Photos of all the Kite festivals arranged by Gujurat Tourism and attended by the four of us from the UK have now been put up on FaceBook, as usual there are too many but I want to convey the atmosphere/people/locations as well as kites to the interested.
Thanks for the feedback Mike and Steve.....it is the only way I can think of to get across/share my experiences with other kite fliers.
What I have not yet been able to convey is just how tiring and the sensory overload a trip to India causes. It is certainly NO HOLIDAY !!
Unlike a holiday you are invited to fly kites so 80% of your luggage is kites and kite related paraphernalia...in this case I took 37kgs in total and all the hassle that involves in lugging it about every day from location to location, hotel to hotel, internal flights/coaches/public transport buses and trains!
Like a school trip you are herded around and HAVE to go along with the organisers plans regardless. an average day would see you being woken at 6am for breakfast at 7, often just bread and butter with a coffee...then shepherded onto a coach for a four hour drive to a staged kite flying extravaganza with pomp, ceremony and a lot of speeches by the local politicians (in Hindi) and expected to fly kites when requested (even if there is NO WIND?) in the heat and dust but given ample warm bottled water and packed lunch on the flying field (curry and rice with chapaties) and after three hours of flying, frog marched to the coach to drive for six hours to another hotel for a one night stopover (37kgs in tow still), arriving late evening for dinner and the next day it all kicks off again. You have to be very tolerant and flexible, with a strong constitution!
Obviously pictures are taken at various points during the day, and that's what you guys get to see...smiles, kites and fliers from around the world, stunning locations, babes etc. but never the blood/sweat/tears or smells/emotions that are impossible to photograph no matter how wide your lens you use!
Post by Gareth Williams on Jan 29, 2013 17:55:48 GMT
Just to add to Mike and Steve's thanks. I'll add my own. I know you put a lot of stuff out there with no idea whether it gets read. Well it does and I enjoy it. So much so that I stole some of your experiences for the kkf blog.
So thanks Collin for sharing your experiences whether good bad or indifferent. By the sounds of things I'll stick to enjoying a relaxing couple of days with my mates with no pressure to perform.