Breakfast dishes from eagle eye view

Most Delicious Breakfasts Around the World

If you’ve traveled far from home, you might be able to relate to the unique exhaustion that is jetlag. If you skip too many time zones, it can throw off your entire circadian rhythm and mess with your meal schedule. But, if you want to get moving and see what you came to see, you need

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Foto Friday: Joy To The World

Having relived some painful memories in my last post, today’s Foto Friday post is all about joy. Capturing true moments of happiness, few words are needed as the pictures truly speak for themselves. Take a moment and think about how your smile can bring joy to others. I find myself smiling just looking at these

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In London with a horse (age 24)

Tourists Aren’t The Problem, Jerks Are

I’m going to say something controversial: It’s time to embrace tourists. Stop expecting those who come to see where you live to know how to behave as you would like. Embrace anyone who has the gumption to get up and go and visit a new place. Let yourself be a tourist of your own homeland, see your neighborhood with new eyes.

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Homesickness – Life On The Move

I’m at the age now where everyone is having kids on purpose, at least three times a week someone I know on Facebook is getting engaged, and every weekend someone posts wedding pictures. Some people I know play bridesmaid in multiple weddings each summer, and my family and friends are all moving towards a life

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Dangers of Being a Female Traveler and Valuing Caution

Tara Isabella Burton wrote a beautiful piece for Salon called the “Dangers of traveling while female” in which she accurately describes the inner monologue of the female traveler. She recounts not only her own experience, but mine as well. To be a savvy female traveler is to be constantly aware, consistently suspicious, and sometimes abruptly rude. I too know that I am an intruder in the public space in many places that I travel, following my own “internal set of rules” I always stay in female only dorms or opt for a single room in hostels.

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Snow Spotted Mountains and Himalayan Goodbyes

Summer 2007, Himalayas, India The last day’s class had nothing to do with lessons. It was my turn to learn from them. They were fluent in unconditional love. Not wanting me to see her cry, Sonum Dolma smiled up at me and pushed her face into the crux of my arm. With so many women

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Guy Faux Burning Oxford, England

5 Times I Just Went With It

Sometimes, when you travel or live abroad you aren’t really sure what’s going on. As I’ve recently admitted, my signature pose says, “I have no idea what’s going on but I’m excited.” You might kind of get it, but mainly you just go with it. Kind of like when Alejandro told me he was going to throw

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The Taj Mahal, Fatephur Sikri, and Traveling Friends

Previously, I wrote about touters and haggling over rickshaw prices in Agra, India. It wasn’t always such a hassle to get around and I wasn’t always alone. I made friends with some fellow travelers. Flashback to visiting the Taj Mahal, I had just walked away from a man who was being a big sleazy towards me,

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Himalayan Memories: Trying To Capture Every Moment

Summer 2007, Himalayas, India “Sometimes you will never know the value of a  moment until it becomes a memory.” [Dr. Seuss] I am passionate about traveling and I could not imagine my life without it. It is my passion in life, to explore the world. It is not always easy though. Today I’m posting a

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Haggling & Cultural Barriers Part II – Navigating India

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman India was truly life changing for me, but it was not easy. Without the challenge I would not have grown into the globe trotter that I am today. That said,

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Taj Mahal, Haggling, and Cultural Barriers: Adventures in India

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” [John Steinbeck] A few days ago I wrote about culture shock in India and how difficult it was to not be overwhelmed by the experience. Another hard thing to learn was how to haggle and be firm to

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Lost & Ignorant: Culture Shock in Delhi, India

There are a lot of monkeys in Delhi. I’m a seasoned traveler, now, but 6 years ago on my second international excursion that was definitely not the case. I went to India back in 2007, I was going there to teach but I wanted to travel before my volunteer program started, alone. I’m not going

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Why I Can’t Sit Still: Finding Comfort in Globe Trotting

When I tell people the places I’ve traveled and the places I’m planning to go, I’m met with some version of surprise. Whether it is excitement and interest or concern and confusion, the fact that I keep moving from place to place always elicits some sort of response. In the last 7 years, I’ve been

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Hollywood superstardom, of course it overshadows

In the making of Eat, Pray, Love the movie, Julia Roberts is upsetting the locals in India where she is shooting. We have become so ethnocentric, no, we have become so famouscentric that anything to do with the media and movies and money, overshadows the real world. The issue is that it is currently some

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