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Shopping for Memories

I actually intended to post pictures of the souvenirs I bought on my Sikkim-Gangtok-Darjeeling trip, inspired by Lori Gosselin’s post at Life, for Instance – but I didn’t get around to taking the pictures. Sigh. So I decided to procrastinate. And do it next week. For now, here are more photos from the trip album!

Here we go. I’ve put captions on the photos. Enjoy!

I am linking up with the lovely Unknown Mami’s tour. Let’s go to her place, because, from there, we can travel the world together.

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So, tell me, which one is your favorite photo today?

P.S.:
Don’t forget Terri Sonoda’s Sara’s Sleep – book launch party on Facebook in a few hours!
July 1, 2012 – Sunday 2 pm to 4 pm PDT
It is at http://www.facebook.com/TerriSonoda



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Vidya

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Vishnu
    July 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    The Buddha on the side of the rock is amazing! This must be an EXTREMELY spiritual place. Thanks for sharing as always.

    Oh, and of course the driver’s named Buddha:) !!

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      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Actually, Vishnu, our van whizzed past it and I asked him to stop and reverse as I was attracted by the flash of blue. I am glad I did. So beautiful. Ah, we see smiling faces all over the place. Must be the fresh air, no?

      Not only was the driver’s name Buddha – but if you see Hajra’s comment here, it seems he was the same guy who drove them around when she visited. WHAT a coincidence!

      Thanks for being here, Vishnu!

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    My Inner Chick
    July 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhhh, those spices are spectacular…

    & SO ARE YOU.

    Happy Sunday, my Dearest Zen Girl. Xxx

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      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Yes, Kim. And the jewelry display took my breath away too! πŸ™‚ Hugs! And wishing you a fab week ahead!

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    Terri Sonoda
    July 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    So many beautiful colors and I can just imagine how those gorgeous spices smell! Thanks for sharing the journey, Vidya. We are so fortunate to be able to (visually) tag along!
    Much love!
    Terri

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      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:21 am

      I am so happy to share it all with you, Terri. During this trip, I was thinking of you quite a lot, imagining how much you would have loved it! Hugs! Thank you for being my friend!

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    Hajra
    July 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    You just gave me the chills. When we went on our college trip to Darjeeling; we had the same driver – Buddha who drove us around Darjeeling! Isn’t the world such a small place after all!

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      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:24 am

      You gave me the chills too, Hajra! Buddha was a very warm person, though. I don’t know why – I got the feeling he wasn’t a regular taxi driver. Well, I must be wrong. πŸ™‚ He was very helpful and even came with us beyond the vehicle point at the Sikkim Zoo. Such a pleasant guy.
      I love that the world is a small place!

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    Harleena Singh
    July 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Brings back old memories as usual Vidya!

    I loved those old Tibetan ladies always busy at work and forever smiling – no matter what. And those kids with their chinky eyes used to always bring a smile on my face πŸ™‚

    There is a lot of happiness you see in such places – you must’ve noticed that am sure.

    Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

      πŸ™‚ Thank you, Harleena. They do that for hours and hours and have been doing it for years and years! Yep – the kids were very sweet!

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    Tara R.
    July 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    The table of spices would have tempted me! I can only imagine how wonderful it smelled.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Oh, Tara…the place was so fragrant you know? Very nice – since the air was so fresh at that height (9000 feet)

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    Emily
    July 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    So colorful and full of life, I love these pictures!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Thank you, Emily! I thought of you during the trip!

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    Vetrimagal
    July 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The ladies weaving!
    Thanks for sharing them.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Yes, Pattu. And they can’t see very well. They are so practiced at what they do – they just keep going. Thanks for visiting!

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    Mrs4444
    July 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I like the spice picture the best, but all are very interesting; I enjoyed these. I also appreciate the way your watermark is always unobtrusive; nice job.

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    Leovi
    July 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, my favorites are the two grandmothers knitting.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:24 am

      Thank you, Leovi! They looked so calm and contented.

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    Laurie Matherne
    July 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    The world is so diverse. Thanks for exposing us to another adventure.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Ah, isn’t it, Laurie! I find it so fascinating that within India, we have so many cultures and so much more for me to discover! Thank you for coming by!

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    Keetha Broyles
    July 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Loved seeing the two ladies weaving/doing needle work.

    I’ve watched Indian cooks on the Food Network use those spice boxes in their cooking. One day I want to taste some of that style of food.

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      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

      You will love the food, Keetha.

      The ladies at the Tibetan Refugee Center, they were so calm, going about what they probably must be doing for decades. They were completely unperturbed about us walking all over the place…I felt as though we were intruding into their space. But they’re probably used to visitors. πŸ™‚ Thank you for coming!

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    Keetha Broyles
    July 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    One more thing I forgot to say – – – those children are darling. So glad they posed like that for you and that their daddy let them.

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      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Ah, yes. I love the little boy’s expression – his sister just sat him down and he was more focused on something in his hand.

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    Kimberly
    July 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Those spices? I want to jump in them!

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      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Oh gosh, Kim – that’s what I told my fellas when I saw the large sacks of spices. I would have loved cloves πŸ˜€ Hugs!

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      brainharry
      July 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Ohhhhhhh really vidya……Nice………
      Helik Advisory

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    Lori Gosselin
    July 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I would have been so tempted, and have shopped a lot! Such colorful, beautiful things to buy!
    Lori

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      Vidya Sury
      July 3, 2012 at 7:29 am

      πŸ™‚ Lori, yes, I was tempted too. But I resisted. Most of the time. No, at least half the time. Ah well! πŸ˜€ Thanks for being here!

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    BLOGitse
    July 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Wow, I love the colors! and I can imagine the feeling too…..

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      Vidya Sury
      July 7, 2012 at 5:16 am

      πŸ™‚ Thanks BLOGitse! Hope you enjoy your holiday!

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    sheila
    July 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Well you know me…. I certainly canNOT pic a favorite one of these! πŸ™‚
    LOVE THEM ALL!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      July 7, 2012 at 5:16 am

      Imagine going there together, Sheila! That’s a lovely thought!

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    Eric Hutchins
    July 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Its the colors of India and the warmth of the people that I remember most from my visits, and why I would like to tour the country with Pamela. Thank you for the wonderful pictures. And I hope you are well. We are swamped as you can imagine, but also blessed and happy.
    Take care

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      July 7, 2012 at 5:17 am

      πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to both you and Pamela being my guest when you visit, Eric. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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    Unknown Mami
    July 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The picture of the two children is beyond sweet.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      July 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

      Yes, they were delightful. Their dad asked them to look at me – the girl obliged but the boy was so busy with something in his hand – I am glad he looked up just as I clicked – love his expression!

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    Tori Cooper
    July 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Those necklaces you posted are beautiful! The blue one looks like something I would buy! Love checking out some of the pics from your trip! πŸ˜€

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