Happy Sleepy embroidered patch

Marc had this patch made in Arambol, Goa, India, back in January 2009. It’s about 6 inches wide, and it is machine embroidered. I sewed it onto one of our bags while we were travelling, to repair where it was torn. The workmanship on this patch is really rough and completely omits some of the details that were in the drawing. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time getting my hand embroidery skills off … >> read more

Travel Map of India

View India in a full scale Google maps window.

Mother’s Day saris in Nepal

Red and pink saris worn by married women on Mother's Day in Nepal, 2009.

On Mother’s Day in Nepal, married daughters wear read (or other bright colour close to red) and buy fruit and sweets in the market as well as other presents and go to visit their mothers.

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Trees trimmed for firewood rather than cut outright, Nepal

All the lower branches on all the trees in these photos have been cut down for firewood and to feed cows and goats. Retaining the top part of the foliage preserves the tree which helps to prevent mud slides. Clearly not an ideal situation but better than clear cutting altogether.

Trees trimmed of lower branches on the mountainside, Nepal

These photos are from just north of Kathmandu Valley, on the drive from the lookout at Nakargot back to Kathmandu.

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Goats in Calcutta, India

There are a lot of goats in Calcutta. You see them picking their way in around traffic, eating garbage and paper, and even being herded through the narrow back streets. Imagine coming up on a herd of 50 goats in the streets of YOUR city! In the surrounding restaurants, the goat meat is listed as mutton.

Hairy goat in Calcutta, India
Chained to a post, resting on the sidewalk, a hairy goat that Marc says was "much creepier" in person.

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