Quiet moments were few and far between in India, especially in Agra where we took this shot. Ferrying people from one side of the river to the other, the boatman swiftly guided one group after another across the water. For a moment in the crossing they appeared to be all alone in a vast wilderness.
I took this shot from the patio outside the Taj Mahal. The place was crowded and we were constantly being bumped and jostled by young men wanted to get closer to my sister, her coworker Julia, and I. This was the last thing I had to see before we went home and there was a sense of relief having visited that final checklist place. In that hot and humid moment I didn’t know how to feel and I looked out across the river and saw this boat. A moment of peace and clarity in the frenzied world that is India.
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We spent just over two weeks in India, mostly in Mumbai (who could forget that experience?!), Delhi and Rishikesh – hardly any time to scratch the surface of this diverse and enormous country. Since it was the last place on our list and we were quickly running out of steam, we took flights to India instead of traveling overland. We just didn’t have the energy to cross Myanmar and Bangladesh, but we’ve heard good things about both places.