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polluters 3 [taxes] – government 0 [result] – climate minus 1 [or rather +2⁰]

Posted in pictures with tags , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2018 by xi'an

diesel attack

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , on October 21, 2018 by xi'an

plastic oceans

Posted in Kids, pictures with tags , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2018 by xi'an

incredible India

Posted in Kids, Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2017 by xi'an

[The following is a long and fairly naïve rant about India and its contradiction, without pretence at anything else than writing down some impressions from my last trip. JATP: Just another tourist post!]

Incredible India (or Incredible !ndia) is the slogan chosen by the Indian Ministry of Tourism to promote India. And it is indeed an incredible country, from its incredibly diverse landscapes [and not only the Himalayas!] and eco-systems, to its incredibly huge range of languages [although I found out during this trip that the differences between Urdu and Hindi are more communitarian and religious than linguistic, as they both derive from Hindustani, although the alphabets completely differ] and religions [a mixed blessing], to its incredibly rich history and culture, to its incredibly wide offer of local cuisines [as shown by the Bengali sample below, where the mustard seed fish cooked in banana leaves and the fried banana flowers are not visible!] and even wines [like Sula Vineyards, which offers a pretty nice Viognier]. Not to mention incredibly savoury teas from Darjeeling and Assam. Continue reading

from my office (last day too)

Posted in pictures, University life with tags , , , , , on December 17, 2013 by xi'an

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from my office (last day)

Posted in pictures, University life with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by xi'an

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India impressions

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2013 by xi'an

Amber Fort from Maota Lake, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Dec. 30, 2012 (c.) Brigitte PlessisAs recorded by the collection of snapshots in the past two weeks, my first visit to India has been most rewarding and diverse. Obviously, there were downsides, from a certain of level of (personal) paranoia about bugs, germs, bacteria and viruses (!), i.e. about food and water, to a rather unpleasant stay in a medium range traveller hotel in Varanasi (before moving back to a more up-scale hotel, thanks to Nicolas and Pierre!), to a moderate (for me!) impatience when faced with delays and inefficiencies. But the numerous historical places and temples, the diversity of the people, the exotic fauna and flora, the amazing colour pallet of towns (from the Red Fort to the Pink City) and people, the highly pleasurable food, the many discussions with locals in trains, museums and hotels, all those more than made up for the above downsides and made me wish for other visits to India in the near future (and acknowledge my need of a certain buffer in accommodation, alas!). Continue reading