samedi 20 juin 2015

Road 2 Agra: The NeverEnding Story

Man, this has to be my 500th entry and I am still not done with my India recap. Like Dave Chapelle once said--"Wrap it up, B!". I'm sorry, Internet. The truth is, I took well over 6, 000 pictures in India. WHO DOES THAT?! It's been hell trying to narrow them down to a select few and building an entry around them. I am not a fan of travel blogs that are full of pictures with no story. I want to know what happened. I mean, I know how to use Google Images so if I wanted to look at pictures, why would I go to your blog? With that said-- 6,000, though? I never take that many pictures anywhere, I swear. What can I say? India put a spell on me! Only one more entry after this and we are out of here.

Moving on, after departing lovely Jaipur we set off for Agra. This was the moment I had been waiting for! Little did I know that the ride to Agra would take a smooth galactic year. Our first stop was to a small village called Abhaneri. This is where a famous step well called Chand Baori is located. Rajasthan is a desert state, so water is a resource that is Gollum certified precious. If you are wondering about the name, "Chand" refers to Raja Chand and "Baori" means step well. It was built in the 9th century to collect rainwater but the British Raj thought step wells were gross and unsanitary so they shut them down. Obviously, they went dry. Regardless, Chand Baori is still an incredible sight to see. This thing looks like an optical illusion! Pictures don't do it any justice. My eyes couldn't process it. India is bananas, for real.  Chand Baori is 13 stories tall, 100 feet deep, and has about 3,500 steps. I am out of breath just thinking about it! I can't imagine who would actually climb down these steps for fun. I was gripping the railing when I leaned in for a closer look cause I knew my scumbag brain could (and would!) betray me. Y'all have heard the french expression l'appel du vide ("the call of the void"), right? Non, merci. I really like being alive.

vendredi 12 juin 2015

Palaces, Block Printing, and Weddings: Oh, My!

Woke up bright and early to enjoy some gobi paratha downstairs at the breakfast bar. I love breakfast more than anyone I know, so I think it is safe to say that I am an expert. I am here to give you my expert opinion and tell you that India has the breakfast food game on lock, no contest. I could live off of it forever. I have always been an early riser, so I was usually downstairs before anyone else in the group. Let me stop here for a second and mention that I loved getting ready with MTV India on in the background. So many new bangers for me to listen to! Anyway, I was enjoying my cappuccino while skimming the Jaipur Times. I was so pleased to see speculation that Professor Moriarty would play the villain in the new James Bond movie!!! Wonderful news. 

My group joined me and soon we were ready to begin the day. We headed out into the wild ass Jaipur traffic and made our way to the Jah Mahal (Water Palace). This thing is literally just raw in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It is a 5 story building, 4 of which are underwater. Indians, what will y'all think of next?! I heard this is actually a hotel with 100+ rooms, but who knows? I didn't go inside, but it is a really nice, if not unusual, sight.

lundi 8 juin 2015

Me, Again

It has been about a month since I last updated, and this is why:

School is truly the silent killer. 

I have managed to emerge victorious from yet another grueling semester and I am one step closer to finishing. I am a total masochist. After a little more sleeping in and lounging about, I will continue my India trip on the blog. I can't believe it has already been about 6 entire months now! It has been really fun going through all of the photos again and reliving it. After that, I will be posting about my London/Paris double feature and then... ugh. Barcelona. Still heartbroken, still wish I was there. This is the post I am dreading the most. I'm still not sure how much of that trip I want to share. I will probably just give y'all the gist cause it was really fun to be swept off my feet lol. I will figure it out by the time I get around to posting about it. I hope to be caught up by the time I leave for Istanbul (51 days!). 

I promise I am still around! There are many more stories to tell--- like how I almost got hit by a double decker bus in London as soon as I got there (dumb ass!) and miraculously lived to tell the tale. Until then, I may or may not be drowning myself in wine...



My glasses were askew and I didn't even notice! Such frazzle. Much decompress. Wow. Par for the course avec le vin en tête. I am totally serious when I say that this term really put me through the wringer! It feels great to have free time again. I have really missed my blog... I am such a deadbeat.

À la prochaine! See y'all soon.