After a long break from work and the passing of the holidays for the year 2010, I've finally caught up on enough sleep to share a post.
Marie and I were fortunate enough to be witness to all three wedding ceremonies for our friends Aswin and Raksha: a legal ceremony in Seattle, USA; a Hindu ceremony in Bangalore, India; and a Western ceremony, also in Bangalore. Additionally, there was a reception for the newlyweds in the groom's hometown, near Mangalore. They are a beautiful couple that deserves all the happiness they've found in each other, and I couldn't be more thrilled that they're finally married.
An added bonus to all the excitement of seeing my friends tie the knot was getting to see India in the days leading up to their official weddings. We flew into New Delhi, and visited Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur in Rajasthan, before continuing on to Goa, and finally Bangalore and Mangalore in Karnataka. We celebrated Christmas and New Year's in the country, and I "observed" my 30th birthday. I've uploaded a few photos I took using my Canon 1Ds and a 50mm lens.
Those of you familiar with pretty much any book, painting, film or television show ever concerning the subject of India will notice the absence of a certain white, marble building from our itinerary. This was not an intentional omission. Our trip was originally two and a half weeks, but was abbreviated to one and a half weeks, due to the fact that my wife and I are "spoiled Americans" (as my friend Aswin jokingly referred to us) who didn't know we were required to obtain Indian visas prior to departure.
After a weekend "trapped" in NYC, we flew back to Houston and got our visas in a day. We are very lucky to live 4.1 miles from the Southern USA's regional Indian visa outsourcing office, and could apply in person. Still, many days of our vacation (and many dollars from our bank account) were lost. Unfortunate, but not enough to ruin the experience.
Prior to this trip, we visited Scotland to celebrate the marriage of our friends Chris and Michelle. Next stop, Mexico City, for the wedding of my friend Morten, from Frederiksværk, Denmark. The World Wedding Tour continues!