Pumping Iron in El Poblado

As I’ve been on the road for most of the last 11 months, I’ve found getting exercise to be a bit of a challenge.  I’m always on the move.  This makes routine somewhat impossible.  Consistent exercise requires habit.

If I were to prioritize working out,  it would happen more.

In Panama I managed a few hikes.  In India, I started doing pushups and yoga stretches in my hotel room.  In Chiang Mai, I was able to blend into a huge resort hotel and take advantage of their pool, weights and cardio machines almost daily for about two weeks.

Getting Ready for Another Drifting Endeavor

Up until just a few days ago, I didn’t know where I’d be drifting to next.  As I’ve been virtually location stagnant in central Florida for the last month, I needed to make a decision.  I thought: Just where on earth am I going to go?

I flirted with the idea of visiting the Iberian Peninsula because it boasts a mild climate, allows the ability to improve on language skills, and has some of the best gastro delights on the planet.  Another perk is that Northwest Africa is practically a stone’s throw away over the strait of Gibraltar.

How India Has Grown on Me

I didn’t understand why the majority of travelers I’d met in India were there for the second, third, fourth or even fifth time. I was wondering what caused their minds to sensationalize the art of drifting around the sprawling subcontinent. It’s that good that you decided to come back again . . .  and again. What’s so fantastic about India? I’m practically living in a sauna.

Five Signs From Mumbai

I haven’t published a signs post since Signs Of India a while back.  In total, Five Signs From Mumbai will be only the fourth signs post.  My favorite remains the first one: Signs of Nicaragua.

I still love to read signs and snap shots of the ones I like, seem interesting, or have the potential to look good in a picture.

During my  day in Bombay, I managed to snap a few pics of signage.  Here are five of six that I deemed worthy of sharing.

Doing a Good Deed in Delhi

While traveling, and it should apply to not traveling too, I try to do something helpful on a daily basis.  It doesn’t matter how meager or grand it is.  It’s just nice to make a contribution to the human race.  By doing something, anything, it keeps the consistency and mindfulness going.

I sometimes think: If everyone tried to focus on doing one daily altruistic deed, the world would be even better than it already is.

Like in India, there’s poverty and desperation everywhere on earth.  But, on the subcontinent, it’s more noticeable than anywhere I’ve been.

Jaipur’s Amber Fort: A Photo Essay

On my way back to Delhi, I spent a day and two nights in Jaipur.  During this ultra-short visit, I managed to squeeze in a plethora of photo exploration.

After drifting over to the stunning Amber Fort just before sundown,  I managed to snap a few shots just in the nick of time.

In hindsight, I should have gotten there an hour or two earlier as the place is an architectural spectacle.  Considering I was in India, this was hardly a surprise as the huge subcontinent is full of awe and wonder.

Bundi’s Main Attraction

I really liked the ancient municipality of Bundi.  One reason for this was the wonderful interactions I had with a few of the people there.  The other was for its main attraction, the Garh Palace and Taragarh Fort.

I started with the Garh Palace.  Because I arrived early, just after they opened at 8am, there were hardly any people.  At the palace, I only came across one maintenance worker and two other tourists.  This gave me lots of free space to gaze in awe and take photos.

People of Bundi: A Photo Essay

I recently found myself in the lovely little Rajasthani city of Bundi, which sits between Udaipur and Rajasthan’s capital of Jaipur.

Bundi was on my way to Delhi, where I needed to get to in order to fly out of India, as my six-month visa was just about to expire.  Every guesthouse worker who inspected my passport and visa during check-in over my final two weeks, reminded me of this legality.

I spent two days and three nights in Bundi.   While there, I came across a lot of people.   Now, while perusing the photos and being reminded of the interactions that I had, it feels as if I’d spent a lot more time there.

Northern Europe in November

 The flight from Delhi was almost free of turbulence.  I felt rattling only once while being jarred awake, as there was an announcement in Dutch followed by English.  A flight attendant stated that we were flying through strong winds.  The shaking subsided in seconds and I was back asleep.

After landing in Amsterdam and exiting the aircraft, I quickly made my way to customs.

Dental Tourism on a Delhi to-do List

Upon arriving in India’s mega capital this afternoon, I was on a mission to cross out items from my Delhi to-do list.

I’d scribbled the list down while on a shabby but efficient local bus from Jaipur this morning.

One item was to get my shoes shined or cleaned.  Before I checked into my hotel room, a boy had already approached me and shined my shoes for 20 Rupees or $.39.  I had to be firm with him about not putting new soles or stitching in.  If I hadn’t been explicit, he would have attempted to do more than shining. He would have tried to command an exorbitant price of 200 Rupees or more.   I knew this from past experience.  Shoes clean.