The past two weeks or so have been quite an interesting time for me. Mostly because I was in India.
Long story short, I got the chance to go to India for a friend's wedding. However, since most of the touristy attractions that are "must-see" in India are in the North (Rajastan, UP, and Delhi), along with some other friends, we took a five-day tour of the North, seeing Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi before heading down to Pune and Mahabaleshwar for the actual wedding. Following that, there were a few days in Mumbai before all of us left, me flying to Europe and the other friends I was with (well, except for the Indian friend) off towards Asia.
I can't lie, India was a bit of a challenging country: it was dirty in a lot of places, seeing the wild animals like cows and monkeys just wandering down the middle of the street was quite a shock, and some places were full of touts and sellers trying to separate foreigners from their money. Despite all of that, though, India was really quite amazing with a rich history and delicious food, and I like the fact that what we saw wasn't sanitized or glitzy. It was raw; it was real.
And the wedding itself was quite a fun and adventurous experience, especially the endless array of rituals and ceremonies to celebrate the uniting of my friend and his now wife. But what was coolest was all the color that you saw. Indian weddings are far from subdued: they're bright, colorful, fun, and crazy.
I think this trip's definitely done good things for my creativity and given me some inspiration for other things to do/work on. So hopefully there'll be new things you can see soon.
Listening to: Elan, Nightwish
Eating: Quality Schnitzel
Drinking: German Fanta