I’ve landed safely…..

Morning walks along the shore.

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I’m back home in our part of the world, Abbekås, Sweden. I think I need some days to settle in our old new home. If you don’t know  – Sweden , Skåne, Abbekås is so beautiful and I’m happy that I can call this home.

Morning safari

My early morning visit to my drivers temple turned into a safari trip. Monkeys, huge mungo, big parrots, peacocks, goats, buffaloes, horses, mules, camels, birds of all kinds, nilgais, cows, snakes, toads and I’m pretty sure I have missed something but still you get the picture….amazing morning and it was only me and Pawan and the guys living at the temple. Seemed like the Gods knew this was my last visit so they really wanted to show me all the beautiful living creatures out here.

I think we saw more than 150 peacocks and peahens but first time I saw so many dancing at one time.

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it’s really a jungle temple

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magnificent banyan tree with all its hanging aerial roots

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summer here means that trees drop their leaves

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parrot nests

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a nilgai family

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I know not sharp but I just had to show the beautiful colours they have..

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goats eat everything….

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all of a sudden we spotted two snakes but they where to fast for me..but what a morning it was. The Gods did everything they could to give me a nice last visit and for that I’m truly grateful.

Faces of India.

Going through pictures and it seems I still have some that I haven’t shown you so here I go again….me and my faces of India, but today it’s all about women !! they where harvesting when I walked out into the field ….but as always they where so nice and wanted to chat some…

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Hugged by a langur….

Early this morning we paid a visit to one of our favourite places around here, the temple with all the langurs and today I asked my hubby to get some pictures of me with the langurs.

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they are so gentle but you can feel their strength when they want something.it’s amazing feeling their fingers holding yours and looking into their eyes …..

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I had handprints all over, front and back.

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all of a sudden I got the biggest hug ever ….and he hang on for quite a while…

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they are so fast and so cheeky ….

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this old lady (the monkey to the left !) waited and waited and finally she got some banana.

Best morning ever !

Brick by brick, earning 10 rupees=0.16 us $=1.37 Swe krona for 100 bricks !!!!

today I visited the brick makers again and brought some snacks for the kids but also some clothes for the youngest ones. I met the same family as I have done a couple of times before and they looked happy to see me again. I did meet a new girl in the family though..15 years old and they told me “not married yet”.

These poor people working long hours in the scorching heat every day. Today it was only 42 degrees Celsius and I was baking in the sun just  getting my pictures. They earn 10 rupees for every 100 bricks they make. The family moved here from Uttar Pradesh to work. Since this is an area where buildings are popping up everywhere and anywhere I guess the brick business is big bucks for the owners.

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the smoke from these ovens are really unhealthy…

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it truly is hard work and I wish that everyone once in a while would think about how working conditions are for some people in this country…..

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15 years old and she told me she has only gone to school for a very short while

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brick by brick

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this was the girl I have met before and I asked her what she wished for and at that time she wanted to turn 18 to get fully paid….today I didn’t ask because she’s still not 18. She did look thinner than last time though and I wanted to know how she was but she just said fine. Just look at those eyes ! amazing…if you zoom in you’ll see me in her dark eyes.

I think this is one of my  favourite pictures ever.

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I’m happy that I have taken the time to visit some of these places while living here. My heart is always heavy when I leave but I think that’s good. I think that we who live a privileged life need to see to understand. We need to feel it into the bones to understand how fortunate we are.

Instant swimmer

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Instant swimmer

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