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Going to Goa

22 Nov

Taking full advantage of being in India (for work), Claire and I squeezed in a weekend trip to Goa (for fun). I never get sick of beautiful beaches or perfect sunsets or straight-up indulgent relaxation. We booked a hotel on Canacona Beach, which is a good distance south of the main city and the more touristy beaches. No drugged induced hippy trance rave parties for us. 🙂 We had a minor hiccup with Kingfisher canceling our flights for the trip but got it all sorted out by taking a flight through Mumbai. On the upside, we found these gems at the Mumbai Airport.

No vegan doughnut from Babycakes, but it’ll tide me over.

We arrived around 4 pm on Saturday and in order to maximize our beach time, we quickly headed out to the beach which was conveniently steps from the hotel. We had just enough time to get our daily dose of vitamin D and catch the gorgeous sunset.

Even the stray dogs on the beach were super chilled out. Cuteness!

The restaurants at the hotel weren’t much to write home about, but the fruit stands on the beach were awesome. Claire got a whole pineapple sliced up and I got a GIANT coconut and mini bananas. Perfect snacks to have in our cabanas.

It’s hard to believe that the countdown of my India trip has begun. I only officially have four more days of work before I fly up to Delhi to meet Jamie and Shauna, for our tour of the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur). I’m so excited to be reunited with my lovely ladies. Oh my how time flies.


Critters in Maldives

9 Nov

Cutest crab ever!

A not so hermity Hermit Crab.

One of the many lizards running around the island.

Aquatic life around the coral. Little black and white clown fish. Below is the tiniest glimpse of a Reef Shark.

Why is it so fun to take pictures of animals?

Safari in Bandipur

24 Oct

After a stressful week, I was thrilled to be getting out of Bangalore for a safari in Bandipur. Realistically Claire and I knew the chances were slim, but both of us really, really wanted to see a tiger. We had heard stories of people waiting over five hours in a watch tower to catch a glimpse of a tiger or the statistic of a 10% chance was mentioned. We still stayed optimistically hopeful. We arrived in Bandipur just before noon on Saturday and checked into the best room ever. The Leopard Room! Sure it was kitschy, but it seemed entirely appropriate and put us in an animal sighting mood. Grr! Just like Summer camp.

We met up with the tour guides and the rest of our group around 4:00 pm near the Jeeps that we would be riding in. These Jeeps were entirely necessary for the uneven terrain. There were a few times I thought I was going to get bounced right out of the back.

The trek started out slow and we saw a few birds, monkeys, bison and wild boar, which my Panasonic Lumix was entirely not right for capturing. The tour guide was pretty excited about spotting these wild dogs so I zoomed in as close as I could.

I personally loved the spotted deer. They were so pretty and didn’t get spooked by the rumbling Jeep.

After an hour, the rain started to kick in and the guides told us the animals would most likely go into hiding. Well, of course. We were the idiots riding around out in the rain. With my face and hoodie wet with rain, I wanted to go into hiding right about then too. Just at that moment, we saw a lone elephant eating.

Shortly after that we entered a scene in Jurassic Park. We spooked a mama elephant and she started trumpeting and charging our jeep. Then another elephant showed up to back her up. They were literally a few feet away from our Jeep. Ack! One in front and one in back. Did I mention there was a baby with us? I would say she was probably 8 months old and she started to get a little freaked out by all the commotion so we had to drive off. Luckily Claire captured this video on her Flip. Exhilarating!

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That definitely got our adrenaline going. No tiger sightings in Bandipur, but at least we got a nice dose of elephants. All this safari business really makes me want to go to Africa. Who else wants in?

Critters in Kerala

19 Oct

Hi, I’m a Benson Snail (Indrella ampulla) and I can move quicker than you’d think.

Hi, I have amnesia and I’ve forgotten what I am, but don’t I look neat?

Hi, I’m a baby python and Julie almost stepped on me. Good thing I slithered back under the rocks where it’s safe.