Around the World in 18 Barbers’ Chairs

From Bulgaria to Vietnam, Shawn visits barber shops around the world.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a commemorative day that’s celebrated in different ways throughout the world. In some countries, the focus is on women’s accomplishments, whereas in others, it is a day to merely show gratitude towards women.

Photo du Jour: An Elephant & His Mahout – Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Responding to a command from his mahout while ascending the walkway leading to Fort Amer, an elephant poses for the camera. The practice of offering commercial elephant rides to tourists visiting the Amber Fort is controversial, as discussed here. When I visited the formidable fortress, which was built in the 1590s, I opted to makeContinue reading “Photo du Jour: An Elephant & His Mahout – Amber Fort, Jaipur, India”

Photo du Jour: A Produce Merchant in Pushkar, India

If only this produce merchant and I had spoken the same language, for I think she would have had remarkable stories to share. I crossed the woman’s path while exploring the more quiet, but extremely colorful back lanes of Pushkar, India. (Pushkar is in the Indian state of Rajasthan and it’s perhaps best known forContinue reading “Photo du Jour: A Produce Merchant in Pushkar, India”

Strolling New Delhi’s Lodi Gardens: Sun Salutations, Water Lilies, & Tombs

I hopped out of the chattering auto rickshaw and stepped onto the quiet New Delhi street. Much of the city was still in a deep slumber in the leafy district, not far from the Lodi Gardens. It was my first full morning in India. I felt a strange blend of timidness and Indiana Jones-like curiosity brewing asContinue reading “Strolling New Delhi’s Lodi Gardens: Sun Salutations, Water Lilies, & Tombs”

Photo du Jour: A Ride Through the Pink City – Jaipur, India

Even though my maiden voyage to India was nearly four years ago, I vividly remember that first afternoon exploring Jaipur, the so-called Pink City. With my new camera in hand, I delighted in capturing images of vibrantly-painted elephants, bus passengers, and motorcyclists as the auto rickshaw I was riding in passed them. Naively, I initiallyContinue reading “Photo du Jour: A Ride Through the Pink City – Jaipur, India”

The Taj Mahal in Black & White & Corn?

You’ve undoubtedly seen the image of the Taj Mahal numerous times, but still, nothing can compare you for your first real-life glimpse. With pure excitement that morning in Agra, I woke up with the roosters, determined to arrive before thousands of additional visitors joined me. It was my first time in India. After I passed throughContinue reading “The Taj Mahal in Black & White & Corn?”

Photo du Jour: Under Watchful Eyes – Munnar, India

Under the observant gaze of a bindi-clad woman in a storefront advertisement, men discuss the day’s happenings and observe passersby on a main road in Munnar, India. Munnar is well known for its tea-growing estates, which are some of the highest in the world.