In my previous blog installment, Quite possibly a trip of a lifetime, I hinted about my big international trip. I didn’t give any details but if you followed mostlyfotos, you got a taste of where I’ve been for the last three weeks. The trip was fantastic. Not only did I make some great images, I made some friends, met some fantastic people and experienced, for a brief time, an entirely different lifestyle. It is hard to say right now if it has made a permanent impact but I certainly have some good memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Even if this is a photography oriented blog, I’m going to talk about some of my travel experiences for a while. Partially for me so that I don’t forget the details of my trip but also for you, the readers, so that hopefully my experiences will help you in some way. And certainly travel and photography can be be strongly linked, each feeding off and strengthening each other. In upcoming posts, I will certainly talk about equipment. What I decided to bring, how it worked out and what was lacking. For the most part the trip went off without a hitch, well except for the small detail of money, but I’ll save that story for a different post. The cameras that I brought worked great and worked as expected. Was there functionality I missed? Sure, but not in the areas that I thought I would need. It’s got me thinking though and there maybe more equipment to consider for the future.
My 11 day around the world tour started on Thursday, February 23rd when I flew from Austin to Chicago. The photograph above is one that I wanted to take for a while. It’s been 20 years since I’ve been to O’Hare airport and I wanted to capture the colorful and fun corridor that connects the concourses at terminal 1. O’Hare is a large airport and it took a while to walk over to the United Airlines wing, where this is located, from the American Airlines gates. During this trip I flew through 8 different airports and this corridor is the most fun. Airports can be powerful, confusing, modern and sleek be rarely are they playful. And even after the 25+ years since its creation, this colorful hallway artwork still delights.
My primary destinations were in India and Singapore and here is the long and convoluted route I took. Started in Austin and flew to Chicago and then the long 14 1/2 hour flight to New Delhi. I stayed a couple of days in Delhi and did a one day trip to Agra. I then flew from Delhi to Bangalore. Who knew that it took 2 1/2 hours to fly between these Indian cities but look at a map and you realize that India is a tall country and Delhi is in the north and Bangalore in the south. After 3 days in Bangalore, I did a 4 1/2 hour red-eye flight to Singapore. After 4 days in Singapore. I had the longer journey back home. I went from Singapore to Hong Kong which took 4 1/2 hours. After a short layover in Hong Kong, I took 12 1/2 to fly to Los Angeles. And this is where it is a disadvantage to live in a small non-hub city like Austin. I decided to wait 5 1/2 hours to take a 1:30am red-eye flight to Dallas, arriving at 6am and from there it is a short 1 hour flight back to Austin. The alternative was to wait in Los Angeles for 10 hours until 6am for a direct flight back to Austin. I imagine that if I were a frequent traveller, this would get old in a hurry but for me it was fun and exciting. I got to fly business class for most of my travels which was fantastic. I’ve never flown business class and as silly as it sounds it was one of the “bucket list” items that I wanted to do in my life. I also stayed in 4 different hotels, some were 3 star and others were 5 star. Each had their good and bad points which goes to show that there always advantages and disadvantages to everything.
I actually finished this international tour on Monday but I was off on a 4 day trip to California starting the next day. It was kind of strange to fly though LA on Monday morning and be back there again on Tuesday afternoon. I’m finally back in Austin and while traveling can certainly be fun, I’m glad I’m back home with my family. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll go into more depth about these places. Certainly, photography is the core of this blog however I’ll throw in some travel tips and reviews of places that I’ve experienced. SXSW, the big music, film and interactive media conference, started here in Austin a couple of days ago. Ironically as I finish my world travels, the world will be visiting my home town for the next several weeks. A great way to meet more interesting people from far off lands, this time without getting on a plane.
This post is part 2 of my travels to India and Singapore, read part 1, Quite possibly a trip of a lifetime and part 3, New Delhi, India: tired, excited and ready to shoot.