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April 18-22, 2016 Agra- Delhi- The Taj and the Train

We arrived in Agra, Uttar Pradesh mid-day after an unmemorable first class train ride. Agra is hot, dusty and busy. Our guest hotel was a large modern house decorated in that newly affluent style with lots of gold, velvet and led lights. Our first stop was the Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built in the mid […]

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Jaipur to Agra April 16-18 2016

We left for Jaipur at 5 am from  “Clean Station Jodhpur”. Even at that hour, the station was full of travellers camped out on the platforms. There were families with kids, saffron robed Hindu pilgrims and gurus, black clad moslem women, turbaned Sikh’s and all sort of people in dress that identified them in ways […]

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Rajasthan Part 2- Rama- Sweets and Camels Jodhpur – Jaipur

 Jodhpur ( जोधपुर)  is known as the Blue City. It is in northern Rajasthan on the edge of the Thar desert. We arrived late afternoon.  We left our van in the modern section and boarded moto-rickshaws for a raucous ride through narrow old city streets to the Singhvi haveli hotel. The family owned hotel was like an Escher drawing […]

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Rajasthan – Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh April 13-15 2016

Our first stop after Mumbai was Udaipur (उदयपुर), the capital of the kingdom of Mewar.  Instead of taking a 15 hour+ train ride we took a 1.5 hour flight on Indigo Airlines – a low-cost carrier that serves India’s growing middle class. The Indigo Jet was modern and the flight was on time. However, the rest of the experience […]

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Mumbai April 8-11 Slums High-rises and Lessons from A Taxi Driver

We left Hong Kong on a Cathay Pacific jet bound for Mumbai.  The view of the sunset lighting up the Hong Kong skyline and the mountains was beautiful after take off but we were less thrilled when it appeared again half an hour later on the other side of the airplane.  Sure enough the pilot announced […]

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Walk Gawk and Shop, Hong Kong -April 6-8 2016

Three hours after leaving the rain in Shanghai, our Dragonair flight landed in the newish airport in Hong Kong. The new airport is outside of the city so there was no white knuckled landing in between sky scrapers. In less than 30 minutes we were on a high speed train heading to our hotel in Kowloon.  From […]

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Live Your Dream – Shanghai April 6-8, 2016

The bunks next to ours on the overnight train to Shanghai were reserved by a young couple and their daughter.  Sensing an opportunity to finally get an upper bunk I used hand signals to offer to trade my lower bunk for their upper bunk. My offer was politely refused in English. This was the first sign that […]

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Emperors, Kebabs And The Cultural Revolution- Xian April 2,3 2016

The  huge waiting room in the Bejing train station was packed with travellers heading home for the ancestors holiday. Adults sat with bundles and sacks while kids made a game out of pushing each other on wheeled luggage. Eliot drowned out the noise with his iPod and I went exploring for food. The snacks available- duck tongues, and chinese dates […]

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Gucci, Mao & The Emperor- First 2 Days in China : March 31-April 1, Beijing

The JAL 787 from Tokyo to Haneda was half full and we ended up in business class. It was the most fun I had with an electric seat since my father z’l bought home a Buick Riviera in 1980.  Eliot was not amused. I think he was unhappy in the realization that the quiet orderliness of Japan was […]

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Nozawa Onsen & Tokyo March 27-31 2016

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