Monthly Archives: May 2012

Join Us In India!

We’ve mentioned several times on this blog that day-to-day touring in India is difficult. What’s it like here? Rather than just tell you, we’ve arranged to teleport you to India for a day. Hang on tight… WWWWHHHOOOOOOOSSSSHHHHHH! Welcome to India. … Continue reading

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Holy Cows!

Hindus consider the cow holy. Their highest-ranking god (out of 30 million), Shiva, used the mighty bull as his mode of transportation. Worship the god, worship his vehicle. The streets of Delhi are said to have 40,000 cows roaming about, … Continue reading

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City of Death

Varanasi is all about death. Hindus pilgrimage here to die, believing that cremation in this ancient city breaks the reincarnation cycle and allows the soul to finally be at peace. It also keeps a strong firewood industry going. We arrived in … Continue reading

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Brotherly Love

We saw it everywhere in India. Men holding hands. A guy walking down the street with his arm around another guy. I noticed it, and it surprised me- funny how ingrained that Puritanical American attitude can be. This isn’t necessarily … Continue reading

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The Din of Dinner

India isn’t exactly known for its peace and quiet.

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Orchha to the Ganges

Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi, Agra. We have been traveling India’s well-worn tourist trail. Until now. Our itinerary includes some intriguing, out-of-the-way stops: the small town of Orchha, followed by two days of boating down the Ganges. Orchha, often fought-over in the … Continue reading

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Just One Photo?

It started in Thailand. Giggly school kids would approach us and ask, “One photo?” At first I thought they were asking us to take a photo of them. When I answered yes, the kid would rush to my side and … Continue reading

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The Taj Ma-freakin-hal

The Taj Mahal worried me. How could it possibly live up to its associations with grandeur, romance, awe? The second day of our guided tour started at Agra Fort, a walled city captured and lost by emperors across the centuries. … Continue reading

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Doing What We’re Told (and Loving It)

Traveling independently takes work. Booking hotels, researching future destinations, and even deciding where to eat three times a day can wear you down. Knowing that India presents extra challenges, we have taken the plunge and signed up for a guided … Continue reading

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Mainland Madness

We interrupt our India coverage with this China News Update. Today, we left the comforts of Hong Kong behind and hopped to the mainland… a magical place where Facebook and YouTube are blocked. The Facebook workaround that our friend Sherilyn … Continue reading

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