"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Homeward Bound

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Our tour was over:
Ten days exploring the wondrous temples and palaces of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
We were now homeward bound.

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Our journey had spanned a small arc of the subcontinent, from the Arabian Sea to the Indian Ocean.


We had crossed the Western Ghats to watch wild elephants, then slowly ambled our way through the Deccan Plateau:
From modern beaches and ancient temples to British architectural fantasies and bland concrete hotels;
Bustling towns to ruined cities

We enjoyed meals in both grand restaurants and humble bamboo food-stalls.
Tea fuelled our road travels while cool beers soothed our evening stops.
We had explored and watched and wondered.
Our time spent in observation of people
At work, rest and at prayer.

Like life itself,
An amazing journey encompassing delight, despair and discovery.

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4 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    I shall miss this tour, I have enjoyed it thoroughly.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    • I am already wondering about the next expedition, in September..

      May 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  2. Your gift with both image and word has given us a unique view of this part of the world. Thank you for sharing your journey of the eye and heart.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    • It was my pleasure. Thank you for your company along the way!

      May 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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