Category: travel

Kingdom of Morocco

By UrbanAnthropod, August 8, 2011 1:38 pm
Those who submit at Hassan II Mosque

Those who submit at Hassan II Mosque

Adorama had a sale on photobooks so I rushed to make a book from my recent trip to Morocco. Adorama offers importing from Flickr. This is realy convenient since the pictures don’t store locally per se. And the pictures I have a higher affinity towards are already uploaded online.

I’ve printed an Adorama photobook before …

Casablanca… not the movie

By UrbanAnthropod, July 14, 2011 2:02 pm
Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque

There’s one thing to be said about Royal Air Maroc and that is that I have not experienced such a flight in 10 years. These days, we expect in flight entertainment, especially for these transatlantic flights. I was worried when we boarded and there were mechanics running through the aisles. I sat next to an …

Hexagrams in India

By UrbanAnthropod, July 26, 2010 4:26 pm
Humayun\'s Tomb

Humayun\'s Tomb

The most noteworthy building of the Agra Fort complex is the palace for royal women, Jahangiri Mahal. The large doorway to the Mahal was adorned with mutltiple hexagrams. As a Gothamite coming across this Mughal structure, I immediately thought of the numerous synagogues I routinely walk past. While the building is of the typical Indo-Persian …

Colossal waste of time

By UrbanAnthropod, July 12, 2010 6:04 pm

After July 13 2010, passport fees will be increased. So I went out and had my passport pictures taken and filled out the form for renewal since I have only 4 months left on my current passport. The web sites say that one can go to the passport facilities, like various U.S. Post offices. So …

Gnomon Know-how

By UrbanAnthropod, June 21, 2010 1:15 pm
Half of the astrological predictor

Half of the astrological predictor

Celebrating Summer Solstice
What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than to celebrate various gnomons. While most will flock to ancient celestial calendar structures, like Stonehenge, there are more recent structures in the world that harness the Sun for time-keeping and astrological predictions. The sun and the moon have always played important roles when we …

Taming Thamel

By UrbanAnthropod, May 9, 2010 9:34 am
Choose your direction in Thamel

Choose your direction in Thamel

Now that I’ve gotten the political rambling out of the way…
Entering the tourist zone
Any tourist visiting Kathmandu is sure to know about Thamel. Some recommend staying clear of it, while others will tell you that it’s where the action is. Maybe there is an artificial quality to Thamel. As with any tourist district, it’s sure …

Nepal Maoists

By UrbanAnthropod, May 6, 2010 7:14 pm
May Day demonstration poster

May Day demonstration poster

May Day
When strolling through the Kathmandu Valley, I saw this poster many times. I asked the guide “What’s happening on May 1st?” to get a small chuckle. Fastforward to April 28th (3 days after leaving Kathmandu) and I got the answer.

In brief
Many Americans are content in their little bubble and have no idea what …

The Rush of Humayun’s Tomb

By UrbanAnthropod, May 5, 2010 8:14 am
Humayun's Tomb at dusk

Humayun's Tomb at dusk

Eclipsed by the Taj
Everyone knows about the Taj Mahal. Fewer know that it is in Agra, where the Mughal Empire moved their capital. The beauty of the marble structure is a testament to the romantic impetus underlying the erection of the building and surrounding complex. A mourning husband, Shah Jahan, commissioned the mausoleum when his …

Delhi Extremes

By UrbanAnthropod, May 2, 2010 1:04 pm
Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple

Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple

Delhi is a land of extremes. Generally, this statement probably holds true for the entire subcontinent. I only passed through Delhi. As mentioned before, there’s a major international airport there. Continuously inhabited since the 6th century, it has it’s share of history.

India as a whole had been unseasonably hot. Arriving in Delhi at …

Transit through India

By UrbanAnthropod, April 26, 2010 6:21 am
The transit room at Indira Gandhi International

The transit room at Indira Gandhi International

That pesky Visa issue
We’ve made it back to the U.S. Not only that, we’ve made it back with our checked luggage. As I’ve mentioned before, there were some issues regarding leaving India on a multiple entry visa and returning within a 2 month interval. On the flgiht to Kathmandu, when leaving Indira Gandhi International, …

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