Santa Is My Ho-Ho-Homeboy & Other XShot Photos From This Week

Santa Is My Ho-Ho-Homeboy & Other XShot Photos From This Week

By |2016-07-21T23:47:04-04:00October 29th, 2012|Travel Gear|17 Comments

Chaos at New Delhi Railway Station
What a week. From Florida to Houston, back to Florida and up to New York City I went. And then I flew to India, where I am right now, sitting in my hotel room in Delhi, still in a state of disbelief about being back in this incredible country.

And in between all of the flying over the last seven days, in between my visa run to Houston and trying to get as much work done as possible, and in between the hundreds upon hundreds of emails, I somehow still managed to accomplish everything I set out to accomplish during my quick visit back to the US.

At the Beach in Jupiter, Florida

I spent a full morning at the beach in Florida, with my mom joining me…

Lunch with my Grandmother

before visiting with my grandmother and the always entertaining Leo, her long-time partner.

Buying a New Shirt

I then tried to buy a new shirt but couldn’t find anything that suited me (I decided against this one in the end).

Organizing My Stuff

And I sat down and organized all of the stuff I keep stored at my mother’s place.

Then, in a flash, that visit was over and I found myself walking out the door of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, where, immediately upon arrival in the city center, I ran around in such awe that you would have thought it was my first time here. I just couldn’t wait to…

Raj's Cozy Inn, Paharganj, Delhi

Check into Raj’s Cozy Inn, my favorite budget hotel in Delhi…

Dinner at My Favorite Restaurant

Eat at my favorite restaurant in the city, the Hindi name of which I still don’t know…

Pineapple Shake in Connaught Place

Drink a pineapple shake from my favorite roadside shake stall…

Shave in Pahar Ganj

Enjoy a wonderful shave from a barber I’ve used many times before…

The Main Bazaar of Pahar Ganj

Wander through the chaotic, yet atmospheric, Main Bazaar in Pahar Ganj…

Ajay from Truly India Agency

And meet with Ajay, the amazing man who helped organize certain aspects of my upcoming Welcome to India tour…

Exhausted from all of that activity, I actually ended up falling asleep that first night just before 8pm, however, I was woken up at 10pm by the sound of loud drums, as one should expect to happen on any given night in this country. So I put on my clothes, went up to the roof top of the hotel, stuck my XShot out over the wall and captured a wedding celebration taking place in the lane below. And I must say that the sight of everyone dancing, of those drummers playing their music and of the smiles that this celebration brought to the faces of all those around, instantly made me realize that returning to India this year was definitely a wise decision…

(If you’re reading this post via email, please click here to view the video.)

In case you missed the previous two posts in this series – The XShot: Why Every Traveler Should Carry One & XShot Photos & A Wacky Video From A Remote Lighthouse – let me mention that all of the photos and the video above were taken with my trusty XShot camera extender, a piece of travel gear that has quickly become one of my favorite items that I carry with me on my adventures.

And my XShot has proven so useful that I honestly do believe, as I’ve stated before, that every traveler would benefit from owning one. For around $22 bucks you’ll suddenly have the ability to capture photos of yourself at all times while also being able to capture photos from angles and perspectives you never thought possible.

Thank you all for following along with this 3-month series and I hope those of you who already bought an XShot have been taking some interesting and unique photos as a result!

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  1. Wesley Smith November 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Hollywood Town Hall…great album…love your blog/site by the way

  2. Caroline November 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Earl,

    I’m in India at the moment, heading back to Delhi in a few days. Does Raj’s Cozy Inn have a website? I’m struggling to find any info.


    • Earl November 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Hey Caroline – They don’t have a website but they will quickly respond to any emails sent to: [email protected]

      It’s a simple, but friendly place, small (only 11 rooms) and in a good, usually quiet location. Smaller rooms cost 495 Rps and larger rooms (which I highly recommend) cost 650 Rps. Another good place is the Smyle Inn around the corner with comfy rooms for 700 Rps. It’s a great value too and they do have a website.

    • Earl November 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Hey Caroline – They don’t have a website but you can email them at: [email protected]

      • Caroline November 14, 2012 at 9:57 am - Reply

        Thanks Earl – much appreciated!

  3. Addison S October 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Great photos of Delhi, I must admist that I’m pretty envious right now. One of my favorite experiences there was getting a free meal and spending a good few hours chatting with the Sikh community at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib temple.

    • Preeti October 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      That is probably one of my favorite memories from Delhi too. Did you get a chance to visit any other Gurdawara’s?

  4. Karen McCann October 30, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Wonderful pix,Earl, and thanks for the info on camera, video and especially the camera extender – that is a brilliant little invention!

    Happy travels,
    Karen McCann

  5. Sukirti October 29, 2012 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Hope, u r having a great time in India. You will love the lights in Diwali and the best thing is the celebration goes on for more than 5 days!!!

  6. Andrew October 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    A wise wandering traveller once told me: Just have a think about what the barber does with the hand that’s pinching your nose as he shaves your upper lip…

    Have a ball mate and hope the tour goes well. If you’ve got nothing in the blog queue, perhaps something on Delhi? I wasn’t a big fan and I know Niall had a few issues, interested on your gems and the things you love about Delhi?

    • Earl October 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Hey Andrew – Believe me, I spent the entire shaving trying to get that thought out of my head as usual. And yes, there will be a post on Delhi that mentions my favorite spots around the city.

  7. EarthDrifter October 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    As much of a minimalist as I am, I think you’ve finally got me sold on the Xshot.
    Time magazine’s top 25 bloggers (not travel bloggers) of 2012: That’s beyond huge! CONGRATS!

    • Earl October 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      @EarthDrifter – I wouldn’t write about this thing if I really didn’t believe it was useful so I’m confident you’ll be quite happy with your XShot!

  8. Shalu Sharma October 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Great that you are in India. Hope you are enjoying yourself to the fullest. Diwali is near the corner, hope you’ll be able to see the lights.

    • Earl October 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Hey Shalu – Definitely planning on celebrating some Diwali!!

  9. Preeti October 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Ahhh I’m so jealous that you’re in India right now. Diwali my absolute favorite holiday is coming up in a couple of weeks. Are you going to celebrate it? Seriously one of the most entertaining and fun holidays in the world. There is a awesome public celebration that takes place near Lal Killa in Delhi you should check out. I don’t know the exact location off the top of my head but its so worth it.

    • Earl October 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Hey Preeti – We’ll actually be in Agra for Diwali so hopefully there will be some good celebrations there as well 🙂

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