The Skinny on India

Many of you have been begging for more details on what our life is like here in India, especially after we voiced our uncertainty about what to expect. I have a list of about 8 posts I’m working on to explain it all, but we’ve been spending so much time with the kids of RSO,…

Taking RSO to the Beach

On holidays and saturdays the kids of RSO get to go to the beach. It is a wonderful wide open beach, with just a few differences from your ordinary American beach. Technorati Tags: Beach, Chennai, Comic, India, Rising Star Outreach, Round the world, Round-the-world, RTW

When A Musical Is All There Is…

It probably wasn’t the movie itself, but the atmosphere and the experience.One night at the volunteer home Raja (a boy who recently graduated high school and lives at the home) invited us to go see a Tamil movie with him and some women from the home…. On the way Raja explained that the most popular Tamil ‘hero’ (Indians use this term instead of actor) would be starring in the movie we would see and that his movies generally stay in theaters for over a year, that’s right a year…. After the song the movies story was played out before our eyes, but we could hardly understand anything and had to simply guess with little hints from the few english words thrown in here and there…. Changes gangs about three times, kills the largest gang leader in India (also the most popular villian actor in India, hence the loads of cheers) and turns out to be an undercover cop.

Holy Cow! We’re in India!

Of all the places we are going to visit in our 11 months on the road, India is the one which inspires the greatest excitement and the greatest fear. We have visited with dozens of travelers who claim it to be both the best and worst of their lifetime travel experience. We know we love…

Top 6 Things We Learned in Laos

We love Laos and can’t wait to get back someday. Here are a few things we learned while we were there: 1. Just because there’s an “s” at the end of a country’s name doesn’t mean you pronounce it. 2. Never give your kids chocolate milk before taking an 8-hour van ride through the mountains.…

Top 6 Things for Families to Do in Laos

Laos is a quiet, beautiful country that could keep a traveler busy for many weeks. Too bad we only had one. Many people we met trekked on elephants, explored caves, and swam in pools beneath waterfalls. We managed to fit in a crowdpleasing tube trip down the Nam Song River at Vang Vieng, which ranked…