Cannot wait to hear all about it. Welcome back!

Michelle said...

Your photos are amazing Courtney! I can't wait to hear the stories. Welcome back!

Claire said...

Wow, Wow, and Wow! Glad you're safe and sound and can't wait to hear more!!!

Miss you!

{lovely little things} said...

Did you take all of these photos - they are AMAZING!

Joyce said...

WELCOME HOME! Oh my goodness Courtney your photos are BEAUTIFUL!!! xo

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I'm so glad that you had a magical trip! You can really tell by your photos. They're gorgeous, nice work! I can't wait to hear more about it.

ps - I'm going to have an earworm all day from the title of this post. I secretly love the Dead.

Lauren said...

what fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Laura said...

so inspiring - I'll be in India this November, and I'm thrilled now!

Jessica said...

BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS!!

Ann said...

These photos are amazing! Just had to come back and look at them again after our chat yesterday! Can't wait to see more!

M said...

These colors are out of control! Gorgeous!

SaraJane said...

Wow!! Your photos are incredible! It looks like an amazing experience.

pret-a-party said...

oh so glad you're back. and every single one of these pictures is fantastic! love them all. can't wait to hear more!!

my little apartment said...

courtney, these photos are amazing!!! so inspiring...

Courtney said...

these photos are INCREDIBLE! I thought I had a favorite but then I scrolled down further. I love that you totally captured such a vast range too. The colors are beautiful.

Amazing. Seriously.

I'd really love to learn more about how you approach travel photography with people. I've always been so shy when it comes to asking if I can take a photo of someone. Especially in another country. No. That's not true... I'm shy with my camera and people here at home too : )

Suzy Parker LaCroix said...

Your photos are stunning - looks like you had an amazing trip!

Emma said...

I am so staggeringly excited that you have just been to India! I am leaving in about 5 sleeps, for 18 months and I love that your commentary puts a positive spin on the country - some people shudder at the thought but I am desperately jumping out of my skin in anticipation.. any other hints you may have would be much appreciated,
Em xx

Courtney said...

Oh my goodness Emma this is sooooo exciting! And I've always wanted a calling card with "Wallah" on it as my title, so I'm totally envious :)
I adored each and every bit of India and I fully believe if you can conduct business in India, you can make it ANYWHERE in the world. You're about to have the world at your finger tips! I can't wait to watch it all happen.

I plan to do more posts on the trip once I get my computer issues resolved. I need a new one and can no longer load pics on my laptop, so doing any sort of post that requires digging through archived photographs is a pure headache. But I promise to have some coming in the next few months.