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 Las Palomas1 comment
picture15 Apr 2006 @ 04:11, by koravya. Travel
a church in Las Palomas, Mexico, from a city park across the street.  More >

 Worldrider6 comments
picture 18 Feb 2006 @ 15:01, by ming. Travel
Allan Karl was on his way around the world on his motorcycle until, last month, he had a bad fall and broke his leg rather thoroughly. In Tica Tica, Bolivia, which is in the middle of nowhere, unless you live there, and probably it still is. Very poor area, very high in the mountains, hundreds of miles on muddy roads from even bad hospitals. Anyway, Allan is a blogger par excellence and has meticulously documented the whole journey. And this is no different. Even while he's bouncing around in the back of a pickup truck with a broken leg in the rain on a dirt road in the Bolivian mountains, he somehow manages to get pictures taken, and he records the events blow by blow. Which is rather fascinating to read. I've only met Allan once, at a blogger event in L.A. He's a great guy. Anyway, his accounts of the around-the-world trip is here:, and his normal blog is Digital Tavern. Anyway, after some grueling days he made it back to a proper hospital in Orange County, to be put back together more professionally, which seems to be progressing well.  More >

 Hey! All transplants, re-locators, new life-ers (not necessarily new age-ers)
picture29 Oct 2005 @ 06:04, by judih. Travel
I've been suddenly struck with intense New York City longing. It happens now and then.

I suddenly smell a concrete Sunday morning, or visualize a Coney Island moment and tears of longing just well up inside.

You, who now live in a new location, possibly under a new name, do you suddenly find yourself the passive victim of interminable nostalgia for the Old Country?

And what do you do to deal?

Please let me know. I don't wanna say I don't love this new place I call home, but all the same, there's a huge vein of deja vu soul patiently stuck in a place I can't get to.

Does this happen to you? And what do you do?

sample of me trying to cope:

Puffin ions at the Fairground

New York tears
puffin ions at the fairground
skyscrapin memories
so close, so utterly distant
touch the smells of bagel steam
chestnut impressions of walk stop walk
how much for a lazy extra moment?
no time no time
sidewalk pushes me past my address

seatbelted, glued to a timeline
electric trivia sparks from behind
how much for a slower passage?

on the splendid dinosaur
polished and painted bright
seizing the brandished diatribe
how much for a cheap seat on the aisle?

oct 29/05

(help! - send me some NYC)  More >

 Departure from India3 comments
20 Aug 2005 @ 03:18, by b. Travel
The monsoon rains became a biblical torrent that brought four feet of rain to the city of Bombay in one day. I saw mosquitoes that looked as big as bumble bees. I was bit more then a few times. I had already booked on a flight out that was cancelled a number of times due to the rains.  More >

 A Night Out in Bombay5 comments
6 Jul 2005 @ 13:24, by b. Travel
The British called the emerging city Bombay but in India it is called Mumbai. Right now in July 2005 it is the time of monsoon, the rainy season. It could start to rain at any time for an hour or for days. Mumbai is a city of 15 million people. It is a series of islands in the Arabian Sea that are connected by bridges and cause ways. The city traffic is extaordinary busy, organized chaos. There is a great sense of unity here and hardly are there any accidents. In all of the outer areas or suburbs of Mumbai there are countless motor rickshaws mingling with taxies, cars, busses and some trucks.
There is a ring of traffic circles around Mumbai center and it is there that the rickshaws are not permitted in. The main part of the city has wide streets and boulevards with well regulated traffic lights and patterns. It is clean and there are animals of all kinds who walk about in harmony with the humans and the traffic. Their droppings seems to dissapear rapidly. There is a great sense of unity here.  More >

 India9 comments
10 May 2005 @ 13:11, by b. Travel
I just got back to Mumbai from a trip to New Delhi. I have been living in India for some time. The contrasts were more then interesting between both cities. Delhi has good roads, is very clean, it is the capital of India and the people there are used to seeing and selling things to tourists, foreigners. Mumbai is the financial center had has its pearl, Bollywood, the glamor industry It is big, fast moving and most people could care less if you are a foreigner or tourist.

India is a country of many exotic religions, at least to my western eyes. I have visited many temples, mosques, a few churches and even a synagouge in my search for religious truths. The food here is in great variety and abundance. It is mainly in the rural areas that people have restricted diets. Yes, there are poor people but there are also riches in abundance.

Mumbai is a big city of 15 million people. It took me a month to find bagels, lox and cream chees. One day in Delhi, searching sights in the city in an ac car with driver, I stumbled across Moshe's Deli. Imagine my surprise to find that Moshe served first class Italian food. I bought a loaf of fresh baked whole wheat Italian bread, had some gelati and we had a nice chat. All of the people here in India seem friendly. I have walked many a street, day and night and felt no dangers.  More >

 The Traveling Bee12 comments
25 Feb 2005 @ 10:48, by b. Travel
I am traveling in Asia now. I have visited Tiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore. I am in India now. India is a multi ethnic place and I observed first hand the Ashura Shia Muslim celebration at a mosque where men beat themselves and cut their babies heads so that blood dripped. All in the name of the love of God.  More >

 Mariamman7 comments
picture9 Jan 2005 @ 19:40, by koravya. Travel
There is this place where I lived for two years in India, on the northeast coast, just outside the town of Cuddalore on the north side in a rural setting overlooking the wide sandy beach. Fishing villages nestled amongst the coconut palms where the rich green vegetation extended into the countryside. I read now that the current population of Cuddalore is about 160,000, and I remember that it was around 100,000 when I lived there thirty years ago. A wide shallow river traverses the city and empties into the ocean. Huge ocean going freighters cast anchor a couple of miles out. You will see one or two out there for a few or several days every month while little cargo boats shuttle back and forth from this shallow water port to load ore mined from the hinterland. Smaller towns and villages extend in every direction from this ancient Hindu seaport. There is a beautiful ritual that several of the temples in this area go through. The resident goddess, and Mariamman is popular around here, the protectoress of those who live by the sea, is taken from her place in the temple and placed on a huge wooden cart, and rolled through the streets of the city through the night to the long road which leads to the beach to the north of town. Arrival is at dawn with throngs of her followers, and she is taken from the cart and bathed in the waves. The children that I knew would now have their own children. Those of my own generation would now have their own grandchildren. There is a piece of my heart over there as I remember the faces of those whom I knew.
All India movement for Seva
Tsunami Relief news
Devotion to Mariamman
Mariamman photos  More >

 Latin America - I love you!
picture23 Sep 2004 @ 11:30, by ashanti. Travel
I'm back from Latin America. The whole experience was too huge to write about yet. It has changed me as a person, fundamentally. I am in love with the region - it has an intellectual narrative that is rich and textured and deep. A cultural landscape that brims with life and love and passion. And I've developed a whole new interest in Cuba.  More >

 South of France8 comments
picture 14 Jan 2003 @ 18:09, by ming. Travel
I'm still planning on moving to France. My kids aren't exactly thrilled, except for the smallest one, who's easily excited about the prospect of going just about anywhere. And, based in part on good feedback, I think I'll change my mind and focus mainly on Southern France, as in the South West, Midi-Pyrenees Region. The Cote d'Azur (French Riviera) to the South East also sounds warm and glamorous at first, but crowded and touristy. I don't want to make the same mistake as when moving to California first, we moved to Hollywood, because it sounded like a glamorous thing to write home about. But for people in L.A. Hollywood is mostly just a bad neighborhood, albeit colorful. So, as to South West France, the most vibrant area on various counts would be around Toulouse. It is a big city with lots of high tech computer and aerospace companies. But the bigger area is not very crowded, so you're quickly out in the country. And the whole area has lots of culture and history. Now, it is of course hard to figure it all out in advance, but I think that'll be my starting point when we go and explore a bit.  More >

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