I have totally whittled down my weekly posting schedule in recent months, and whilst that was perfect when I was working for Roctopus (an ickily busy job!), now that I am back to a regular schedule (and managing it like a boss!) I’m ready to step up my game again.
Hence, “Photo of the Week” has arrived as a regular Saturday slot. I hope you enjoy it, but either way — please comment away and let me know your thoughts!
This week’s photo comes from one of my favourite places in the world, India. Specifically, Hampi, our fourth stop on the trip and arguably, our favourite. Hampi has sneaked up from a relatively unknown stop on the backpacker trail to the Lonely Planet’s No. 1 place to visit in India and it’s in no small part down to the other-worldly ruins, the atmospheric bazaar and tiny ‘river’ which is so shallow, you could walk across it!
But without question, my favourite daily ritual was to wander down to the Bazaar side of the river at around 8 am, grab some chai from the lovely lady opposite the temple, sit by the river and wait for Lakshmi.
Lakshmi, the temple Elephant, wanders down to the river every morning (seriously, she bounces she is so happy!) with no chains, some Hindu adornings and an adorable bell around her neck. She has a bath in the river, frolicking away to her hearts content, then wanders back to the temple.
Along the way, you can stop her with a few rupees, which she’ll happily lift with her trunk and pass to her handler before ‘smooching’ you. Basically, she rests her (surprisingly heavy) trunk on your head. It is an auspicious start to the day, and one I relished!
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