Thursday, December 31, 2009
The lotus is a symbol of many things, but the essence is that it symbolizes beauty that can rise out of ugliness. These flowers were growing in a ditch filled with filthy water next to a gas station where our driver refueled.
"Bibi" now on vacation in India wishes you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Monday, December 28, 2009
The Bay of Bengal for the most part is really choppy, so few people go swimming where the water is so rough, so activities are welcome diversions.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Today we walked through our friend's local neighborhood, and I am soooo enchanted with India...
Monday, December 21, 2009
I am going to try to post pretty much live. I've never missed a post, but it may be a bit hard now with sporadic Internet connection...
This post is for Bob of Saint Louis Daily Photo, who traveled to India and Tibet a while back. Tibet's where I'd really like to go (next time, or in another life...), but I am really happy anyway to be going to India. My friend and I will be visiting a Tibetan settlement, and that's about as close as I'll get...hope to find another Buddha for my collection.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
An extra plus this year is that after 20 years, Serbs will again be able to travel visa-free through European Countries starting today! Thank you, Saint Nikola....
On the table above, you can see one of my three pots of beans I made for guests. Behind the pot stand jars of pickles, olives, ajvar , and tins of tuna, all fat-free fare. No meat in the beans either, and we've ordered baked fish.
Read more about this holiday on last year's post.
Friday, December 18, 2009
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Anyway, looks like the accordionist stepped out for a bit. Trusting fellow, leaving his instrument behind.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tomorrow something else from my apartment, or else a photo taken before my germs moved in.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
This post is for James' Weekend Reflections, so pop on over and see who else has posted reflections.
Friday, December 11, 2009
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Belgrade is not unsafe!! Although I've staged a hold-up here with two pairs of salt and pepper shakers and a tiny toy gun, Belgrade is a surprisingly safe city, both for its inhabitants and visitors. In all my time here, I have never been aggressed in any way, aside of course from being sworn at by drivers who feel they own the entire road.
It would be untrue if I told you there was no crime at all, but on a daily basis, most Belgradians and foreigners feel the city streets are safe. If you click here, you can read several opinions supporting this claim.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
He made his first escape in 1988. Radio stations updated live on attempts to capture him, while hundreds of citizens rallied to support Sami in his fight for freedom. You can read more about him here at Belgraded.
In this photo you can see that Sami still manages to entertain visitors to the zoo.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I also admire their not wearing any kind of protection on their clothes nor masks to protection them from fumes.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
It's actually an ex-pat gargoyle, purchased at Gargoyles Statuary in the U. District. I'd forgotten that he had been hanging out on my porch railing....
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Thursday, December 3, 2009
This is one of several cassowaries that live in the zoo. It is indeed a strange -looking bird. Cassowaries are large flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, and northeastern Australia. The Southern Cassowary is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu. Theories about the purpose of the strange 'casque' on their beaks include sexual attraction, a tool for battering through brush, and to enhance their deep communication calls.
"Cassowaries are very shy," says Wikipedia, "but when disturbed, they are capable of inflicting serious injuries to dogs and children."
And to curious adults, I do not know. This one was safely behind thick glass.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Naturally, since I was in bed with my camera, I had to respond.... Too much of a good thing?
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
On second thought, maybe they aren't really waiting. Here's what one reader commented under my last year's photo:
"These guys "live" just up the road from me and despite their ragged appearance they seem to have food, booze and plenty of company. I suspect they are members of the voluntary street people, the type who run away from hostels and government accommodation because they prefer the streets. In London it is because the hostels are so often violent and otherwise dangerous places. One of these guys has the most incredible gravelly voice, it really is a marvel to hear. Every now and again I see that they get a new mattress, I suspect they are donated by neighbours.. .."
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It was 11 a.m. This man had just finished a glass of white wine and an espresso, and now took to his phone. And I to my camera. (I did NO...