Stories from India - Im back

Tuesday, January 19

I made it back safely from India, I came back earlier so I could spend a week at home before heading back to work for the year. I hope you've been enjoying the guest posts - Tina, Amanda and Laura have done such an amazing job!! Also Lisi will be continuing to guest post for me this week.

So India, I don't even know where to start. The place is crazy it changes you. So many people, smells, colour - everything.

We arrived in Delhi and went straight to New Delhi train station, mistake number one. There is often touts there that are waiting for foreigners to scam. First they wouldnt let us go up stairs at the train station telling us no foreingers were allowed up there and then we were told that we had the wrong train ticket and we needed a new one. They proceeded to take us to the tourism office, which WASN'T the official tourism office, just a cleverly made rip off. We were told all trains were booked and we couldn't get to Agra and would need a driver (even though all the trains wernt booked). If anyone sells you a driver remember that it is a FIXED price for the car no matter how many people you fit in the car (and in India, you can fit alot of people in a car!!) We were charged per person and paid 4 times the amount we should of! Gosh they must of had a Happy New Year after serving us. I later read in Lonely Planet that it is common for touts to hangout at New Delhi train station telling touritsts they need a new trian ticket and then selling them a driver or tours at inflated prices.

Anyways long story short we got a driver for the first 3 days, it actually worked out well as the driver was very nice and took us to see more things then we would of if we caught the train, and even though we were ripped off and tricked into it we felt safer having someone drive us around.



We did finally get to catch a train between Goa and Kerala, an overnight sleeper. That was such and experience and lots of fun. I really like the sleeper trains. Id heard so many stories about them and that they overcrowd them, but its not true. So long as you book well ahead of time you will get your seat...although if your on a bottom bunk an Indian (or whole Indian family) may try to share with you. Their idea of personal space is very different to ours.

We spent most our time in the South, which I was grateful for as it isn't the busy India of the North. The North is more what I had expected India to be like. Id read Shantaram and Holy Cow and Eat Pray Love, all gave me the impression of a colourful busy place, which is alot what Rajasthan was like. Jaipur was a really beautiful city in the North. We saw Amber fort there which is this amazing fort built into the mountains. I felt like I was at the great wall of China.

We listened to Indian music, saw dancing, drank chai, did shopping in the bazaars, rode an elephant, wore Punjabi clothes and learnt how to tie a sari. Oh and the girls got Henna tattoos, but I ran out of time to get one. We also stayed at this lovely tea station town in the mountains called Munnar - think beautiful rolling hills of tea farms and lots of nice tea and spice smells.


My Diana Mini travelled with me. The photos posted here are my own, be nice its my first time using my Diana - I really should of tried it out before I travelled. The first is cows on the beach, yes cows where everywhere and dogs and monkeys!

Well this post is MASSIVE and I still have so many stories to tell (but I wont bore you all with travel stories). Im glad I finally got to experience India for myself and at times it was hard and overwhelming but mostly I really enjoyed it.

Hope your all well, and Ill be back to regular posting from today.
x

61 comments:

  1. second pic is really cool..and eat pray love is one of my favorite books.

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  2. oh i love your photos!!! (and very happy you're back!)

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  3. (: wow sounds amazing. do they speak english there?

    and i was confused. what did the scammists try to do?

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  4. Hi Liss!
    Wow! Looks like you had a really challenging and fantastic trip. Your photos are lovely. Very evocative and dreamy. Welcome home!
    x

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  5. @i ~ yes most speak english but not very well. Oh with the scam we were tricked into thinking we couldnt catch a train and sold a driver at 4 times the price. We paid about $500 for 3 days when it should of only been around $120.

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  6. love the cow's on the sand. glad to hear you enjoyed your trip, i can imagine it would have been intense and great :)

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  7. i totally want to go. i love love love india!

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  8. WOW WOW WOW!! how amazing!! it looks so interesting!!! i should try it myself one day! :)

    http://misspennylane-valeria.blogspot.com

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  9. Looks like you had a great time Liss.

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  10. india sounds kinda cool :) sorry to hear about the whole scamming thing though!

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  11. gosh I cannot believe you are finally back! I have been thinking of you every time I read the guest posts!!

    So glad you had a good time. I expected it would be overwhelming, such a big and brave thing to do really.

    The photos are wonderful. I love love love them xx

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  12. I really like your diana pics, I hope they turned out the way you wanted them to. And please share more of your adventure, sounds transformative!

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  13. I was given Holy Cow for Christmas. I should get on that! lol Sigh. India is on my list...but after Greece.

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  14. Oh that was so interesting...what to look out for. Look forward to more.

    My father in law was in India for some weeks helping to build a girls orphanage, he said the same ~ that it changes you.

    xx DJ
    ps ..I like your pic's.

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  15. Wow it sounds like youhad an amazing experience, India is defintly somewhere i want to travel. You're photos are lovely, i've actually been looking at getting diana mini.
    I'd love to here more of your stories!
    Pearl xo

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  16. How exciting! It sounds like you had a lovely trip (despite the scammers..)
    Your photos have turned out wonderfully! I think I might look into purchasing a diana mini before I head overseas!
    xx

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  17. thks for amazing pictures.
    www.whatdialike.com

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  18. I am so very jealous. Your pictures are lovely and your travels sound wonderful.

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  19. These photos are amazing. The multiple exposure one turned out really well. Loved reading about your experiences, and would really enjoy reading more about your travels :)

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  20. Liss,

    Welcome back :) Nice to know you've made it home with so many wonderful stories and some really nice shots too! It's a bit harder to use film cameras, but once you get used to it, you will never let it go.

    Isadora ♥

    http://fantastiquememoiresfromtheouterspace.blogspot.com/

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  21. Adorable photos!! I love the effect on the third one!
    xxx
    Giovanna
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    www.bohomarket.blogspot.com

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  22. can't wait to read more about your adventure!

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  23. that was such a nice post and i really like the photos! welcome back and pls post some more info about your trip!

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  24. Ohhh!!!!!!!! I love the blury effect of those photos...

    its sooo beautiful and dreamy...

    (Miss u!!)

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  25. Wow...sounds like you had an amazing trip....ya its India..weird and friendly.... and so full of colours!!

    You went to munnar....thats an amzing place...i am longing to go there for a long time.... :)

    Come back soon!!

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  26. The photos look great, so stop beating yourself up!
    India is an amazing (that really isn't an adequate word) place isn't it?

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  27. Welcome back! Your photos are beautiful and I look forward to seeing more of them.

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  28. Welcome back!

    www.floddertjeblog.blogspot.com

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  29. Really beautiful photos! Welcome back!
    xn
    www.raggedmag.com

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  30. Sounds like you had a great time...I went to Sri Lanka when I was little, It was very beautiful and hills filled with tea plants, such an amazing sight. It can be quite overwhelming though, but great experience none the less.I think your first try at Diana Mini turned out okay, did you switch between halfframe and square? I'm curious to see more and what they would look like when you'd scan the negatives in...

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  31. wow, it sounds like you had an amazing time.
    it's crazy when you just get thrown into a new culture with all the sights and sounds and the people.
    your experience at the train station reminded me of my trip from cairo to luxor by train last year (10 hours - yikes!) and when we stepped out at the station, there were so many cab drivers trying to grab our bags and get us into their taxis. it was just their way to make sure they got business over all the other cabbies waiting but it was very intimidating! luckily, we were in a tour group and our guide was egyptian and told them in no uncertain terms to go away. i'm not sure how we would have coped if we had been on our own! xx

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  32. welcome back, glad you've arrived safely!!! lovely LOVELY photos you should take more photos liss and share with us! thanks for having me guest posting, i got a lot of hits on my blog because of you. look fwd to see and hear more of your india stories, you won't bore me for sure! hugs x

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  33. @See Hear Say ~ no no thank you for the lovely posts, they were perfecto !

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  34. wow!! very nice pics :) best experience....
    http://anotherwomanbyrose.blogspot.com/

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  35. love the 3rd picture xoxo

    www.indiebow.blogspot.com

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  36. Welcome home.. Dont worry bout our pictures.. theyre wonderful.. i just bought a dianaMINI myself so im happy to see that a first time user can make so nice pictures.!! cant wait to hea more bout india

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  37. your travel stories totally aren't boring! please share more about your trip, it sounds very interesting.

    Julia

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  38. oh also, i got a diana mini for my birthday and i have yet to get the first roll of film developed, i'm so nervous! yours look great though :)

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  39. Oh wow, I'm glad you had such a good time -
    I went to India last summer and went to Kerala and Munnar too, they really are so beautiful! I loved it there.
    India is such an exciting place, and you definitely feel changed once you go back home!
    And your photos are great too :)

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  40. Absolutely fantastic pictures.
    looks a great trip

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  41. welcome home! :-) Love your photos - ethereal and misty :-)

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  42. i've never seen photos of india like this - really beautiful stuff - thanks for sharing

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  43. Oh how I love your blog and pictures :) Let's be friends!! xx

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  44. Sounds like a fabulous trip! I love India and visit at least a few times a year :)

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  45. I'm absolutely DYING to go to India! Lucky gal, you.

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  46. I love this! So pretty. I also just got a Diana Mini and am still trying to figure out how to take non-dark pictures inside. Any suggestions?

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  47. i had the exact same situation in new delhi train station. only we made the driver turn around once we saw that trains and buses were operating. but after that, an amazing adventure unfolded. it is an incredible country. and your lovely images complement your thoughts beautifully.

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  48. Are you kidding?! Please, post more about India! I am so envious of your travels and am living vicariously through you!

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  49. I rather love these shots you took of your trip with your new Diana Mini. If you hadn't even mentioned that it was your first time using it, I wouldn't even know. The dreaminess of the photos as well as reading about you travels makes me feel like I'm looking at a capture of a flashback. You must show & tell more about your trip! I really hope to visit India some day. Was it very hot? That's probably the only thing that deters me.

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  50. Wow what an incredible trip! Can't wait to see more of your photos.

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  51. amazing pics! Im from India...and I love how you've described all your experiences here. xo.

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  52. I think the Diana Mini is actually pretty tricky! My normal sized Diana is much easier to get good shots with. You did great!

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  53. Loved your tips! In Nepal for my last year of work and will definitely go to India before we go home to Australia. I will remember to avoid the train station scammers!

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  54. I love your photos! Lovely guest posts while you were gone but also good to have you back. I hope you do share lots of travel stories. :)

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  55. What an amazing trip! Your photos are beautiful

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  56. Welcome back! The guest posts have been wonderful, but you have been missed my dear! Glad that you had a wonderful time and the photos are really good! I hope that we get to see more photos and hear more tales of your travels xxx

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  57. Fantastic, I'm obscenely jealous!

    Please 'bore' us with more story's!

    Kelsi (aka Stylesmith)

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  58. amazing. cows on the beach?! i am dying to hear more!!
    xo
    amy

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  59. Looks Out of this World
    Really Want to go ................ Bet it was an amazing experience

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