As I continue to re-edit my travel photos from 2010, I’m revisiting some of my unbelievable experiences from that trip. It also gives me something to do as I navigate the spring allergy season in Chengdu. My eyes are constantly stinging and watery, my sinuses feel like someone shoved a fistful of dry pine needles up my nose, my breathing is labored and shallow, and my cough persistent. This is the worst allergy season in recent memory. The other day I decided to visit my favorite massage therapist, but before I even reached the university gate I was gasping for breath and wheezing. I gave it up. My next purchase: a deionizer to purify the air in my apartment. And a face mask. Watcher – Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), Delhi, India Sher-e-Punjab Restaurant, Manali, India - before the dinner rush Blurred monk photographer, Dharamsala, India – below Bagsu Falls Group – main square, Dharamsala, India Old town Varanasi, India – lone walker
Now that winter is chilling me to the bone and the big snowflakes are swirlng outside my window, I think of the hot summer days not so long ago when I was sweating my way through India. resting goat, ghat steps, Varanasi, India, August 2010
Central Bus Terminal, Delhi, India – early morning
Boat prow on the Ganges, Varanasi, India I was invited recently to be a guest blogger for the site http://trailofasia.com/. You can read my guest post, “Varanass, Varanass,” an account of surviving both the 2-day bus journey from Kathmandu to Varanasi as well as the Indian heat, here: http://trailofasia.com/riding-the-bus-to-varanasi-india/ Thanks to Elaine of Trail of Asia for the invitation!
NEW FACE CARE – Varanasi, India