photo essay: faces of varanasi

In 2012 I watched a program on TV that gave me my first introduction to Varanasi, India’s holiest city and the world’s oldest living city. The travel program followed National Geographic Magazine Read More …

photo of the week: “benares billy goat” – varanasi, india

Featured City This Month: Varanasi, India   You just blink in Varanasi and you miss something incredible and out of the ordinary….but if you keep your eyes wide open you Read More …

varanasi food trail – no.2

It’s all about the dhud in Varanasi. All over Varanasi you will see huge cauldrons of milk (called dhud in Hindi and pronounced “dood”) starting to bubble and boil late in Read More …

dengue fever blues

I consider myself a pretty seasoned solo female traveler …..who, most recently, has been living in India for the last two years. I have developed a pretty thick skin in an Read More …

photo of the week: “the joy of spices” – Varanasi, india

Featured City This Month: Varanasi, India The bags of colorful and aromatic spices in the Indian markets are a joy! The colors are like a painters palette, vibrant and alive, Read More …

Varanasi food trail – No.1

Varanasi is a riot of sounds, flavors, colorful characters, vocal shopkeeper, cows lazying about and narrow bustling lanes winding through the old city like a serpent in the city of Read More …

an expat “indian summer”

This has definitely been the year of “firsts”. The first year I have run a guest house (in India, no less) and the first (and hopefully, last) time I got Read More …

my barefooted dentist

One of my greatest fears while I’ve been living in India these past two years has been getting sick or needing medical attention. I had the same fear when I Read More …