photo of the week: “pickles anyone?” – varanasi, india

The Featured City This Month: Varanasi, India   Varanasi locals love to eat anything pickled. Achar refers to anything that is pickled – onions, tomato, garlic, mango, green mango and 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 …

photo of the week: “baba” – varanasi, india

Featured City This Month: Varanasi, India     Varanasi is the holiest Hindu city in India. It is full of colorful Baba’s who have given away all their worldly goods and 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 …

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 …