Sunday, January 31, 2010

Willemstad, Curacao




I went to Curacao (Dutch Antilles) back in 2006. A very beautiful island of the coast of Venezuela. This is Willemstad, i think it's the capital, don't remember lol. In Curacao, Dutch is the official language, but everyone speaks Papiamentu. It's a creole language, mixture of Spanish, Dutch, some French, and I think Swahili.

The beaches were so beautiful:) and I loved the colorful houses.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Is it just me or are the walls trying to kill us?


According to our wonderful tourguide, this is the thinnest road in Fez (or did he say the world?)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Video of Shah Faisal Mosque

Here's some video of the second floor. Notice the dark glass, that's the entrance into the actual praying area but was closed off at that time for some reason so some people were praying outside it. We didn't even get to see inside it.

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Here's the ground floor. There are also tables of books set up outside the book/souvenir store.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Snow on the Hollywood Hills


I thought it looked pretty cool seeing snow so close on the Hills :)

Universal Studios Hollywood, CA

Today I went to Universal Studios here in Hollywood, CA. It's my first time going here. Now Universal is my kinda park; no fast rides or roller coasters roller coasters! Just nice slow attractions and shows :)
My favorite ride was the Simpon's and the 3D shrek show.

But I prefer the Universal Studios in Orlando, it's alot bigger. But the cool thing about the one in Cali, is that there is a tour of all the different scenes and sets where movies are filmed. It's pretty amazing how most of the movies are filmed at Universal. Movies have been made at the Universal studios there since 1913.






The princess in all of us


A window display in New York.

I used to totally love Ariel, from The Little Mermaid. I had the poster, the comforter, the...ok I'll stop there.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dude holding a circle


This dude always reminds me of Tina Fey.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dubai Extravagance

Well, what can I say, I was pretty shocked when I saw this outside of the Mall of the Emirates! Some one told me it was actually covered in REAL white gold. I was disappointed to see something like this, I mean don't people have better things to buy with their money?? Or if you can't think of anything good to spend your money on give it to charity. That's just me!

Burj al Arab

I really wanted to go inside, but I heard you had to pay like $100 or something! So I didn't even try to go lol.
Ahhh Dubai extravagance :)

My adventure in the desert!

Back in 2006, I went to Dubai for a language and cultural emersion program, but I really went to have fun lol. The flat I was living in was in the desert, it was actually pretty relaxing to be outside of the city.



So one day I saw some camels and I wanted to get closer (it didnt look that far). I was warned not to go because it was actually pretty far and I would at least need some water and proper shoes to go. I had jeans, a black shirt and sandals, but I was like "Whatever, I'm tough I can do it" lol. Well, after 30 minutes I still wasn't near the camels and I was getting extremely thirsty and my feet were burning from the hot sand!

I ended up getting back to my flat 2 hours later, red as hell, and drank a gallon of water lol. Since then, Ilearned how serious mother nature is lol.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Shah Faisal Masjid

The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is a site every person visiting Pakistan should go to. Why? Well, for me, it's the beautiful contrast between the outer architecture of the masjid and the inner architecture.


The outer seems hard and bold. It's an intimidating design, one not often thought of as a stereotypical masjid.



You can see people walking from the outside towards the inner area which is darker, very shaded.


You reach the inner part and you come across this beautiful fountain. It automatically relaxes you and prepares you for inner peace.


Along the walls of the fountain area are wudu stations. And as you can see here, there's a dark stairway. The dark marble stairs lead up to the prayer area. It's fascinating how light is played with in this masjid and how it automatically alters your state of mind.



I wasn't able to take a picture of the actual prayer area (which is incredibly huge and accompanied with an even bigger open area) but this is a look at an area of the masjid to the side of the prayer area. Incredible water fountain!

Friday, January 15, 2010

I think we can put in the spaghetti now


The beautiful Niagara Falls back in summer of 2007.
Although I think the Niagara Falls aren't as amazing as they're hyped up to be, they're still pretty cool. But I love this picture because somehow I captured this amazing swish swoosh of mist (or whatever it is) and it looks like a pot of boiling water.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So close, yet so far

I started this blog back in 2006 while I was bored in London (yeah, I know...bored IN LONDON) but after posting twice I moved on with my life. So now almost four years later, I thought about reviving the blog and making it a "picture travel blog." By no means have I, nor India, travelled the entire world, but while we are making our way around to it (Insh'Allah!) we hope to bring some "insight" and entertainment to our readers (should that be in quotes too: "readers") These will be our own pictures so the quality may be bleh sometimes.

Anyways...what better way to kick this off than to post a picture of our President's house?

I went to D.C. in Summer 2009 and it was HOTTTT as heck. There were a ton of people clamoring to take pictures of the White House and I finally elbowed my way in to snap this picture.