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Funny Things!

It's been a while since I've done a "Funny Things" post, so I thought it was about time :) This picture (below) makes me laugh for a few reasons. It's funny just because there are a bunch of cops crammed into this rickshaw... but it's funniest to me because there is a cop sitting in the front seat with the driver - which is against the law! haha! I have a picture of the cops breaking the law ;) Another rickshaw picture :) This guy was headed to the bus or train station with is luggage. He looks a little funny all crammed into this rickshaw with his luggage... but look closely at the bottom of his pant leg ... I've never seen a zipper at the bottom of a pair of pants before - not sure why it's there or what it's purpose is - but it makes me laugh :) Would you zip your pants closed or the end of your pants together? hmm... Misspellings always make me laugh :) This is on a middle of a busy road... I think it's also funny that it used to say &q…

Around Town

I bring my camera with me everywhere - you never know when you're going to see something interesting :) So I have a bunch of pictures that I've taken randomly around town :) These guys were sitting in the parking garage - I thought it was fun the way they were sitting :) This is the broom guy :) He goes down our street every day selling brooms, squeegees and a few other things like that on his bicycle :) There are certain times of the day that the buses are very crowded - especially if it has been raining. You can see the guys hanging out of the bus - one guy only has one hand and one foot to hold on with!! This monkey was chillin' on some parked cars at a market the other day :) You never know what will be on the road. There are always different carts (like the one below) on the roads. This one was a motorized bicycle with a whole family on the cart :) It was cute :) It was really fast too, this was the best pic I could get of it :) This is a slum in an area of the Cap…

Friends :)

This is just a very random post of some of our friends... Here's our buddy Deepansh (above & with another friend below). They came over the other day and got to play the Wii for the first time :) They really liked the boxing :) My friend AJ was over the other day and wanted to do some Mehindi (henna) on my hand :) Aashini was very interested in it :) Our friend AJ was just recently making a film. One of the days we were there with her, she was shooting at a kid's play place :) It's a fun place down the street from us called "Kid Rock" :) It was funny, they had REALLY loud kids music playing while they filmed. While they were filming some of it, Aashini got to play :) Here she is dancing to the loud music :) The ball pit was crazy! I don't think I've ever seen a ball pit with big balls like that before :) Very fun :)

Dosas!

I always seem to crave something random while pregnant. Last pregnancy it was cricket & guacamole burritos - this pregnancy it's Dosas! In our country the food in the North is very different from the food in the South. Dosas are Southern food. Most people here up North don't make Southern food their homes very often, so you have to eat it out :) One of my fave place to get Dosas is Haldirams. It's yummy :)
So what is a Dosa? A Dosa is basically a crepe made from rice and black lentils. There are many different side dishes that are served with it. This one is served with Sambar & Coconut Chutney. There are a bunch of different kinds of Dosas but my favorite is the Masala Dosa :) They used to serve potatoes on the side of some Dosas a long time back, but then at one time there was a potato shortage, so the cooks would mash up the potatoes and mix in spices and onions with it BUT since many devout Hindus and Jains in that area don't eat onions, they hid t…

Car Fun!?!

We have a car! Some friends left the Capital and we got their car. We've had it for about 4 months now and it has really helped us out! We have been traveling a lot over the Capital lately (which is 621 sq miles - half the size of Rhode Island) and it has been hard to take rickshaws for that far or try to get a taxi for the day, etc. So it has really helped us out a lot and we've been able to do a LOT more! yay! Here's our car - it's a Tata Sumo...When we first got it, it really stunk inside! I'm not sure what the smell was or what made it go away either :) In the evenings, people on the street sell Jasmine flowers on strings and peddle them to you while you're sitting at the traffic lights. They smell awesome and people put them in their cars to make them smell better :) We use them a lot!
So, with having a car comes new & interesting adventures too... for example, we locked our keys in the car the other day :) We didn't mean to (but who ever means to -…

7 Years!

7 years! It's hard to believe that we've been married that long already :) A lot has happened in those last 7 years! Before we got married I had never lived outside of Tallahassee, FL (except for a few summers abroad). Since we've been married we've lived: 1.5 Years - New Orleans, LA 1.5 Years - Slidell, LA
1+ Years - M-Town, South Asia 3 + Years - Capital City, South Asia We've lived together in the Capital longer than anywhere else since we've been married :) Adam - YOU ROCK! It's been an awesome 7 years! :)

McDonald's!!!

So I've had some questions about McDonald's here in South Asia and what it's like :) McDonald's is really cool in the ways they adapt to the countries or cultures that they're in. In Hawaii they sell SPAM, rice & eggs as a part of their breakfast menu. In Thailand they have a Samurai Pork Burger. In South Asia we have our own special menu items too... ACTUALLY the entire menu is pretty much different than in the US. Why?? They don't serve beef here in our country at McDonald's. Here's a look at our menu...There are actually more vegetarian menu items than there are meat items. The green circles to the left of the item means it's a Veg (or vegetarian) item. The red circles mean it's "non-veg" or meat. Vegetarianism is very important to many people here in this country, so they take it very seriously at McDonald's (as well as many other restrauants that sell both veg & non-veg items). Vegetarian and meat dishes are prepared i…

BATS!!! & the Window Mosque

The other day Adam and I were looking at Google Maps trying to find a specific place when we saw something kind of strange on the map. You can see it in the bottom right of this picture - it looks like a strange checkerboard... At first I thought it was a mistake on Google maps (an area where they couldn't take a picture of or something) but then we found out it was a place called Khirki Masjid (Window Mosque). It's really close to the hospital, so we thought we'd check it out after an appointment the other day. You have to park on the main road area and walk through the Khirki Village to get to it. Tucked deep into this village is the mosque. Walking up to the gate we saw buffalo, dogs, cats, birds and heard a Peacock (although it was REALLY close by, we couldn't find it)...
This mosque is really unique and is really old. It was built between 1351-1354. It was built during the Tughlaq Dynasty by Khan-i-Jahan Maqbul Tilangani, who was the Prime Minister at the time. He …