Monday, 9 April 2012

Long time no see + pic spam of my India trip! (part 1)

Hi all, it's really been a long time since I've posted, hasn't it? I've just returned from a two week trip to India and beforehand, I hadn't had a lot of time to myself and the time that I did had, I just spent relaxing.

It was quite a stressy time cause I didn't know what to expect with this trip, but obviously it was completely different to what I expected. To give you all a bit of background info, it was part of this youth exchange that a Luxembourgish NGO has been doing (not their first, I believe) and 5 Indian youths, all coming from villages or slums, visited Luxembourg in October (I believe I may have briefly mentioned it) and so in March, it was our turn to go to India and visit various NGOs that AEI (the Luxembourgish one) are partnering with. It was a once in a lifetime experience, as we had the opportunity to stay in the villages of the teenagers who visited Luxembourg and seeing how they live was definitely something new to me.

Instead of rambling on, I figured I would just post pictures and explain as I go along. Just for background info, we visited the states Maharashtra and Karnataka. Also, there is nothing relevant to makeup here, but this blog also is a bit about my life, so I figured I'd post anyway :) I have way too many photos for one post, so I'll be doing this in parts. I hope you all enjoy and if it's boring, please don't hesitate in letting me know!

This was the sunset when we were on our way to Mumbai, I think we were flying over Turkey at this point, I'm not sure though. Anyway I love sunsets so this had to go in the post.

 We were staying in a hostel called the YMCA in Bombay so we couldn't resist posing ;)

 This is the washing centre in Bombay and we were lucky enough to have a tour through it. It was really interesting to see the system in how they do it, although I'll admit I felt so uncomfortable at how some of the men were looking at me.

We got to go in the Taj Mahal Palace and have a look around (and my god, AC has never felt so lovely before to me) and I couldn't resist getting my picture taken inside :)

This here is the most expensive house in the world and we drove past it (and managed to get a decent photo of it) and it's just so bizarre to see this expensive building in a neighbourhood surrounded by poverty.
I just took a picture of this man cause it looked so funny to see people from the back of their vans just standing there. I wish I could have taken a picture of lots of people all together in a van but I didn't get the opportunity.

This is in Pune now and we'd been to a shop to buy some Indian clothes and this is the outfit I bought. I didn't buy a sari as I figured I'd never wear it back here but the tunic or the trousers I could wear individually so it was more practical to buy them (although the trousers, size M, are HUUUGE on me, which is quite funny).
This is the traffic that you can see out of our window in the hostel we stayed in. I was fascinated by the Indian traffic cause it's so noisy and insane and alltogether, quite the experience.
This is Rohini, one of the teenagers who came to Luxembourg in October. We later on went and stayed in her house in her village although this picture was taken in a restaurant in Pune as we met the Ambassador for Luxembourg whilst in Pune and we all went to dinner.
This is the next evening in the village (unfortunately I can't remember any of the names of the villages, only the cities they were close to).We (me and two other girls) didn't stay in this house, as we were with Rohini, but the adults travelling with us stayed here. My friend Anna borrowed my camera to take pictures of the women whilst they were preparing the food in the kitchen.

The next day, after staying in the village in Rohini's house we came back to the house where the adults stayed and they had a tumeric plantation and so they showed us around it. (This being a tumeric root before they create the powder).

I think this is enough for today as I'm still relatively tired but I hope you all like this and let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know :)

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