A woman plays with an alpaca in a meadow at the Alpaca Land farm in Goeming, near Salzburg, Austria, on Friday. Eighty-seven alpacas live on the Austrian farm, forming the biggest flock in the nation. Kerstin Joensson/AP
An Afghan boy plays with a toy gun on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. Ahmad Nazar/AP
Director Takashi Shimizu attends an award ceremony for 3D movies at the 67th Venice Film Festival in Italy on Friday. Tony Gentile/Reuters
A balloon seller waits for customers outside the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India, on Friday, the eve of Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Saurabh Das/AP
People visit the World of Dinosaurs exhibition at Pechersk Landscape Park in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday. The international project, which has already been visited by 10 million people in Germany, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and other countries, exhibits 62 prehistoric animals in their natural sizes. Gleb Garanich/Reuters
Lock Brad Thorn juggles three balls during the New Zealand All Blacks captain's run rugby union training session at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, Australia, on Friday. New Zealand and Australia will face off in the final Tri-Nations rugby match on Saturday. Rick Rycroft/AP
On the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays a model of the World Trade Center's twin towers in the northern Indian city of Amritsar on Friday. Gill said that he has made the model as a tribute to the people who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 attacks. Munish Sharma/Reuters
Bullet holes are seen as a part of the artwork "the passage for light" in the latest exhibition of Japanese artist Yoko Ono in Berlin, Germany, on Friday. Ono's new installation centers on a perfectly round bullet hole shot through a large pane of glass, which John Lennon's widow says challenges viewers to confront "incredible violence and abuse" in the world today. The installation by the artist is titled "Das Gift" - a play on the word's meaning in English, a present, and German, poison. Gero Breloer/AP
President Obama pauses as he speaks during a nationally televised news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on Friday. Obama named Austan Goolsbee as the new head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Jason Reed/Reuters
A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., on Thursday evening. Firefighters from San Bruno and surrounding cities battled the blaze that started on a hillside and has consuming homes. Paul Sakuma/AP
People light candles at the site of the suicide car attack in a square outside a market in Vladikavkaz, Russia, on Friday. Thursday's bombing near the central market of the capital of the North Ossetia republic was the most serious attack in Russia since the March subway bombings in Moscow that killed 40 people. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
Miners read newspapers and magazines inside Las Cuevas mine near the town of Velilla del Rio Carrion, Spain, on Friday. Fifty Spanish coal miners 1,640-feet underground are staging the ninth day of a strike over unpaid wages and government aid to the coal industry. Victor R. Caviano/AP
As the summer travel season begins,we asked Monitor writers, past and present, to tell us about places that have moved them the most. Their postcards take us from a walking safari in Zambia to the monasteries of Bulgaria to a marathon in Havana.
The tranquility of floating among flowers in the turbulent land of Kashmir
It was 6 in the morning, and the only sound I could hear was the rhythmic dip ... dip ... dip of the heart-shaped paddle of our guide, Lasa, into the murky waters of Dal Lake in Kashmir.