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インドを旅行中の次男からの写真です。ご一緒に楽しんでいただけたらと思います。

The most expensive private residence in the world worth 1 billion dollars inhabited by a family of 7 persons with around 350 workers. Mumbai is a city of contrasts…
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Security outside the residence. Soldiers and armored vehicles…
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Mumbai – Dharavi Slums

Having done the tour, my definition of a slum completely changed, at least for the Dharavi one. Dharavi can be split into 2 areas, business and residential.

Business thrives in Dharavi and according to the guide the business generated out of it is worth millions of dollars! Examples of business are plastic and metal recycling, textile production linked to leather and other materials. Despite the high business activity the working conditions are not exactly great. People work long shifts, 12 to 14 hrs under dangerous conditions.

The residential area. The first thing you need to know is that 1 million persons live in 2 square kilometers! Having seen where they live I now understand how this is possible. The streets between the houses are extremely narrow and the access to the multi story residences are via a ladder and not stairs. Hygene is not always the best. However this is not the full story as this applies only to part of Dharavi. There are areas, where the first residences were first built, that are spacious, clean and charming with doctors and lawyers living there. Apparently some of the houses are valued at 1 million dollars! This is due to its strategic location, the airport being near and being in the center of Mumbai.

Another particularity of the slum is the way it is grouped. It is not by class/cast, religion or race but by language. The linguistic clusters are hindi, marathi and tamil. Integration takes place between the different communities so long as you speak the language. There are around 6 public schools where the residents can access freely. Part of the tour was to visit one of them.


Entrance to the slum area. No photos are allowed inside out of respect.
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Our guide Javi giving us a “class” in one of the public schools.
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Goa – Bird Sanctuary

Pretty mangroves but as I arrived late in the afternoon I saw very little wildlife. Normally at the right time and month you can see migrating birds.

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Mumbai – Royal Enfield Rider Mania 2018 Event
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by gyuopera | 2019-01-09 08:43 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)

次男のインド旅行32 Goa

6か月のサバティカル休暇を取ってインドを旅行している次男からの写真です。
一緒に楽しんでいただければと思います。

しばらく連絡がなかったので心配していましたが、元気そうで安心しました。

Interesting phenomena in Goa is how the visitors concentrate in specific geographical areas. In the north around Arambol you have Russians, Vagator you have the Indians, Anjuna and below Vasco da Gama the Europeans. In the area of Arambol I was amazed how all signs were written in Russian and the bar waiters spoke perfect Russian (or so it sounded to me). Incredible!
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Vagator beach
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Goan sunset
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Diwali decorations.

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During Diwali they hang these paper lanterns. I understood that they organise every year a lantern competition.
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Spice Plantation

The visit to the spice plantation was a great highlight. Seeing the spices used in Indian cooking in its natural habitat was very educational especially if you are a city boy like me.

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Food

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I will always remember this place for its delicious sandwich and the honesty of the owner. After finishing the meal, I paid the bill and the owner did not have any change so I told him that it was not an issue and he could keep it as we had enjoyed so much the meal (we are talking of 30 rupees = 38 cents). However he insisted and asked me where I was staying and whether I would be around tomorrow. I told him that we would be leaving tomorrow so probably not. Next morning, having forgotten about the whole thing, as we were walking from the guest house towards the bus stop, the owner out of nowhere arrived with his scooter, greeted me and gave me the 30 rupees! I was blown away by the genuineness and honesty of this man!
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by gyuopera | 2019-01-08 06:29 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)
インドを旅行中の次男からの写真です。ご一緒に楽しんでいただけたらと思います。

Hampi – “Hippie Island”
 Behold the mighty elephant!
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The monopoly river crossing service.
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View of temple from Hippie island.
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Caught them in the middle of the crime
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My first dip in India!
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Hampi – Vijaya Vittala Temple
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Lotus Mahal. Buildings located around the royal enclosure.
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Elephant stable. Once upon a time there were elephants in each of the enclosing.

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Hampi – Mathanga Hill
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by gyuopera | 2018-12-14 09:15 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)
インドを旅行している次男からの写真です。ご一緒に楽しんでいただければと思います。
I have mixed opinions about Hyderabad. It is a city with sharp contrasts between the different quarters. In some quarters you feel as though you are in a metropolis and in some others the complete opposite and had a vibe that tourists were not really welcome. Perhaps if I would have stayed longer I would have changed my mind. However, when it came to the Biryani, it’s a different story. I have had a few Biryani’s since I came to India but the one I had there was by far the best chicken and vegetable Biryani! I had never had so much rice in one go!

Hyderabad
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Biryani! Check out those portions! Breakfast, lunch and dinner served in one go.
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Hampi – Streets
Sri Virupaksha temple
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I think its a public toilet…
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Queen’s bath. Water used to be pumped into this building and judging by the name I assume people bathed in it.
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My first elephant! Managed to visit the temple for free at night time.
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Food
 Breakfast Hampi style!
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Paneer curry.
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Giant samosa on the left.
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Thalis.
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by gyuopera | 2018-12-13 08:54 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)

マドリード14 街歩き

マドリード旅行のご報告が途切れ途切れになってすみません。
とにかくあまりたくさんミュージアムを回ったので、その写真だけでも大変な数…

今回は街の様子。
ホテルが王宮の近くでしたから、あたりもきれいでした。
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素敵なメリーゴーラウンドがありました。
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素敵な建物がいっぱいです。
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交通渋滞はバルセロナよりかなりひどい。
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地下鉄も乗りました。はじめはちょっと戸惑いましたが、慣れると簡単でした。
しかしバルセロナのほうがずっと楽!車内の表示もわかりにくい。
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レストランを探すときは、にぎやかな表通りから一本入った、または曲がって入るような通りの、昔からあるセルベセリアやバールを探します。そういうところは安くておいしい。
ロマンティシズム美術館のあと、こんなガリシア料理のレストランに入りました。
一杯飲みに来る男性が多い。
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疲れていたので、テーブルに座りましたが、座っているのは私だけ。
ガリシア風タコ料理が食べたくて。でもものすごい量で、食べきれなかったので、お持ち帰りをしました。パンだって、こんな大きなのがド~ンと。
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これはレストランのサービス。アサリのサフラン煮
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最後の日はトルコ料理のドゥルムを買って食べました。
お店の外の街頭芸人が見えました。
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by gyuopera | 2018-12-08 07:10 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)
インドを旅行中の次男からの写真です。ご一緒に楽しんでいただけたらと思います。

Daulatabad Fort

Minaret.
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The reward after the stress and effort to get to the top.
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Ajanta Caves
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Some of the caves are unfinished such as the one above.

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Bibi Ka Maqbara (Baby Taj Mahal)

I am sure if people didn’t pay attention or never been to the Taj Mahal they would not be able to tell the difference.
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Playing with shadows…
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Transport
So far catching a bus was sort of straight forward but this one was a real challenge. We had to catch the bus in the middle of the motorway at night time. No bus stand, no sign, nothing. Luckily on this particular occasion the bus gps coordinates were being sent to us live. We managed to wave the bus when it approached but based on the reaction of the bus manager it seemed that they had not planned to stop there in the first place…
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Local bus ride to Ajanta and back. By far the most bumpy and adventurous ride I have been on. At some point during the journey the bus hit a bump so hard that anybody who was asleep woke up in absolute fear and those who were awake felt their internal organs coming out of their mouths.

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Food

The most luxurious Thalis in India and all you can eat! But boy was it spicy hot!

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Chicken tandoori and a vegetarian skewer of some sort…
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by gyuopera | 2018-12-06 08:39 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)
インドを旅行している次男からの写真です。ご一緒に楽しんでいただければと思います。

When I hear the town name Aurangabad my mind conjures images of cave temples. Next to the town are 2 world famous Unesco temple caves Ajanta and Ellora. They hold some of the most beautiful Jain, Hindu and Buddhist temples I have ever seen. I lack far too much knowledge to begin to appreciate the historical and religious value of these caves but boy I appreciate their beauty, workmanship and religious importance. I believe each cave was carved by hand so I can imagine the effort and time it took!

If I had to pick one of the 2 caves my choice would be Ellora just because of the surroundings. The caves are away from urban areas and surrounded by beautiful nature which for me adds to its spirituality. A must see if you are in the area!

The trip to Aurangabad was hectic. After an adventurous hitch hiking of the night bus in Mumbai we arrived at 6 am at the hotel. The owner was kind enough to allow us to check-in at no extra cost. Really appreciated it as we were able to rest for a few hours before going straight into site seeing mode and heading to the Ellora caves. If that was not enough for a day, we further added the visit to the Daulatabad fort and to try to catch the sunset. As it usually goes with sunsets it was a race against time. First we nearly were not allowed to buy tickets as it was close to closing and second, once we had actually approached the top of the castle security tried stopping us from going further as it was nearly closing time. However with a few smiles and pleas they let us through and we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset!

町の様子

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One could say its a scene off a series of David Attenborough!
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Ellora Caves
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Temples carved in the rock. Super cool!
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Very atmospheric place.
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Ongoing refurbishment.
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by gyuopera | 2018-12-03 08:09 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)
インドを旅行している次男からの写真です。ご一緒に楽しんでいただけたらと思います。

Kolkata to Mumbai = 2053 km. It was clear that I would not be taking a bus or train to get there so I decided to take my first flight. I was really looking forward to getting there is I was going to be meeting my girl friend who had come to visit me all the way from Belgium and share the crazy adventure for a few weeks! Given the limited time we defined an itinerary around the center of India, that would loop back to Mumbai but would be diverse.

Our first stay in Mumbai was therefore brief but we got a good taster of it. Mumbai is seriously big and populous! 20 million persons officially and if you count the additional people who are not registered, many of whom live in the slums, it probably adds up to more. It is also a city of extreme opposites, from billionaires to peasants, from calm to chaos, from traditional India to colonial architecture…

A highlight for me was the Tuk tuks. Physically they look exactly the same as other towns in the north but… what’s different is that they actually use their meter! Wow, so unexpected. My previous experience is that it is there for decorative purposes. So, no more haggling with Tuk tuks! Hurray!

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Gateway of India
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Colonial buildings
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Not sure I would want to feed those pigeons…
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Children playing ball in the streets
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Fruit market
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Did I already mention that Mumbai is crowded?

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Not sure what that black stuff is. I think it was some sort of starchy vegetable…
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by gyuopera | 2018-12-02 07:58 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)
半年のサバティカル休暇を取ってインドを旅行している次男からの写真です。ご一緒に楽しんでいただければと思います。

After a few cool days up in the mountains in Darjeeling, my next destination was Kolkata, a scorching hot metropolis where the iconic Ambassador car taxis are rushing left to right.

One of my favorite moments was my visit to the fruit market. The energetic vibe of the vendors and the large amount of fruits being hauled from all directions and all with the constant fragrance of sweet fruit in the air. What I really enjoyed though was that for the first time since my trip, I had people who genuinely wanted me to take pictures of them and wanted nothing in exchange. I will always remember their smiles 🙂

My second favorite memory will be the people I met in the hostel. Gabriel from France who made a mobile home out of his van with his skilled hands, a guy from Bangalore whose stories about his father and Pakistan plus tips of South India I will not forget, an american guy who read my future using tarot cards, a Columbian traveler who was 61 years old but had the spirit of a 30 year old… All in all good times!

町の様子

 People washing themselves probably to escape from the heat.

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The famous Ambassador taxi
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Fruit seller who after taking a picture asked me why I was not buying fruit from him.
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“Stylish” barber chairs
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Got to love that Ambassador
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Local buses. They drive like mad men!
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Howrah bridge

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Kolkata tram
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Fruit market. Loved the smiles from the guys! Bought some custard apples from them.
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One of my favorite pictures of that day.
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His friends forced him to be taken a picture. That’s why he did not face the camera
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Flower market

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Children playing cricket
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Another great moment. The kid is so photogenic!
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Food

Kathi roll from Nizam’s. Supposedly where the original one was first made.
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Custard apple and papaya.

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by gyuopera | 2018-12-01 07:31 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)
インドを旅行している次男からの写真のご紹介。一緒に楽しんでいただけたらと思います。

ダージリンで
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First cemetery in India.
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Washing of uniforms in house next to the football field
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Teacher’s private quarters. I bumped into Kiran while wondering around who then kindly offered to show me around. Hope to meet him again!
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My local barber 🙂 Got my moustache and beard trimmed.
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Toy Train

2 trains are running, one a diesel and the other a steam engine           

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The photo does not really show how tiny the seats are! Luckily I am not too big…
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Beautiful tea plantation landscape. The tea plantation visit was really interesting. Apparently there is white, green and black tea and they all come from the same plant but go through a different production process. Never knew…
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Darjeeling black tea! Really nice.
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Transport

My transport to get back to the train station.
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Food
Chinese buns
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Darjeeling black tea
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ヨーロッパランキング ジモモ バルセロナ
by gyuopera | 2018-11-29 09:04 | 旅行 viaje | Comments(0)

私と一緒にバルセロナを散歩しましょう Vamos a pasear conmigo en Barcelona!


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