i have yet to go anywhere truly considered exotic (and i think the list of possibilities in this ever-shrinking world is likewise shrinking), but:
next in the 30 Days of Indie Travel project
my best friend from high school got married in 2002 in coimbatore, india, and i was invited (the only non-family member to come from the states). i basically paid for my plane ticket and everything else was taken care of. i didn’t stay in hotels, didn’t eat restaurant food (until the last day, when i pretty much downed a whole pizza hut pizza [hungry, kya?] by myself). i lived like the locals because i lived with the locals.
i only had my camcorder(!) with me and i don’t have any good shots of the wedding itself, but a while back i put together this video.
i remember being in a circle and dancing with a heavy cone-shaped gold thing on my head.