20 Things I’ve Learned From 2 Years Of Traveling

August 10, 2013


Today marks two years of happy homelessness for me. As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. I must use this opportunity to thank the countless wonderful people who have so enriched me with their generosity, love, and kindness – especially the strangers who have opened their homes and hearts to me along […]

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Photo Friday – The Worst Toilet Paper Brand Name In The World – Debrecen, Hungary

August 9, 2013

The Worst Toilet Paper Brand Name In The World - Taken 7-Aug-2013 - Debrecen, Hungary

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Speaking At IIT Gandhinagar – Ahmedabad, India

August 6, 2013

A Picture With The Students

I was supposed to stay with my friend in Ahemedabad but two days before getting there he told me he couldn’t host me. Family was coming in from out of town and there was no space. Though not ideal, I took a couple hours and searched for a couch in couchsurfing. In the end, a […]

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Goa – Portugal’s Piece Of India

August 4, 2013

A Street In Panjim

Goa. It’s a small state in India often referred to as an entity entirely. I had never heard of Panjim, the capital of Goa. I didn’t even know Goa was a state until the day before I went there, thinking that it was just a city in the state of Maharashtra. But yes, this is […]

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Photo Friday – Follow The Yellow Brick Road – Debrecen, Hungary

August 2, 2013

Follow The Yellow Brick Road - Taken 31-Jul-2013 - Debrecen, Hungary

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Crashing A Several Thousand Year Old Cult’s Festival In Kannur, India

July 30, 2013

Ready To Roll

My friend asked if I wanted to see a “Theyyam.” Whatever the case may be, living a life maximizing experiences, I always say yes. My goodness. I had no idea what I was in store for. We arrived to see a couple hundred people gathered around a temple. Drummers were playing rhythmic beats and everyone […]

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Photo Friday – Balloon Out My Window – Debrecen, Hungary

July 26, 2013

Balloon Out My Window - Taken 22-Jul-2013 - Debrecen, Hungary

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Laughing In The Face Of Violence In Kochi, India

July 23, 2013

no more violence

In Kochi, Kerala I was walking down the street one evening to get some dinner. The street was narrow, but there was a functioning sidewalk – a bit of a rarity for India. I was walking behind two ladies. I’d guess they were in their 50’s and both were easily identifiable as Muslims from their […]

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A Day In The Kerala Backwaters

July 21, 2013

Pushing The Boat With A Bamboo Pole

Kerala is a special place in India. The people are educated. In fact, it’s the state with the highest literacy rate. Some estimate as much as 10% of the population is working abroad. The local language is Malayalam, but if the people there speak a second language it’s English, not Hindi. There also seemed to […]

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Photo Friday – Mother And Daughter In Nature – Debrecen, Hungary

July 19, 2013

Mother And Daughter In Nature - Taken 18-Jul-2013 - Debrecen, Hungary

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Pondicherry: The French Were In India..Even After Independence?

July 16, 2013


Pondicherry, or Puducherry as it’s known locally in Tamil, was the largest French colony in India. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, somehow the French managed to hang on to Pondicherry until 1954, a full seven years after India got independence from the British. Today it’s more famous for being the setting for the […]

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Rasana: Engineer, Mom, Wife, Volunteer, Author, Traveler, AWESOME

July 14, 2013

Rasana And I

When I told a friend of mine from college that I was heading to India, she immediately told me I had to visit Hyderabad and meet her aunt. Her aunt is an engineer turned writer and it seemed like a great opportunity to meet someone awesome! I couldn’t have appreciated how awesome she really is […]

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Photo Friday – Budapest At Night – Budapest, Hungary

July 12, 2013


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Volunteering With AMURT At The Pundag, India Railway Station

July 9, 2013


As I mentioned in my previous post about the Indian ashram I stayed at, it’s very rural and remote. The local train station, for example, has no drinking water facility. In almost every other Indian train station you can find huge water fountains with four sides and capacity to serve several water drinkers at a […]

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Stories Of Happiness Pursuers – Anita & Richard

July 7, 2013

Anita & Oliver At Home In Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

The Pursuit of Happiness is something innate to all humans, but we all go about it in different ways. In this series of articles people from every walk of life share their experience of making the decision to be happy, grabbing life by the horns, and taking the plunge into a happier and healthier life. If […]

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Photo Friday – A Cyprus That Could Have Been – Karpaz, Cyprus

July 5, 2013

A Mosque And A Church In Karpaz

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A Week At An Indian Ashram

July 2, 2013


After finally reaching the ashram a day late due to some confusion with two cities having almost the same name near each other, I arrived at the ashram, called Ananda Marga. The first thing I noticed was the uniform the monks wear. It’s an orange robe, orange turban, and they all have long beards. As […]

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