photo of the week: “goan jungle mushrooms”

Featured This Month: Goan Cuisine My lovely Goan neighbors got a large stash of local Goan mushrooms fresh from the jungle that were absolutely amazing, delicate and flavorful. They were kind enough Read More …

Top 5 Things to Do in Margao (Goa, India)

When your iPhone dies in India causing your work life to come crashing to a halt AND you have to travel one hour to fix it, what to do? Make the most of Read More …

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 …

7 day itinerary: what to see & do in goa, india (part two)….. where to stay, tips, & more

Goa is a small state. Traveling from north to south by car only takes about 2-1/2 hours. It is easiest to address Goa by doing the north first and then Read More …

7 day Itinerary: What To See & Do In Goa, India

Day 1 – North Goa 1) Explore Your Neighborhood – Take time to settle in and explore the area you are staying in. Stroll through the lively shopping areas, have 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 …