I have been home for almost a week… boy it is nice to be home. I do miss France already and I want to share some “final” family vacation pictures. I have already posted “typical” tourist pictures… and have saved “my kind of pictures” for this last post. I hope you enjoy these unconventional vacation pictures.
We took the TGV last Sunday to Paris the night before our flight home. Isabelle’s sister and nephew took us to the train station and you can see them in this “selfie”… (is it still a selfie if there is a group?)
I love the TGV and they have an interesting advertisement campaign this year. Here is an example of one of those advertisements. Ben and I decided we could create one as well using a phone and Gwen. (Ben’s sister… while she was sleeping)
I have more advertisements…. I saw one for an Opera the first day I arrived in Strasbourg. I am not much of an Opera guy… but if this publicity is anything close to the actual opera I really want to see it.
This was not the only “gore” based advertisement. I saw another and at first I thought it had been “vandalized”… As I looked closer I realized that it had not been… it was designed this way. (oh those edgy French)
Kind of gross huh…
Speaking of gross… This is the toilet paper at my mother in laws house. The “Soft & Saugstark” made me wonder… what is “saugstark”? I decided to “google translate” this…
I had assumed that “saugstark” was German… but google tells me that it is Norwegian for “Juicy”. I was using “SOFT and JUICY” toilet paper… hmm Gross.
Boy… I know this is random… and it is only going to get worse…
This is all for France… Hope there was at least one picture that made you smile!
Sometimes good things have to end and so it is for my cruise with Isabelle. Today I went to work and realized that I need a rest break after that vacation. ( and no… I am not talking about a rest break from my wife… ). Most of the cruise pictures were serious… and that is a little bit out of character for me so I wanted to summarize this “cruise vacation” with a series of weird pictures. (Hopefully they are weird… I lost the weird contest so I am worried that I am loosing my touch)
I arrived in India after 25+ hours of travel… The worst part of all of that travel is that my bum hurt. (not sure I should be sharing that… ). At a previous job we always flew business when travelling internationally and my backside was never sore… (hmm still reads strange). There has to be something you can do to make sitting that long bearable. I wanted to ask my co-sitters but I couldn’t think of a way to politely ask without sound creepy. “Excuse me does you bottom hurt?”… or “Do you have any ideas on how to keep you butt from hurting?”… nothing sounds stranger appropriate. (I would love for you to leave a comment with any flight bum advice you may have… wow even that sounded creepy)
It was 1:15 in Mumbai when we landed and by the time I got out of the airport it was after 3:00 am. (Bottom was still sore). I was delayed a bit… something about the visa control guard not thinking my passport picture was me and me stating that I am obviously much more handsome in person.(jesh… no sense of humor.. I was a bit worried that I was going to be taken to the “Secondary Questioning Cell”… it was actually labelled that way and “Cell” is a scary word. I tried to take a picture but it wasn’t allowed)
Here is my first India “travel” tip. If you arrive in the Mumbai airport, especially at night, don’t leave the airport without going up to the departure section. Arrivals are on the bottom floor and you exit into basically a parking garage. You will not think much of what you see but if you take the escalators up to “Departures” you will have a stunning view of the airport. I couldn’t get my co-workers to do this… but I captured this picture to offer all of you a small glimpse. (something about wanting to sleep… or maybe they were too embarrassed to talk about their bums… I guess butt talk is not co-worker appropriate either)
I stayed the night (just until 11:oo am… that is 3:30 am to 11:oo am) in a Hotel next to the airport… Hilton Mumbai International Airport. This is the second time staying a brief moment in a hotel near the airport and I can say that I have yet to be disappointed.
While eating breakfast we noticed workers at the back of the hotel. A co-worker, lets call him Nate said I wonder if they are not wearing shoes because they don’t have them or is it part of the job. (We are all not use to watching construction workers who are barefooted)
I sat and watched these workers who were preparing to paint the outside of the building. They were setting up bamboo scaffolding. I have heard of this but have never seen it done… I was fascinated as I watched them tie the bamboo together with jute ropes. It became a little more precarious as they started tying the bamboo to posts and the fence near the building. I then became extremely nervous as I watched them climb (no shoes help them climb) the shaky structure and add more bamboo… crazy… plus they laughed at me watching and taking pictures. (I am sure they were saying “stupid tourist” in hindi)
Here are some pictures showing them build the scaffolding. They had harnesses but I did not see any of them tie themselves to the structure.
I also went for a short walk before getting in the car to be driven to Pune. (My bottom still ached and I hoped the walk would help…) I would like to share some picture of that small walk towards the airport.
I want to add some “Weird” pictures before I end this post. so here are three!
Please stay “tuned” to my blog… I have so much more to share and will be sneaking out more when I get the time.
Hey… I am sure you are asking for more weird pictures of the day from India… so here goes!
I was going to finish this with a bunch of random pictures but I think I will theme the rest of this pictures… so from now on… this post has become…
(I think that I have the right to change my mind mid post… hope this isn’t breaking some blogging protocol…)
I have always wanted to visit India especially after seeing “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. If you remember there is a scene where they are serving Indian delicacies like “snake surprise” and the famous dessert of “Chilled Monkey Brains”. My Indian friends have always told me that this was all fiction (bursting my India hopes and dreams)… but I have remained hopeful thinking that they were just “covering” things up.
As in the first picture of India post I want to end with a picture that offers a glimpse of how I am experiencing India.
I am at the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas for work and thought I would post a quick “weird picture of the day”. Before I do this I wanted to share a quick look at what I am experiencing… wall to wall people (think over 30,000)… mostly geeky people (Having my kind of people around me makes me feel so much more “normal”)
SO… What did I find in Las Vegas at an aws conference that would excite me enough to create a post? (NO… not strippers…. jesh)
I know that you have been waiting for this… and I don’t want to disappoint anyone… so HERE it is… Pictures of McDonalds in Europe… (I should make a coffee table book… ) Out of principal I refuse to eat at McDonald’s especially in Europe (can’t imagine not eating the local dishes…) But I have noticed they are very popular and I hear many Americans when I pass by… plus I have to admit that my children love it… and there can be some interesting differences
I could go on forever… but I think that will be enough… will save the rest for my coffee table book.