I used to travel a lot, and one of the things that’s fun about travelling is seeing the assorted creature features, both domestic and exotic. These pics are from India.
Cows are sacred in Hinduism. That means a few things: 1) no Big Macs at McDonalds, 2) there are random cows wandering around everywhere, and 3) you are expected to get out of the cow’s way, and if you don’t, don’t be surprised if the nearest grandma pushes you out of the way because you’re being a disrespectful doofus.
The picture below is a beach in Goa. During the day, humans get the beach. As it starts to approach sunset, the cows take over. Why not, right?
In Jaisalmer, which is out in the desert in Rajasthan, pigs roamed freely right along with the cows, along with a few dogs and chickens. I’m fairly sure that’s the only place I’ve ever seen free-ranging pigs. It makes trying to walk anywhere a bit more challenging, because there are so many critters underfoot.
This billy goat’s gruff creature feature is in Varanasi. Varanasi is an odd place. It’s on the banks of the Ganges river, which in Hinduism is very holy, but on the practical side, it’s really not clean. This is one of the various ghats leading from the city down to the river, which Mr. Gruff here is navigating just fine. I didn’t take any photos near the ghats where they cremate people, because that would just be inappropriate, but cows were wandering around there, and it was all just a whole lot going on. Actually, India in general feels like a whole lot going on for a westerner. Take the sensory stimulation you’re used to at home and multiply by 1000, and that’s India. It’s quite remarkable.
These pictures from my hotel in Varanasi are out of focus, but the one of the left shows munchkin monkey riding backpack style on mama’s back. They’re very agile little critters, and they’ll quite eagerly snatch food whenever there’s an opportunity.
Stay tuned next week for critters of Peru!