NOMAD OF THE WEEK : JUDY ROSS : FAVORITE DESTINATIONS
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NOMAD OF THE WEEK : JUDY ROSS : CHARITY NOMAD OF THE WEEK : JUDY ROSS : TRAVEL TIPS
  What is your favorite destination?
I have a few. All over India – the Imperial Hotel in Delhi and Samode Palace and the Samode Haveli in Jaipur are particularly amazing. Paris. Rome. Tulum (I stay at Suenos Tulum – it’s incredible). Milanville, New York. And the W Hotel in the Maldives.

What has been the most awe-inspiring moment you’ve experienced while traveling?
Holi in India. It is ‘a festival of color’ that welcomes spring within Hindu communities around the time of the March full moon. It is a religious holiday – a celebration of spring’s colors and the passing of winter – and is commemorated with public bonfires and the throwing of colored dyes. I have wonderful memories of color being thrown all around and on me. In Ladakh, India, I had to take an early morning flight and the airport is located inside two mountain ranges. Standing outside the plane, I saw the full moon on one side and the sun rising on the other side. It was magical.
 
Trinidad Carnival. I stayed with a friend in a section of town called Laventille so I really experienced Carnival with the locals. You spend three days not sleeping at all. All around the city everyone is partying and confetti is being thrown. But you wake up the next morning after it all to find the entire city has been cleaned up and it seems as if nothing had happened. One year, Peter Minshall, a famous Trinidadian Mas costume designer dressed everyone in white cotton long-fringed outfits. When they took to the stage at the football stadium -his Mas is one of the largest so it was over 1,000 people– the people had plastic ketchup bottles full of different food coloring. The music went on and everyone started to dance and squeeze his or her color around. The stage started out as a field of white cloth and soon turned to red, yellow, purple, blue and green. It was like a live "spin-art"…such a vibrant, visual delight.


 
May 2013