Paris in a day? What is this, the Amazing Race?

One day for the capitol of one of the world’s most frequented and historic countries? How is this possible? Well, we attempted it a week or so back when we hit Paris for a day. We started our day in the City of Lights exhausted from our red eye from Bangalore. We still had a…

This is Madness

A word of warning…this is long and somewhat of a rant. I wrote it while still in India, but my anger and frustration haven’t diminished since my departure. India has taken hold of me and she won’t let go. My head is swimming, my heart is broken, and I can’t figure out how I feel…

Ride at Your Own Risk

Not because Asian drivers are any worse, or any better than the average but because our first housemate was Asian and drove with a reckless abandon which was made all the more funny as she was 4′!0 and could barely be seen over her steering wheel…. Early in the trip I might have made a comment or two about the crazy chinese drivers who think they are on a race track, or maybe joke about the Cambodians who pile 20 people in and on a mid-sized car, or the Vietnamese who have figured out how to compress space and get 6 or 7 people on one motorbike…. In our short two months there I saw more roadside carnage than I would see in 5 years in the US. We saw two truck accidents, multiple car on car accidents one truck on person aftermath (not a happy site) and one horrific truck on bus accident…. At one point I was walking on the side of the road going with traffic in the opposite direction was an auto-rickshaw on the far shoulder, a bus in the far lane, one car in the near lane and another car in my shoulder all 4 of them coming directly at me.

The Church That Wouldn’t Shut Up

After making the 24 hour pass through Mumbai and fortunately averting any bombings on our train, we boarded a plane back south to the beautiful state of Kerala, fondly known to its inhabitants by the spiritually elitist nickname of “God’s Own Country” (after all, how are all of us from other places supposed to feel…

Snakes on a Train

We started our adventures with trains a while back in China and have had many experiences with them since then. We’ve taken trains across China, Vietnam and Thailand, some of which were lacking in the cleanliness department. When I heard we would be taking a train in India from Jodhpur to Mumbai I expected the…

Rajasthani Roundup

Of all the regions in India, I chose Rajasthan as a top destination for us based on its rich and romantic history. The state that constitutes the country’s far west is brimming with rugged Mughal forts and refined Maharajas’ palaces. Here at the crossroads of India and the Middle East, countless battles were waged, won,…