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Photo Essay: A Day at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City

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Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes looks the way a palace of fine arts should look, beautifully and intricately carved out of marble. And then you look up at the practically neon yellow and orange colored roof. It seems like an unlikely and flamboyant topper to the stately marble. But it somehow works. It makes […]

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Photo Essay: Examining Mexico City’s History on a Tour of Three Significant Sites

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When I first arrived in Mexico City, I stayed at Hostel Amigo Suites, the younger, but more mellow and grown up sister of the noted party hostel, Hostel Amigo. I found that Hostel Amigo should be known for more than its lively nighttime events, it has an educational side as well. Together with Hostel Amigo […]

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Photo Essay: The Jama Masjid in Sepia

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India is the ultimate destination for the photo happy; it seems that in any direction you point your camera, there is something fascinating to capture. There’s so much detail, life, and scenes that are unique to the subcontinent. And of course, there’s all the color, that integral part of India. As I looked through the […]

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Photo Essay: Exploring the Amber Fort in Jaipur

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On our drive up to the Amber Fort, I had no expectations. We eventually left behind the city density for shady roads that were surrounded by more trees than people. We began to see the old city wall of Jaipur, jutting out of the sides and tops of dusty hills. I felt a tangible presence […]

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Photo Essay: The Taj Mahal + 5 Things You Don’t Often Hear About It

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1. You can see the Taj Mahal from the roof of many nearby hotels. Many of them have conveniently placed (overpriced) restaurants on their rooftops. I got my first glimpse of the Taj Mahal while having lunch on my hotel’s roof. 2. At the main entrance, the Taj Mahal ticket office is not next to […]

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Photo Essay: A Visit to the Howrah Flower Market in Kolkata

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I visited three cab drivers before I found one who understood where I wanted to go and knew how to get there. After a short drive, we stopped in front of what appeared to be a slum with people selling random goods in front of it. “This can’t be the right place,” I thought. The […]

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Photo Essay: Scenes from Kolkata

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In Kolkata, I didn’t have a lot of time to wander and take pictures of the city, so I always tried to have my camera ready to capture everyday moments and sights that I found to be interesting. Most of these pictures were taken in the Sudder Street area or from the backseat of taxi […]

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Photo Essay: Exploring the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

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The Victoria Memorial is Kolkata’s main attraction. Architecturally, the building draws from both Indian and English aesthetics and it looks like a cross between the Taj Mahal and the White House or the Capitol Building. It’s quite a stunning building and the memorial grounds also include expansive and well-maintained gardens and lawns. Inside the memorial […]

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