old delhi

we started off our india trip in old delhi, an ancient and
historic city filled with monuments and rickshaws and 
fruit stands and spices and lots & lots of people.
it was exactly how we had pictured india. 
the streets were so chaotic but amazing,
and there was so much to take in at once!
the beauty & the disparity hit you all at once,
and the sensory overload is hard to explain.
it was surreal to suddenly be across the
world in this crazy, bustling, different city.
i love the first day of a trip. i’m always running on
adrenaline and i think one of the best feelings in the
world is being in a place you’ve never been.
^^ right in old delhi is the jama masjid
india’s largest mosque. 
^^ the colors & structure are so pretty to take in…
if any part of your leg is visible, they drape you
in robes {like you can see on me and over chase’s
shorts} then you take your shoes off and walk in!
i think it was a really good look for chase :)
^^ one thing to get used to in india = you have to take
your shoes off at every single mosque and lots of temples.
^^ love this archway shot looking out on the city
^^ we met the first of many darling children
and gave them some ghirardelli chocolates 
to bring a taste of our home to india! :)
^^ loved all the fruit / nut / spice stands
and, time for a rickshaw ride through the tiniest, most
crowded/ dirty streets. it really gave us a feel for old delhi!
^^ made a stop at the best spice shop, the
secret behind all that great indian food!
^^ my face while we went through these narrow,
crowded streets with cables hanging above!
cute rickshaw rider ^^
^^ view of the mosque as we came back through old delhi
and, a mountain of monkeys we happened upon.
best thing ever, and first of many monkey gangs
we saw and stared at forever. the videos of them
eating bananas are the best, i’ll share them soon! ^^

^^ can anyone handle this?

i’m still so amazed we didn’t hit anything while he was
pedaling through the insane streets and holding a gopro. ^^

 everyone clear the roads, chase is at the wheel
of the rickshaw! :) i love this guy and love that
he will pedal me around in a rickshaw in india.
new delhi coming at you next.
where is the most chaotic place you’ve been? 
see our travel to india here.

'old delhi' has 17 comments

  1. December 1, 2014 @ 9:44 am Kiki

    Wow this trip sounds amazing! All the chaos and beautiful things. And those monkeys, too adorable!


  2. December 1, 2014 @ 10:39 am Ticket 2 Take Off

    Can’t wait to keep following this adventure! Love your photos :)



  3. December 1, 2014 @ 3:58 pm Kerry June

    your pictures are amazing! you’re living my dream. the number one place i want to go is india, so seeing all your pictures is really making me want to go! it all looks so chaotic & fascinating. i’m happy i can see it all through your pictures until i have the chance of going :)


    • December 1, 2014 @ 9:48 pm emi

      i love that you want to go!! so many people asked why we were choosing to go to india haha — you will LOVE it when you go and it will be so worth it, it’s a completely different world.


  4. December 1, 2014 @ 5:38 pm Kristin DiCristofano

    What an adventure! I love that you brought chocolate from home to give to the kids.. So sweet!


  5. December 1, 2014 @ 6:32 pm Shauna

    LOVE these!!! Those monkeys are so cute!!!


    • December 1, 2014 @ 9:46 pm emi

      i really wish i could have taken one home hah they were my FAVORITE!


  6. December 1, 2014 @ 10:12 pm Mara and Jae

    shanghai, i think. chaotic and crowded and dirty. not all of it, of course, but a lot of it. we have SOO many pictures of monkeys from malaysia too haha. so funny.


    • December 2, 2014 @ 5:58 am emi

      that is so funny because shanghai seemed so clean to us after beijing! it completely depends on the neighborhood, so you’re right – parts of it were crazy. monkeys are too cute and hard not to take a million pictures of! :) malaysia sounds amazing!


  7. December 2, 2014 @ 12:06 am Love always, Jess

    This looks amazing!! do you guys get a lot of time off at work? it seems like you are always on some amazing trip :)


    • December 2, 2014 @ 5:59 am emi

      hi! we just use our days off the smartest we can, like this trip was over thanksgiving so we had holiday days and then just save them up! our works are both pretty flexible which is so nice because we want to travel while young! especially crazy places like india!


    • December 9, 2014 @ 3:08 pm Love always, Jess

      Thats awesome! being only 6 months into a real job its so hard to only have 3 weeks off! I’m sure ill learn how to stretch them better as I get more into it!


  8. December 2, 2014 @ 4:31 am Emily Cooper

    i went to new delhi and chamba a few years ago and LOVE IT SO MUCH. excited to relive the experience through you :)


    • December 2, 2014 @ 5:57 am emi

      that is amazing! i want to hear about chamba!


  9. December 2, 2014 @ 5:17 am Katie Arruda

    amazing amazing amazing! Definitely on my list!


  10. December 2, 2014 @ 11:38 am Ana Isabel Munguia

    i have been dying for this post and it’s as gorgeous as i expected it to be! the chocolate idea was magical, loved it! <3 looking forward for more pictures!


  11. December 2, 2014 @ 11:53 pm LHWinstead

    What an adventure!! I love all of the pictures in the rickshaw! I am so impressed by how well you two are able to navigate other countries!


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