31 août 2006

The Taj Mahal

. We wake up very early (5:45 am!!!) and walk towards the Taj Mahal, certainly the most extravagant monument built for love. The Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as an ode of love for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their ninth child in 1631. The death of the Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that he decided to build this monument as a tribute to her. The construction took 22 years to complete. In total, 20,000 people from India and central Asia worked on this masterpiece. Interestingly, this... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2006

People of Agra

A blind man at the Taj Mahal A hair dresser in the street Children playing Woman inside Baby Taj A woman in the street A child's hand
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29 août 2006

Agra

. The next morning we head to Agra, roughly 170 kms away from Delhi. There are lots of people around, and every kind of means of transportation one can imagine. It’s crowded everywhere, people busy wandering around. We don’t drive fast, but that’s fine, we’re not in a rush. It takes us 4 hours to reach Agra. Agra is a busy place. (it looks like there are lots of busy cities in India…) We tour the city. It’s the first time we travel with a private way of transportation - our own taxi - and I have to say, it’s a real pleasure... [Lire la suite]
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28 août 2006

Arrival at Delhi

. Leaving Africa from Nairobi, Kenya, the first encounter with  India shall be Mumbai. There was a short connection on arrival at Bombay airoport and we rush out of the plane to find the Air India office. When we ask whether we should pass by immigration first, the officer tells us loudly ‘JOIN THE CROWD!’ I look ahead and I suddenly see myself in front of hundreds of noisy people. I then understand we have no chance of getting on the scheduled flight. We end up missing our flight to Delhi and get another one 4 hours... [Lire la suite]
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23 août 2006

Trip in India

For those who follow our trips closely, it won't be a surprise to know we're currently in India. We've focused our attention on Rajasthan - the Maharajas historical fiefdoms. Very soon, we shall start posting our various experiences and encounters in this surprising country. Some great photos too. With luck, we've succeeded escaping the massive floods that hit the region very recently.  We're now in Haridwar, a holy city on the Gange river, north of Delhi. So a bit of patience, and in the coming days, you shall know it all... [Lire la suite]
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20 août 2006

Mao

Mao Tsé Toung, de Philip Short Une des nombreuses biographies de Mao, par le correspondant de la BBC pendant les années 70 et 80. Mao, qui vécut près de 80 ans, dont plus de 40 ans passées au pouvoir, a eu une influence indéniable sur l'histoire de ce pays. L'ouvrage retrace ses années de jeunesse, et son apprentissage politique progressif. Ses doutes, ses revirements, puis ses certitudes, qui deviendront vite des dogmatismes. La plus grande partie de l'ouvrage se passe donc durant les années de lutte avec le parti... [Lire la suite]
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16 août 2006

Wild Swans - Cygnes Sauvages

Wild Swans, by Jung Chang In Wild Swans Jung Chang recounts the evocative, unsettling, and insistently gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in the political maelstrom of China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmother was a warlord's concubine. Her gently raised mother struggled with hardships in the early days of Mao's revolution and rose, like her husband, to a prominent position in the Communist Party before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution. Chang herself marched, worked,... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2006

A Fanstatic Wedding in Goma

It definitely was a special even in Goma. Not only because after years of living together, Isabelle and Nicolas decided to get married, but this very special moment took place in a very special place. Since they announced their wish to get married here in Goma, needless to say all ladies in town were talking about it, and wondering what dress to wear, makeup, and blah blah blah. As the weeks passed by, stress started increasing significantly. Since the party was due to take place in the open air, weather was crucial. Still... [Lire la suite]
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09 août 2006

Roundabout

Fancy a trip to Ituri? Tourism maybe? Looking at this 'monument' in this roundabout in Bunia's city center, one may think the authorities believe in it. Well... far from it. This is just another vestige of the past, when some adventurous tourist (as well as expats living here) could come to this beautiful part of Africa. Would Congo be stable, and safe, there would be plenty of reasons for tourists to come over here. An exhilarating people, stunning scenery and diverse wildlife. The latter is sadly not what it used to be. With... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2006

Congolese wheelbarrow

; This is a congolese wheelbarrow. So what's the fuss about it? well.... actually nothing. Just wanted to share that with you... Ceci est une brouette congolaise Et alors, me direz vous? euh... et bien en fait rien. Je voulais juste vous la montrer...
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