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We used Trinetra Tours for our trip to South India (this is the second time we have used them and they are excellent). The welcome letter from the managing director, Tapas Banerjee, included the following:

“I must say that you might find a lot of poverty and deprivation around you. Please do not analyze it at that very point in time. All this, what we think of as sufferings, should help us to see our own lives in a different perspective. Perhaps to realize how lucky we are with material endowments and in spite of this we seek more and more. Also, another way of looking at this issue would be to see these people in their rags so happy and hospitable. Are we the same, in spite of all our material acquisitions?”

We took this photo from the window of a private air-conditioned van on the way to visit the ruins at Hampi.  The women are drawing water from a tank and washing clothes as a cow strolls by.  Scenes like this were common in our travels and made the advice in the welcome letter resonate.

Hung up to dry in Old Havana

At the corner of Amargura and San Ignacio in Old Havana, Cuba, is a health food store called Mercado Bethania. We didn’t go there. We stood on the corner to take a photo of the building across the street, because someone had hung their laundry on a second-story balcony to dry. The colors of the laundry items echo the colors of the window frames – blues and white – with just enough red accents for interest. The next time you are in Old Havana, take your eyes off the vintage cars and look up – to find ordinary everyday life.

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Laundry Day in Old Havana

 

This photo was taken on May 10, 2016. Stats are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/8, 1/160 sec, 4.5 mm