Dazzling exhibition at the Natural History Museum!
My new Madeiran BFF 😊
Took me ages to get them in formation
OK guys – India is broken. There’s wind and torrential rain right now. What happened to the 33c I’ve had for the past week?! This is beginning to look familiar, except in London the electricity would still be working 😊
These two asked me to take a photo of them!
A photo from inside the train through foggy glass. I like the colours 😊
Autorickshaws buzzing around like bees
These giant cantilevered Chinese fishing nets are a legacy from the court of Kubla Khan in 1400 AD. The enormous, spider-like contraption requires at least four people to operate their counterweights at high tide. Modern fishing techniques are replacing these labour-intensive methods but they’re still used in Kochi.
A first for me – a rower in a sari.
This cheerful man was diving to the bottom of the canal to collect mud. The mud is used as fertiliser.
On the canals
Sunset of the Day 😄
A lovely sunset seen from my room
My door at the beautiful Yogi guesthouse, which was apparently used for filming The Darjeeling Limited film
What’s going on there?
Sand dune at sunset
Sunrise on a cold morning
One of the few times I’ve taken a photo of someone without permission. But I looked at him and gave a thumbs up with a questioning look. He nodded 😊
One of the few flowers I saw in the desert
Hawa Mahal – wow!
Sun came out
A monk sleeps
Since I’ve got a few hours until my flight, I was looking around the airport and saw these Tibetan Buddhists. This one in particular made me smile as he combined traditional dress with Nike trainers and an iPad! I asked him if I could take his photo. So he put his iPad down to pose. I cheekily asked if he could hold his iPad! After taking the photo, we proceeded to speak for 15 minutes. He became particularly animated when he learnt I was from London! Although we spoke, we didn’t really understand each other. However there was a lot of goodwill and we hugged a few times. I did understand that he was on his way to puja with the Dalai Lama and that he was Tibetan/South Indian. He also flicked through the calendar on his iPad, showing me the Dalai Lama’s puja schedule! As we shook hands whilst parting, he bowed and put his forehead on the back of my hand and, not knowing what this meant, I felt obliged to do the same! Fortunately our heads didn’t clash 😄
Oranges are not the only fruit
I crept up on these two. They look human in the way they’re knitting their brows and scrutinising something, possibly me!
Me hugging my new best friend😄
Early morning first view as I turned to look at the Taj
Cherry blossom trees in Japan, yes, but also in Birmingham 😊