Incredible India

Jaipur The old city, the Pink City, is dominated by the endless streets of bazaars, The buzzing shops sell everything from jewelry, carpet, spices, to housewares and saris. You are disoriented by the constant deafening honking from tuktuks, cars, the scream of monkeys and tourists. You cannot win the fight against the merchants. They are professionals, negotiators, warriors. […]

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Epiphany in Ethiopia, Year II

Yesterday was the eve before Orthodox Church’s Epiphany, or Timket Katera, as known here in Ethiopia. I went to the Timket celebration in Jan Meda in Addis Ababa last year, and it was amazing. This time, I went to the evening ceremony.

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An Indian Red Wedding

It was one of life’s most unexpected and pleasant surprises that has brought me to an unbelievable, out-of-this world wedding in Jaipur, India, and it all starts with a grocery run.

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Epiphany in Ethiopia

On January 19 Ethiopia is lit up by Epiphany, or Timkat in Amharic, meaning “the baptism”. Timkat celebrates the baptism of Jesus, and is one of the holiest festivals of the year. Starting from around 4 PM on Sunday, the holiday goes on until Tuesday. Since I almost missed Christmas entirely about two weeks ago, […]

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Oregon Country Fair

Oregon Country Fair Flickr set (NSFW), originally uploaded by chez cåsver. The OCF was by far the most eccentric and bizarre people gathering I’ve attended, both visually and olfactorily. This photo documented the drum circle on Saturday afternoon. The temperature was close to 100F but as the drummers played hard, nobody seemed to be bothered.

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