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"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

- Augustine of Hippo

Africa-Elephants

"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

- Louie Armstrong

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."

- Anita Desai

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else."

- Lawrence Block

" Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

We have seen places our parents could only imagine in their wildest dreams!

As we travel, we plan to fill the pages with what we learn as we explore this beautiful world and meet its magnificent people. We hope all who stumble upon these pages will enjoy what they find here and will be inspired to get out of town!

Togo

Oh, my. We were blown away by the poverty in Ghana earlier this week, but it turns out that Ghana was the warm-up act for Togo. I think many people came in from the tours yesterday afternoon shell-shocked. It has taken a little time to process what we saw. I am going to write about…

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The Idols of Kumartuli

Kolkata, or Calcutta, as the British called it, just wrapped up yet another festival celebrating yet another god. This is apparently the season of big festivals honoring the VIG (Very Important Gods); it’s time to celebrate the  bigwigs of the Hindu religion. The Hindu faithful have festivals for too many gods to count, but many…

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Sea of Confusion

Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism. Those are just the main eight religions of India. Roughly, here is the breakdown: 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 6% the remaining six. There are also subsects, but we won’t go there in this post. I. Give. Up. I had every intention of taking a deep dive into…

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Faded Glory

    Last evening, Hemesh, our cruise manager, told us that today we would visit what was once the richest city in all of the world. That is quite a declaration and we were a bit skeptical since we are in rural India and West Bengal doesn’t look like the home of a very prosperous…

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Three Good Things

Our guide for the first week in India was a wonderful man named Yogesh, or “Yogi,” as we called him. He told us that you need three good things to drive in India. Those three things, he said, are 1) good horn, 2) good brakes, and 3) good luck. A week or so in India…

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Tales of Two Cities: Princes and Paupers at Play

    The skies above Jaipur are sometimes battle zones. Colorful battles. It’s just one reason Rajasthan is generally acknowledged to be India’s most colorful state. Children often rush home from school and climb to the rooftops of their homes for kite fights. They use kite string that cuts the strings of other kites. The…

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“A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time”

“Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.”    ~~ Sir Edwin Arnold, English poet     I love the quote used for this title from Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali poet and writer. There is no question that the Taj Mahal is…

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