India: Colorful Details

India was beautiful in too many ways to count. The culture, the people, the colors, the hospitality etc. Below are a series of photos that captured some of the smaller details along my journey. Each photo comes with a beautiful story that I will now never forget.

Lessons learned on my trip:

  • Don't leave your passport in your safe (4 hours driving down the road I realized I had forgotten it and we had to turn back so our 4 hour drive became a 13 hour drive and the roads in India can be bad in spots, the constant honking of the horns and weaving in and out of traffic made for a very, very long day!)
  • Bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer with you where ever you go
  • Only drink bottled water with a sealed bottle cap (always check it!)
  • Pepto-Bismol was my very best friend! (everything made me a bit sick so the pepto was amazing to have on hand!)
  • Bring bug spray and itch cream because after some 36 bites your body feels like it is on fire! My body is still on fire and some of the bites are weeks old at this point! Yikes!
  • Journal along the journey. I saw so many beautiful monuments that it is easy to forget them if you don't make a mental note.
  • Make sure you don't leave your camera sim card in your laptop when you head out to site see! It may or may not have happened when we visited Lodi Gardens.... shame! ;)
  • Roll with the punches! I certainly did on the trip and it is a must when you are in a developing country you have never visited and traveling with other people. Life is too short to get your undies in a bunch. Just chill!
  • DO NOT EAT THE TOMATO BASIL SOUP! Put me in bed for 4 days.
  • Take antibiotics in case your stomach hates you after you eat the tomato soup!
  • Melatonin is your best friend and helps you sleep sweet dreams at night when your body wants to party at 2am!
  • Be open! Take it all in and try to experience anything that comes your way. You may never get to go back so soak it up and live a little on the wild side!
  • Drink tons of water (your body needs more than you think when you are traveling!)
  • Download "whatsapp" so you can stay in touch with your loved ones!
  • Don't think you will be able to get too much done. Wireless can be spotty and it's just the way it is. I looked at it as a way to pause and be more present.
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Must's to pack:

  • Hand saniter
  • Baby wipes
  • Flip flops
  • Toilet paper
  • Journal
  • Sunscreen
  • Pepto-Bismal
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (yikes!)
  • Benefiber
  • Balance bars/granola bars
  • Pen (for some reason I could never find one when I needed one!)
  • Camera sim card (maybe an extra one!)
  • Bug spray
  • Itch cream (post all the bites!)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Melatonin (anything to help you sleep!) I also had eucalyptus oil to put on my pillow!
  • Purse that can put over your body and hold close (smaller the better!)
  • Don't bring anything of value (it's just not worth it!)
  • Lock of suitcase once you arrive in country

I will add to this list as things come up!