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Jaime Alcaraz
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Embrace life...it only happens once.
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Hmmmmm....maybe a cure soon??

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Truth be told, i cant take credit for this....google+ did it for me .. :)

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Women not allowed to enter stadiums in Iran...sigh....nice.

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Hope everyone is well....thinking of you all....Thought i might try something different....See the captions on the pics themselves for a description....and i"ll post some more soon!!!!! :) xoxoxoxox
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INDIA-MARCH 2014-Pushkar & completion of Rajasthan to Mumbai
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More quick phone pics... of Udaipur, Mumbai, (there's even one stolen pic of our soiree as movie extras on the Bollywood set of "Happy New Year"!)...local trains, various bus trips and stops...harbours, art galleries, cooking classes and the lovely women I was enjoying the learning experience with...sweet indian faces and sweet indian bites....bright colours and sunshine...all unforgettable memories...
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15/06/2014
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Just a few phone pics of Goa....beautiful beaches, food, sunsets, sunrises, people, places, adorable and heartwarming "pets" we adopted while living in our fabulous family's spectacular guesthouse etc etc etc...spent almost 6 weeks there... and it was a place where it felt more like we lived than we visited...for a variety of reasons...but those reasons would require the telling of stories too long to explain here....suffice it to say that Goa - as much for the people we met and the extraordinarily memorable connections we made, as it was for the lovely scenery and location itself - was very special....Goa: so much more than time-warped hippies, sand and surf....
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15/06/2014
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OMG.....it's not even noon yet...............

The Wizard of Oz: Reloaded...."I'm meeeeellllttttiiinnngggg!!!!!!" :)

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WOW WOW WOW.... Never in my life have I felt heat like this before.....3pm in the afternoon: feels like FIFTY FIVE....and no real relief in the evening either, as you can see....all local news stations are reporting a heatwave, for INDIA...the forecast is basically this for the next MONTH...and the humidity is relentless since monsoon season is approaching....i must admit, it really has been something extraordinary to experience.... very interesting having been able to feel both ends of the extreme weather spectrum.... from Siberia and Mongolia in the dead of winter, to here....though, since i have lived it, what now??....Well, off to the "cooler" temperatures of Thailand and Malaysia, then!... Coincidentally, the tourist visa for India is expiring, anyways.. :) In any event, a huge hello with love and kisses to all....missing and thinking of everyone so often....More soon, much much more... PROMISE! Xoxoxoxxooxoxoxox
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10/06/2014
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Thumbs up to Jaipur's beautiful people, architecture, sweets (!!), flowers, bangles, smiles....and so so much more....tho I must say that I will most likely remember the "Pink City" most for having seen, for the first time, the vast and vibrant array of powder being sold at every corner in order to celebrate and embrace the enthusiasm of Holi: the massive, India-wide, festival of colour....truly lovely and remarkable....

We were lucky enough to have actually joined in the festivities of Holi in the streets of Ranthambhore (pics to follow of us completely COVERED in coloured powder!! haha!)....Such great fun that was, such warm and excited people we met...danced with....celebrated...laughed...and just basically partied the afternoon away with....as always, music and good will unties us all...and that day was no exception.... :)

Which was fortunate, since enjoying Holi at least made our visit to Ranthambhore SOMEWHAT worth it...yes, you read right, somewhat....How to explain quickly, and well enough for it to make sense...ok, let me try....

Unfortunately for us, we were slightly disappointed with the city....only because its main attraction - their national park and tiger "reserve" or "sanctuary" - turned out to be a complete FARCE....I'll let the pictures tell the actual story, with a brief proviso: if you look carefully at my photos of the "sleeping" tiger, you"ll quickly notice that there is an actual NET in front of his face (!!)...sigh....we later asked, and had basically confirmed by our guide/driver that the park, sadly, tranquilizes their tigers in order to have tourists feel their photo op safari was a successful one....they then drag them to places convenient for hundreds of people in jeeps and trucks to snap "nature" photos of them....true, we did see Indian deer, peacocks, monkeys, crocs, turtles, countless lovely birds, a snake or two, etc etc etc....but the main attraction was, I believe, simply a pitiful display of trickery and greed....though of course I do freely admit that this statement is only my humble (and admittedly avid animal-lover's) opinion....

What to say...except....In short, semi-thumbs down to Ranthambhore....well, at least to the National Park, that is....will be sending these same pics to PETA...and Lonely Planet (why would they recommend such a horrid place? Hmmm, aren't they supposed to triple-check things like this first?)...hey, me sending these photos may very well be to no avail.... but I have to at least TRY to have someone in a position of authority speak for these beautiful creatures....

India's famous tiger "reserve"...PFFFFFFF.....

In any event....still a great experience overall....and more (uplifting and fun) photos of the next cities to come soon... hugs and kisses to all!!! :)
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2014-04-09
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Wow, what to say...traded the madness of Delhi for the unique diversity of the state of Rajasthan....including bazaars filled with people dying fabric and selling vibrantly coloured powder used only to throw on everyone in celebration of the "Festival of Colours", or "Holi"....to the Taj at sunset and sunrise...(though technically late for the actual sunrise, oh well)....to infamous and incredibly tasting 24hr-cooked food & magically stuffed nan at Karim's....to the glorious gardens of the "Baby Taj"...to the Indian version of Cavalia....it's been a bit of a blur...and this is only Agra and Jaipur!!! :) More on the next cities soon....
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2014-03-20
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