Kirsten Alana ๐Ÿ“ท @kirstenalana

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  • kirstenalana

    December 4th at 2:42pm

    Never has the term, "saved the best for last" meant as much as it did when I used it to describe our last full meal in Goa which we enjoyed after our hot air balloon adventure. Prepared by Chef Christopher Saleem and his staff at Elevar, it was one long succession of dishes as vibrant as they were delicious. Using the color wheel of India and spices that are native to the region, Saleem then adds an intensely global take to the rest of the plate. Every dish I had was reminiscent of at least 1/2 a dozen countries in some way. Which makes sense given that he lived and/or worked in at least that many countries before deciding to make Goa his home during high season. He's as fascinating as his food is and so is the company he keeps which includes Rainer, owner of @forttiracolheritagehotel. In fact I learned that Saleem consults with Rainer on the food at Fort Tiracol which explains why I enjoyed the food there so much! I'm going to go so far as to say you must not miss Elevar when you're in the North of the state. It is only open during high season and is on the beach basically within the @leelacottages property not far from Ashvem Beach. Go with a big appetite and save room for the Chef's dessert which Christopher makes live at the table. This particular dish, which was my main, is the Farmer's Plate and I also loved the Risotto. Even just reminiscing about this now is making me realllllly hungry ๐Ÿ˜œ Oh, and I used the new 'Portrait Setting' on the iPhone camera to capture this shot. I think it works as well for food photography as it does for portraits. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #escape2goa

    jessicaluxe

    2 hours ago
    ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

    cruisemanau

    2 hours ago
    Such a great post!

    stefanomalachi

    3 hours ago
    It's fabulous :-)

    kirstenalana

    4 hours ago
    @solt.fatih Thank you so much!

    kirstenalana

    4 hours ago
    @leslie8989 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

    solt.fatih

    4 hours ago
    Super ๐Ÿ‘

    leslie8989

    4 hours ago
    @kirstenalana -- It's on my list Kirsten ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    @ohmygags Thank you!

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    @polkadotpassport Haha it's great right. "The best camera is the one that's with you." ๐Ÿ˜œ And this food tasted unreal but was so real ๐Ÿ˜‰

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    @cipri.travels I'm not always great at eating healthy but I know I feel better when I do. And I'm always inspired when I have meal like this, that are healthy but also delicious. Thanks for the comment ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
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  • kirstenalana

    December 3rd at 2:27pm

    I can't imagine a better start to my last day in India than seeing Goa by hot air balloon with @tigerballoonsafaris. The 3 AM wake up and the knowledge I wouldn't sleep again till I was back in NYC, was more than worth it when we crossed this river and I saw the palm trees emerging from fog, the balloon reflected in the water beneath us and felt the heat of the sun warm my face. It was my fifth time up in the air in a hot air balloon and the only thing that broke through my haze of happiness was wishing @dante.vincent was there to experience it with me. Our pilot Rita was AMAZING, rolling with the punches brought on by the heavy fog and occasional loss of wind, she managed to give us a glorious and safe 40 minutes over the tree tops, roads and waterways of rural Goa while waving to families below and even engaging in conversation with locals she knew. We didn't get as high as I have on other journeys but I loved that it was such a different experience. She is one of only 2 women in all of India to be able to pilot a hit air balloon with 16 years of training and certification from the U.K., it's her sister-in-law that is the only other woman in India who can do what she does! When we landed in the football field of a local school at the end of our journey, children came out to marvel at the balloon and the wonder on their faces was so incredible to see. To be reminded that something which I've been blessed to be able to do so many times, is a luxury not readily available to everyone. I found myself wishing I could pay to give some of them the experience we'd just had and it inspired some ideas I hope to be able to implement in the future! (I'm already working on it!) #escape2goa

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    @puanindya Thank you so much!

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    Awwww thanks dear ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ @polkadotpassport

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    @phillyrevive Thank you so much!

    phillyrevive

    7 hours ago
    Wonderful photo and story

    polkadotpassport

    9 hours ago
    Love it!!! Such a perfect capture of the reflection

    puanindya

    10 hours ago
    Whoaaa so brilliant!

    kirstenalana

    10 hours ago
    @leslie8989 Haha yay!! So glad to hear that! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    kirstenalana

    10 hours ago
    @thatkentuckygrl Thank you, Courtney!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    kirstenalana

    10 hours ago
    @vagabondpics Thank you so much!

    kirstenalana

    10 hours ago
    @jayneytravels Thank you, Jayne ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ˜Š
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  • kirstenalana

    December 2nd at 4:02pm

    For my last full night in Goa, the sun again managed to break through the haze, pull the clouds in and present a stunner of a sunset. We were driving the whole time and usually that might make a photographer sad but I felt elated as I hung my head out the window and let the warm breeze whip my hair from my face for an unobstructed view of the fields and towns lit by the setting sun. Palm trees became abstract modern art and birds swooped in and out of frame in what seemed like a slow dance. I didn't yet know how bittersweet the next day would be. All I knew at that moment was that I'd somehow managed to finally fall in love with India during #escape2goa ....

    dr9r6sg

    5 hours ago
    Very nice photo

    dr9r6sg

    5 hours ago
    Magnific place!!!magnific people !!!

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    Awww thanks Harish! @childishharish ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    @d3nry Thank you so much!

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    @chopsticksontheloose Thank you friends!

    childishharish

    13 hours ago
    This is indeed a banger! Wow

    d3nry

    13 hours ago
    Nice!
    Simply stunning shot

    kirstenalana

    1 day ago
    @obviousstate Thank you my friends. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    kirstenalana

    1 day ago
    @prathap_umesh So glad you think so. Thank you!
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  • kirstenalana

    December 1st at 1:39pm

    My last few days in India seemed to go by as fast as this couple on their motorcycle as we were driving through Goa. I started hanging out the window with my @getolympus camera always on, set to high speed capture, my heart racing, my mind on alert. I think I felt compelled to immortalize every moment since I'd spent so much of the trip merely looking, soaking it all in as we drove through the state from top to bottom, from one side to the other. I was on a mission I think! And the more I was the more I marveled at how fast the world moved around me as I moved through it. I saw a lot of couples like this as we drove and I kept my finger on the shutter. A man driving with a woman, sometimes a woman and a baby, barely holding on but balancing nonetheless as if it was the easiest thing in the whole world and not oh-so-dangerous. Sometimes it was two men, occasionally two women. The balancing act of those who commute by bike in Goa, weaving in and out of traffic at breakneck speeds, is simply incredible!! Also, someone commented on an earlier photo of mine that not a lot of women wear saris in Goa. This is just not true. It might not be as popular as in other parts of India because of the Portuguese influence but it is very popular nonetheless and another thing I loved was seeing the rainbow of colors represented. This woman's saree is one of my favorites and if you followed my Stories, you saw the Turquoise one that I bought before I left! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ #escape2goa

    childishharish

    13 hours ago
    It's quite a feat! I could do this back in my glory days :p

    judecb

    2 days ago
    Amazing post

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @chopsticksontheloose Never been but I can imagine it's the same!
    We were the same when in hanoi! The streets are crazy and there's a photo opportunity every second

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @sumsumjessi Sure does feel like it!

    sumsumjessi

    3 days ago
    Time is running always tooo fast.

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago
    @leslie8989 So very kind. Thank you, Leslie. Means the world to me.

    leslie8989

    3 days ago
    @kirstenalana - your welcome Kirsten -- when it comes to write ups - your the best I have come across here - honestly -- they are always fun to read and there is so much to learn from your travels ! But most importantly of all you have a keen eye that captures so much !! Love your work -- yes I'm a fan -- ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜Ž

    nomad_in_the_city

    3 days ago
    ๐Ÿ”ฅ
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  • kirstenalana

    November 30th at 2:47pm

    During our stay at @forttiracolheritagehotel we took a walking tour of the local village with one of the villagers, Angelo. It was so special to learn more about the area through the eyes of a local. From the grassy plateau overlooking the sea that's next to the Fort, to the seaside gathering area they all use for special events. He told us about the cross that sits on its own island far our from shore, a way for them to watch tide levels and a warning if the water level gets too high. We drank coffee together on the veranda of his home, spotted monkeys in the trees and tasted spices like tamarind freshly fallen from the limbs. It was hot in the sun and cool but humid in the shade. I loved the kaleidoskope of colors and the details that at times were so indicative of India, like this Kingfisher sign, yet at other times made me feel as if I was far away in a Latin country, like the prevalence of Catholic shrines. Rainer, who runs the hotel, employs mostly villagers at Fort Tiracol and does the same at his other properties. The walking tour is available to any guest, it wasn't special just for us. I can't directly quote him but I get the feeling he views the act of supporting the people of Goa, a mission that's as important as providing a beautiful and comfortable place for his guests to stay. Just like David at @casa_menezes_goa. These are the kinds of businesses and business owners that I want to support when I travel! What about you? ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ #escape2goa

    childishharish

    13 hours ago
    Loving your detailed captions! Keep it up

    judecb

    2 days ago
    really like your feed!

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @jakthornephoto Thank you so much!

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    Thank you! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโœจ @yuhuoficial

    yuhuoficial

    2 days ago
    superb!!

    jakthornephoto

    3 days ago
    Cool!

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago
    @leslie8989 ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    leslie8989

    3 days ago
    @kirstenalana ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago
    @dante.vincent I know you do. I love you for it.

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago
    @nomadicfare So glad you are too! And thanks dear.
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  • kirstenalana

    November 30th at 3:03am

    We were walking through the Saturday Night Market and I was thinking to myself that I wished I'd had more opportunities to capture portraits in Goa, when the mirrors on this woman's embroidered clothing caught a light source that reflected in another mirror, that nearly blinded me and turning to see what caused the disturbance I looked right at her. Seated toward the side of her booth with some kind of handiwork in her lap she was negotiating with another customer and I didn't feel I could interrupt. But for this woman, I also didn't want to steal a photo from afar with my zoom lens. I wanted something different. After some negotiation and a small purchase, we exchanged a few pleasantries and then she proudly stood in the middle of her shop, smirking, posing with a real twinkle in her eye. Every bit the way I'd assume a Gypsy might pose. I'm told that she comes to Goa during the high tourist season from farther North in India, Rajasthan in particular. She's not alone because after I met her, I saw many others like her in several other markets in Goa. I've been in places around the world where the word 'gypsy' does not have a positive reputation. And maybe it's the same in India, but no one wanted to tell me that. To me she's a human being that matters every bit as much as any other. The twinkle in her eye and the vibrancy of her outfit will stay with me long past the day my time in India ends.

    kirstenalana

    5 hours ago
    @childishharish I try. Haha. Thank you!

    childishharish

    13 hours ago
    You take such candid shots! Love it

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago
    @fleurishing I am too. But trying to get better. Thanks dear ๐Ÿ’›

    fleurishing

    3 days ago
    I'm always so shy about photographing people...this is beautiful!

    kirstenalana

    4 days ago
    @randomwalk_nyc I've never seen those puppets but now I'm intrigued! And he's the colors of India are just one of the things I love so much about the country.

    kirstenalana

    4 days ago
    Oh and Hervรฉ do you know @megandcook and @plus_une_miette who were with me in Goa?? @simonhs

    kirstenalana

    4 days ago
    @simonhs Merci ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    kirstenalana

    4 days ago
    @stacieflinner Awwww. I'm often too shy too. I'm really trying to work on that. Portraits sometimes tell a story more than a scene or landscape ever could. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    kirstenalana

    4 days ago
    @dante.vincent Thank you babe! I'm really glad you think so.

    randomwalk_nyc

    4 days ago
    I love the colors of India especially the sea of saris. Rajasthan is absolutely amazing... Her outfit reminds me of colorful wooden Rajasthani puppets... :)
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  • kirstenalana

    November 28th at 1:20pm

    Of all the places I visited, or stayed in, during #escape2goa the @forttiracolheritagehotel was my favorite. A boutique hotel owned by a fascinating German expat named Rainer who has called Goa home for many years now, Fort Tiracol is unlike anywhere else I've stayed anywhere in the world! We arrived under cover of darkness late into the night and my first memory is of falling into a cloud covered in a haze of mosquito netting in a suite that seemed like something out of a fairy tale decorated by Restoration Hardware. Complete with a bathroom that rivals million dollar condos! The next morning I awoke to church bells and remembered that as a historic place with protected status, the church in the middle of the Fort-turned-Hotel is still operational. We'd arrived in the middle of the night and awoken on Sunday. Like so much of Goa, the Fort's church is Catholic. Dragging myself from my cloud and stumbling down to the courtyard I witnessed mass unfold in front of the facade, under the sun, while the melody of the worshippers dressed in every color of the rainbow echoed off the ancient stone. I'm not Catholic but it was still beautiful and I felt privileged to be part of local tradition even if only by observation. On any other day of the week, the church is just another preserved historical element inside what was once a Portuguese fort, just another fascinating element in a place with endless details to discover that Rainer has helped to restore with the expertise of decades in hospitality and design on multiple continents. In the mornings, a view of the ocean and dolphins jumping in the distant waves is enough to distract from fresh pressed juice and the best coffee you can have in Goa (from an actual espresso machine, not powdered!!) -- but only barely. Fort Tiracol's food and beverage program is amongst the best I've had in any hotel on any continent. During a candlelit dinner with a tropical breeze stirring the palms, I had the best Indian Paneer I've ever had and when we finally had to check out, it took everything I had not to cry like a spoiled child. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @polkadotpassport It really was cool! I loved it.

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @leslie8989 WOW!! That's an incredible family history. And so much culture from such varying places. I've not been to Kenya, just neighboring Tanzania. But I've been interested in Kenya since I read Beryl Markham's book and books about her. She was an early female aviator born there before it became Kenya.

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @cananyasarx Aww thank you. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @piersgreatperhaps Too kind. Thank you!

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @childishharish Thank you so much, Harish.

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @sezgiolgac Haha yes you do!! Because I would love to see the images you'd capture in India. Do it for me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜œ

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @travlinmad Awww thank you! I'm so glad you do as I spend a lot of time on my captions.

    travlinmad

    5 days ago
    I love your vivid descriptions! Like the bed โœจ๐Ÿ˜„

    sezgiolgac

    5 days ago
    I need to visit India asap โค๏ธ

    childishharish

    5 days ago
    Wow. Awesome caption and pic
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  • kirstenalana

    November 27th at 1:54pm

    The same afternoon we spent at @olaulimbackyards, that I described in my last photo, I got to spend some time with @othellonine who I've followed on Instagram for a long time. Scott is a very talented photographer, especially at the kind of travel portraits I'd love to be better at, and throughout the trip we talked about photography a few times but it's really his personality that makes him enjoyable to be around. It was fun to finally meet him after all these years of having mutual friends but never crossing paths where he's from, my favorite city in Canada: Vancouver! Oh and he took my favorite photo of me from this trip ๐Ÿ˜‰ I particularly like it because I'm wearing my favorite shirt from American brand @lillypulitzer, yet all that day people were asking me if I'd bought it in India! ๐Ÿ’• Sometimes everything just comes together and this was one of those moments and Olaulim was the place. #escape2goa

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    Ha. That I can't promise but I'll try! ๐Ÿ˜˜ @montanamommy

    montanamommy

    2 days ago
    And when you're not around me!

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @montanamommy Haha. Good point. I'll try and smile more with an open mouth when I'm around you ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜œ

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @ab_photography_us So sweet. Thank you so much friends!! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @mihirkaushik Oh. Ok. Thanks!

    mihirkaushik

    3 days ago
    Thank you... I meant you letting immigrants know tat even when you are away from home ๐Ÿก you can still be close to them.

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago
    @rachelroams YOU ARE!! Seriously. But also thank you dear. Making my day over here.

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago
    @runwaychef And you are so so sweet. THANK YOU!!

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago
    @kirstentofficial Thank you so much my fellow Kirsten ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    kirstenalana

    3 days ago
    @brightbazaar You're so sweet. Thank you, Will. I still can't hold a candle to how well you always look in photos. But I am trying to be more comfortable in front of the camera. I still will always prefer to be behind it I think, all things being equal. Much love to you today.
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  • kirstenalana

    November 26th at 2:14pm

    One of my favorite parts of this trip to Goa was the afternoon and evening we spent at @olaulimbackyards for @isthisreal's birthday. From golden hour to sunset, the light was magical and when @megandcook & @plus_une_miette showed up in jewel toned sarees it gave us photographers so much to capture. There was something so exotic about that spot with the palm trees, the birds, the temple off in the distance and the haze that the constant fires of India creates. Yet it was all too familiar as well. I've been on a hundred lakes and on twice as many boats in my lifetime. It was the familiar and the exotic wrapped up in a beautiful few hours that ended far too soon. Check out #escape2goa to see more of the photos that were created that night and please check out Olaulim. It's one of the most special places we discovered during this trip and owned by a wonderful family. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @runwaychef Awwww. Yay. Glad you like it. Thank you, Alyssa!! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    runwaychef

    5 days ago
    Everything about this photo- the colors, the scenery, the caption-just beautiful ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

    kirstenalana

    5 days ago
    @leslie8989 Thank you, Leslie!

    leslie8989

    7 days ago
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ“ท

    kirstenalana

    7 days ago
    @carissa_burton Thanks dear ๐Ÿ’›

    kirstenalana

    7 days ago

    kirstenalana

    7 days ago
    Thank you! @kannolisuresh

    kirstenalana

    7 days ago
    @zenitbudapest Thank you!

    kirstenalana

    7 days ago
    @olaulimbackyards ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Hope to be back one day for longer.

    olaulimbackyards

    8 days ago
    Thank you Kirsten it was lovely to have you over!!
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  • kirstenalana

    November 26th at 5:52am

    I had to laugh when, a few days after I posted the sunset photo from the flooded fields where I said it's always hazy in Goa, we were driving past Ashvem beach on the way to @forttiracolheritagehotel and I looked over to see the sky showing off in brilliant jewel tones, punctuated by all kinds of clouds and even a planet or two twinkling in the dusk. We all asked the driver to stop and I think I was out the door running toward the ocean before the car was fully stopped!! So brilliant was the sunset that night, this photo taken with my @getolympus camera barely needed any editing. It was Thanksgiving in the USA yesterday and if I have only one thing to be grateful for it's that I get to witness moments like this all over the world on a regular basis and that you're here so I can share them with you. I hope you enjoy. #escape2goa

    kirstenalana

    2 days ago
    @runwaychef Thank you! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    runwaychef

    5 days ago
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    kirstenalana

    5 days ago
    @ezachung That's so kind. Thank you, Eza!

    kirstenalana

    5 days ago
    Thank you dear ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’• @whatalexloves

    kirstenalana

    5 days ago
    A lot of photos of you. I'd look to someone who has a similar feed if it's advice you need. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks for the comment. @lika_spivakovska

    kirstenalana

    5 days ago
    @siniciliya Thank you!

    ezachung

    6 days ago
    Your caption is so beautiful! โค

    whatalexloves

    7 days ago
    ๐Ÿ’•

    lika_spivakovska

    7 days ago
    I would really appreciate if you could check my account as well :)

    siniciliya

    7 days ago
    @kirstenalana they are wonderful and so are you โค๏ธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒด
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