Un Peu de Français à Pondicherry

This past weekend, I traveled 8 hours east to the cute little coastal town of Pondicherry in the state of Tamil Nadu. Famous for its French influence (it is a former French colony) and Auroville international community, Pondicherry is a laid-back relaxing getaway. It doesn’t provide the kind of paradise that most people look for…

Me in the Newspaper?!??!

The funniest things happen here. Two days ago, it was one of the intern (Leah)’s last day in Bangalore. To bid her farewell, a few of us got together at a hotel near our apartment where a friend happened to be performing with his band. But what seemed to be a low-key night with a…

India – One Month In

I can’t believe it’s already been a little over a month since I first arrived in Bangalore. Time flies so fast I’m beginning to realize that 5 months is not enough to really get to know India. This country is so broad, so diverse, I now know I cannot judge it through a short stay…

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013

Lonely Planet just published a great free e-book for facebook and twitter followers on Travel Destinations for 2013. Check it out here. It’s also really interesting to read the interviews of founders of different travel guide publications. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Tony Wheeler (co-founder of Lonely Planet): “It’s only when you…

A Weekend in Hampi

Hampi is a small town in the northern part of the state of Karnataka, famous for its boulder-strewn landscape and temple ruins. Once the capital of the Vijayanagar empire, it is now a popular tourist destination for both Indians and foreigners who come to visit the remnants of this holy city’s prosperous past.

Kitsch Mandi

Last Sunday, one of our interns was working at an event in Bangalore called Kitsch Mandi. I was told it was some kind of monthly flea market, which didn’t particularly interest me, but to support her, I decided to stop by for a little bit. What I found at “Pebbles Jungle Lounge”, where it was…

Hello India

Chaotic and vibrant, overwhelming and intoxicating, India is unlike any other country I’ve been to. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I dislike it, sometimes I’m awed by it, sometimes I’m frustrated with it…never have I ever experienced such varied emotions in a new place as I have here during this week in the Motherland. This…

Reunion in Colombo!

My flight from Thailand to India had a 24hour layover in Sri Lanka. Lucky for me, a good friend of mine from New York had moved there a while back, so I got to have a spontaneous mini-reunion in his hometown of Colombo. 🙂 Though I had a short time there, we got to do…

Saying Goodbye to Thailand

Saying goodbye to Thailand was hard. I know I’ve said that about every place I’ve been to – clearly I fall for places quite easily – but there was something special about Thailand. Part of the reason behind this gap year was to help me better understand my identity. Because of my varied cross-cultural upbringing,…