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Postcard from Delhi

6 Sep

Greetings from India! I’m on a working vacation this week in textile paradise. In between stuffing my face with samosas and parathas, I spent a few hours yesterday wandering about the Qutb Minar complex.

It’s an amazing 12th century archeological site featuring the most amazing stone work I’ve ever seen. You’re not supposed to touch anything, but you can wander around at will and get up close to the various pillars, niches, and arches.

I’m hoping to use some of these motifs and textures in knitting patterns this winter.


Postcard from Sanya

11 May

Mark and I decided to do some “traditional” travel over the May Holiday, and booked ourselves a resort package on Hainan Island. We usually do more “adventure” travel and eat a lot of street food, so this trip was an interesting change.

We read a bunch of books, swam in the ocean, collected shells, ate grilled fish and veggies on the beach, and both came home with amazing sunburns. The key factor in the sunburn fiasco was failure on my part to read the directions on our sunblock – it was not waterproof, and had also probably already expired. Lesson learned.

In any case, it was a lovely lazy time and I think we’ll be doing more of this kind of thing in the future.

Postcard from Sydney

2 May

A couple of months ago, I went to Australia for the first time. It was a work trip, but I ended up with one day on my own to check things out – starting with an obligatory trip to see the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney’s gulls are a bit different from the American variety. Strangely, they sound an awful lot like the gulls from “Finding Nemo.”

I very much enjoyed Sydney’s architecture, including lots of older houses with stunning gingerbread trim.

There were also some lovely gardens and interesting plants. As the seasons are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere, you can see flower varieties associated with high summer in the dead of winter.

The other thing I did was to spend the afternoon at the Sydney aquarium. The creatures were really cool, but the aquarium was full of very excited (i.e. screaming) children and smelled like pee… Pee and popcorn. At least the occupants of the aquarium don’t have to smell the unique odor of the facility.

It was a lovely touristy day, and I’m thrilled to have gotten to see Sydney with someone else paying for the airfare.