FREE BIRD T.V.: Episode 5 (Rajasthan~Land of the Kings)

Here it is–our newest India-inspired video!  Joe and I combed through, trimmed, deleted, re-trimmed, arranged and re-arranged an hour and a half of footage to create this 5+ minute montage of our Rajasthan experience.

Hope you enjoy glimpsing the Land of the Kings–we LOVED our adventure there.


Crumbling Walls + Faded Paint: The Beauty’s in the Buildings

We’ve made it to Gokarna’s Om Beach–land of gold sand, stray dogs, wandering cows (Joe theorizes these are vacationing cows, taking a break from the crowded streets of Varanasi), and run-down beach huts.

While the hoped-for hut I’d envisioned in my mind on the long journey here (two rickshaws, a 9-hour train, and three buses in the heat) included an ocean view, the ones available are tucked away behind the beach’s restaurants, though the sound of the Arabian Sea can still be heard from our doorstep.  Along with monkey calls and birdsong.  And the odd yelp I emit when our resident beetle makes a surprise appearance.

India!  Only four days left in this expanse of emotional and spiritual chaos before we transition to island life in Indo.  But more stories + photos (and videos) from here are in the works, so Free Bird will be bouncing around a little in chronology and countries in the days and weeks ahead.  Hope you’ll stay with me for the ride!

Here’s a new gallery featuring one of my favourite aspects of India–the beautiful crumbling buildings.

~Courtney xo

One of Pushkar's main streets

*Click on a photo to view gallery in full-size

Castles and Temples and Forts, Oh My

Day 5 in Hampi:

Woke up early to watch Lakshmi, the temple elephant, take her 7:30 a.m. bath in the Tungabhadra River.  Sadly, we then witnessed a local man empty three bags of garbage into the water, watch it float downstream, then jump in for a dip.  (One of the bags was all paper materials–he sorts, then pollutes?)  Beautiful bathing elephant to our left, dirty floating garbage to our right.  This is India.

After a breakfast of milk coffee, masala dosa, and fried eggs, we took a fishing boat across the river, walked through a village called Virupapura Gaddi, and stopped for a lassi break (the heat is like an oven here, making time in the shade a necessary pleasure) on a floor-cushioned patio overlooking a rice paddy field.  Lined with palm trees.

One more day and then we’re off on an overnight bus to Gokarna, a temple/beach town on Karnataka‘s west coast.  Beach hut time is calling…

New story with pics and our latest video are coming soon!  In the meantime, hope you enjoy this peek at some of India’s most awe-inspiring architecture–the castles, temples, and forts of Rajasthan.


FREE BIRD T.V.: Episode 2 (Joe vs the kids, Jodhpur street cricket)


Hello from Varanasi!

We arrived here this morning on a night train from Khajuraho, where we spent the last four days checking out Kama Sutra-esque temples (photos to come!), riding rickety bikes into the countryside, and trying to acclimatize to the increasingly scorching Indian sun.  It’s HOT.  So hot I need a nap after strolling outside for ten minutes between the hours of 2 and 4 pm. So hot the cement singes my feet when I hop up a set of temple steps.  So hot I relish the cold bucket showers provided by our gritty hotel bathrooms.

As you may have noticed in the title, this post marks Episode 2 of Free Bird T.V., a series of videos I’ll be sharing from the road.

But where is Episode 1, you ask?

It’s on our laptop, waiting, begging, and pleading for an internet connection that doesn’t cut out halfway through uploading it.  Episode 1, called Welcome to Delhi, is to be our debut.  It’s an eight-minute collection of sounds and images we recorded in Delhi and edited in hotel rooms and on train rides throughout Rajasthan.  It’s out first-ever video project, and we can’t wait to share it. (Are you there, internet gods?  It’s me, Courtney.)

In the meantime, here is Episode 2–a shorter clip in which Joe gets schooled by a pack of kids playing street cricket.

If you like, please re-post and share with your peeps!  We love to spread the word/visuals on all things connected to travel.

Episode 1 and more to come…

~Courtney xo

Faces of Jodhpur

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