Breakfast with Bedouins – Petra

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It was early. The kind of early that does not align well with vacation plans, even "vacations within a vacation" as I tended to describe this trip to be.  Only moments prior the sweet cacophony of the Adhan, a mainstay of Muslim countries, punctured the arid desert air of Wadi Musa and the surrounding valleys. With my cat like maneuvers honed … [Read more...]

Weekly Photo: Chowmahalla Palace – Hyderabad

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One of several palaces that used to house the Nizams of Hyderabad back in the day and how is used mostly as a tourist site and museum.  It was the official residence of the Nizams during their rule of Hyderabad up until they were exiled after Indian Independence.  It is believed to be modeled after the Shah’s palace in Iran.  If you … [Read more...]

Wandering in the Jungle – Andhra Pradesh

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“Time spent in India has a extraordinary effect on one. ” – Tahir Shah He clearly never spent much time at an Indian bus station, or perhaps that effect might be anger, frustration, or confusion.  I jest…sort of.  It’s 600am and we are wandering through the crowds of the city bus terminal in Hyderabad.  Buses, cars, rickshaws, carts … [Read more...]

Weekly Photo: Scammed at the Tanneries – Marrakech, Morocco

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You know scams happen to the best of us.  I wandered down to the Tanneries in Marrakech, Morocco and of course they said it is free to walk around.  You know you are going to have to pay something, it is definitely obvious.  They let you inside and I realized there was another group walking around but this one with a local tour guide.  I of course … [Read more...]

Indian Visa Process: BLS International

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I get a lot of emails for support on getting a Indian Visa, and a lot of notes about my difficulty from before.  So I figured I would try to pull together some tips and a guide for getting the Visa to help avoid some of the issues. These steps focus on a Tourist Visa applied for in USA, since that is where I have the experience.  I have not done … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Tomb in Petra, Jordan

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I’ve been working on another post about Petra.  I know, I know, if I’ve talked to you recently I’ve been working on it for a very long time.  Have you ever had that problem?  You start to write something down and for some reason it just doesn’t go in the direction that you want, or you can’t seem to be pleased or decide on the exact working you … [Read more...]