DAILY PHOTO: Zambian Game Reserve










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Taken in May of 2016 in Zambia; Elephant

DAILY PHOTO: Side-by-Side Cats: or, Two Grumpy Lionesses

Taken in May of 2016 in Zambia

Taken in May of 2016 in Zambia

This isn’t a good shot. It’s washed out and the composition is poor.

And yet, when I saw it I couldn’t help but imagine a dialogue between these two lionesses. If it triggers that reaction for you, it’s worth posting it.

Top 5 Travel Destinations of 2016

We visited half a dozen countries (not including India) and about a dozen locales within India in 2016.

Here’s my top 5.

 

5.) Old Goa: Goa is usually a beachy destination, but when one goes before the rainy season is over, one spends a lot of time touring old churches. And Old Goa (Velha Goa) has some impressive and historic churches.

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4.) Amritsar: First of all, there’s the food. Punjabi cuisine is legendary–as is Sikh hospitality. However, there’s also some beautiful sights and a unique feel to the place.

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3.) Bai Tu Long: Most of our trip to Vietnam took place in 2015, but we rang in the New Year on a junk boat on Ha Long Bay’s next door neighbor.

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2.) Chaminuka Game Reserve, Zambia: Our first trip to Africa was far too short, but we did get a taste of the continent.

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1.) Naranag to Sonamarg Trek: This may seem like an odd choice–particularly for the number one slot–given that Kashmir was under curfew when we visited. I think that may have made the trek all the more enjoyable. Not only is rural Kashmir gorgeous, but it was mostly normal–excepting the daily military checkpoints to remind us that Pakistan and /or China could invade at any moment. We certainly had our share of travails before and after the trek (e.g. only being able to drive through the middle of the night and all shops being closed on occasion) but the trek itself was outstanding. Besides, troubled travels make for good stories.

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DAILY PHOTO: Giraffe Amid the Trees

Taken in May of 2016 at Chaminuka Game Reserve

Taken in May of 2016 at Chaminuka Game Reserve

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DAILY PHOTO: Who Knew this was a Kudu?

Taken in May of 2016 at Chaminuka Game Reserve near Lusaka

Taken in May of 2016 at Chaminuka Game Reserve near Lusaka

DAILY PHOTO: Tusker in the Tall Grass

Taken on May 25, 2016 at Chaminuka Game Reserve near Lusaka

Taken on May 25, 2016 at Chaminuka Game Reserve near Lusaka

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