The absent city

Travelling by train in Myanmar is a unique experience. The landscape changes slowly outside the window, some travellers sleep leaning on the bench, someone sellers try to convince them to buy last packets of prawn crisps, beer and mango salads. The trip is accompanied by the metallic sounds of the train, randomly interrupted by the speaker’s announcements. I was enchanted by the atmosphere, when I realized it was the time...

Land of contrasts – part 4 (and the last one!)

15 – Looking for the trousers Already after a one hour walk in the streets of Jaipur I was tired. I wanted to buy the trousers and the blouse suitable for indian weather, as the majority of clothes I had were good for trekking, but not really for city life. I decided to do a quick shopping and to look for a place in which I could hide from the...

The land of contrasts – part 3

10 – The family „Och! Look! The sky got cloudy! What a lovely whether! Let’s go to the beach!” – weird I though. I always considered the perfect weather for the beach was the sunny one. As it occurred – not in India. If it is cloudy just for a second everybody gets excited, takes towels, dinghies and goes sunbathing. I realized soon why – the sun is just unbearable....

The land of contrasts – part 2

5 – The wedding I was so excited! I took a shower and put on my indian dress on. Makeup, perfumes and I am good to go. The heat was just unbearable… Far away from the distance I heard the drums! „It is starting now” – my friend remarked – „Are you ready?”. Of course I was ready! I took my camera and off we went. The people were gathering...

The land of contrasts

The scent of cardamom and chilli in the air. Dogs sleeping on the streets and cows slowly strolling around. The smell of urine combined with perfumes and champa flowers delicate aroma. The poor and the rich. Hindus, muslims and christians all living together – holy tree next to the mosque and the church on the opposite site of the road. Bars in the train. Slums. Silver limousine speeding through Mumbai’s...