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The Beautiful Maldives

Ashley and I struggled with this one, no really. The Maldives is an immensely beautiful place, and with my poor writing skills, there is no way we could do it justice. Plus, it seems a lot of you out there are envious of our travels, seeing the Maldives will only make it worse. You people are getting kinda scary. Your office lives can't be that horrible, right? (Insert Ashley's cackle here)

So in lieu of Maldives pictures, I have created a post with some of the more colorful scenes we've encountered along the way.

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The lovely air of Hangzhou, China. (Lucky you, we don't have a Beijing picture handy.)

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The pig suitcase in Halong Bay, Vietnam. How else would you carry a piglet on a ferry for no baggage fee? We later found out that people use pigs as an investment. Buy piglets with savings, fatten them up and sell the hogs. More secure than a Madoff investment.

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Geckos everywhere! At first it was cute, but by the 10th hotel with geckos you kinda just ignore them.

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Some of you may have seen it before, but this is the Santa Condom at the socially responsible restaurant Cabbages and Condoms in Bangkok, just plain strange. The smiles are alcohol induced.

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The monkey who tried to bite my face off, I swear! A macaque apparently thought I was a threat to his pack dominance and charged at me in Ubud, Bali. Not sure if that's a compliment or not.

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And finally, a cow grazing pastorally in the middle of Jaipur, India. Reminds me of days back on the farm.

Remember, travelling around the world is not all sunshine and beautiful vistas. Some times it's even hard work :).

Posted by Scatman 22:47 Archived in USA Comments (2)

Modern India: 2014 Highlights / Thanks to Friends

3 weeks in India was probably just enough time there; we saw the Taj, heavily toured the Northern India state of Rajasthan, and, starting in 2014, toured the Southern India state of Kerala for 4 days (pics below). Overall, we got some great sights, met some lovely people and had scrumptious Indian food, while (mostly in Delhi) seeing serious poverty, medical concerns (Several men we saw got along on 1 leg), differences in actions/treatment across genders, piles of trash, and open sewage and public defecation (for which peppermint oil was hugely helpful under the nose). (Related NYTimes article here

Thank you to Kristin & Adam for their talk and detailed notes on India (yes, we copied much of your itinerary in the end- thank you for making it easy: I kept your printed notes handy as my go to reference), to world traveler Jessica M for Delhi highlights, Anand T for his wise advice that "you will like India more once you are done with it and have left the country than while you're there. It's one of those things :) "), Chandana for pointing us away from other potential India destinations that were a bad match for Dave & me, Sandeep for taking some precious time from work to give me the run down on Delhi and beyond, and to Sumit for last minute travel package help.

Picture time!

Dave & I ringing in 2014 on the train with makeshift water bottle cups

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Exploring Kochi in Kerala, here with the "Chinese fishing nets". Can you guess how they work?

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Dave outside a synagogue where we learned Jewish people immigrated to India as early as the first century A.D,

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Kerala Backwaters Houseboat

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Tea plantation

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Periyar Tiger Reserve Boat Cruise run by the government

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Love these piglets!

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1 day Bamboo Raft Tour + 12 km Trek. No tigers spotted, but 4 wild elephant encounters. They are feisty creatures, as we go to see when some men scared an elephant away from a camp spot. So glad to have a zoom lens for these close ups as we did not get so close to these elephants, except for 1 other scare with a potential 1-elephant stampede.

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Dave Tarzan Style

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Tiny Chili

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Elephant Teeth

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Wild Bison Stare Down

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Beautiful Wild Things

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Beautiful Reserve

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Posted by Equatorials 23:16 Archived in India Comments (3)

Pot of Gold at the End of Our Myanmar Rainbow

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Inle Lake is a huge little-developed lake where the men fish with their hands and row with their feet simultaneously, food is farmed in the water and entire restaurants, hotels and houses sit over water.

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On a lake tour, we saw women make silk and lotus clothing and bags (aimed to empty tourist pocketbooks!), saw 'long necked women' make scarves, saw an active low-tech metal shop, tried on painful teeth hats for sale and visited a temple that was not completely open to all (see the sign).

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On our last day we biked to Red Mountain winery, but don't expect to see it in grocery stores quite yet as it needs to mature quite a bit. Like Myanmar in whole though, it surely will.

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Hiking over Myanmar

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View 40 K Miles, 6 Months on Equatorials's travel map.

While in Thailand in 2007, my favorite experience was a 3 day guided hiking trip in Chaing Mai with friends Heather and Laurel. So I was eager to attempt to repeat this experience in Myanmar. Dave and I walked about 24 miles for 2.5 days, seeing a tremendous variety of food farmed (much like on the Chaing Mai trek, including avocado, eggplant, mangos...) and staying in villager's homes (though we spoke to them little, a major letdown).

Below are pictures of some of the agricultural bounty. In order they are: cabbage, rice, chili peppers, and also a colorful photo of these veggie fields along with green wheat and yellow sesame. You see us below with 2 teachers & their house (& their political poster that was so common of Aung San Suu Kyi) and also Dave's new friend.

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Lovely Bali for all you Eat, Pray, Love Fans

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Dave and I spent 6 days in Bali. We are so spoiled that this did not seem long; returning to the work world where vacations are 1-2 weeks will certainly be different!

Ubud had lots of green, natural beauty with spiritual touches. Here (in the order of the photos below) we/I: saw a religious procession in the street; ate some delicious food; took a 1 day long EcoTour with a visit of an active volcano, coffee plantation (where we saw the famed civit cats that excrete coffee beans...can you guess which of the 2 sets of beans came from a cat's behind?...And saw the real source of chocolate, which looks white when raw) and went on a 18 mile bike ride (mostly downhill in the rain!); went to Conde Nast promoted yoga classes in a treehouse at Yoga Barn; saw a man dance on fire a Kecak show (glad Leslie urged us to go, though Dave agreed with Bryan that seeing 1 of the nightly shows was sufficient); saw some teeth-y monkeys at the Monkey Sanctuary (cut our trip short after several flashed their teeth at & pick pocketed on Dave) and, lastly, we enjoyed the shops, spas, & restaurants.

Next, in Ahmed (captured in just 1 picture below), we/I: dove at the US Liberty shipwreck (thank you Mike Kao for that recommendation); snorkeled till we both burned; and chilled along the rocky beach (getting an outdoor massage pool/ocean side).

Hope our other friends (Laurel, Thijs, Mary N, Niki) who are visiting Bali now love it just as much!

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