Mar 042014
 
Can You Believe the Size of This Hole in the Ground?

In the romantic Indian state of Rajasthan, in the dusty village of Abhaneri, there lies a massive hole in the ground. To be specific, this hole is called Chand Baori, and is one of the largest ancient step-wells in the world, plummeting down 100 feet to slurp water from the earth for the thirsty local population.

The well is around 1,200 years old (wowza!), constructed in 800 C.E. by King Chandra of the [...Read More!]

Feb 092014
 
The Original Exploration We ALL Took, Illustrated

One reason we travel is the thrill of seeing something we never thought imaginable. An elephant on a highway in India! A child balancing a hulking computer on his head in Ghana! Eating a giant fried spider in China! But chasing and seeing these foreign sights is so exhilarating, sometimes we forget the original exploration we all undertook: our own bodies.

As you see from the photo above, my sweet two month old [...Read More!]

Jan 302014
 
Wow! I Never Thought I'd See THAT On The Road...

As I re-learn to drive with a new baby in the car here in Boston, I thank my lucky stars I am not re-learning to drive in India, which has some of the most hectic roadways I have ever seen.

Check out these shocking (well, for my sheltered American eyes) vehicular sights from our teacher tour of India last year…

Wowza. Doesn’t India bring “diversity in action” to a whole new level? So, which of these modes of [...Read More!]

Jan 092014
 
My Face Is on a Restaurant Advertisement in Africa?!

WHOA! Without my knowledge, I have become the face of a restaurant advertisement in West Africa?!

Late last night I received a shocking message from my friend Alicia, who had been traveling in Africa. “Lillie!” the message read, “Flying down the street in the car on my way to Bojo Beach in Ghana, we passed this sign. I screamed out loud, ‘I KNOW THAT GIRL!’ Are you aware that you are the face [...Read More!]

Jan 012014
 
Which Types of Posts Go Viral? 10 Examples of the Year.

Using the magic of Google Analytics, a website owner like myself can, at any time, peep at a live map of who is on which pages of her blog.

For example, right now I can see that there is a visitor to my site from Australia, and two people are reading my new baby photos article.

Seeing these stats swirl and shift is more exciting for blogging geeks like me than watching a live [...Read More!]

Dec 082013
 
Why Do New Parents Disappear? See This Graphic...

When humans travel to certain places, certain things inevitably happen. Folks who voyage to West Africa often return with a vibrant African print cloth shirt or dress. Travelers to Vietnam rarely leave without scarfing down Pho soup. And new parents who enter Newborn Baby world nearly always… disappear.

I witnessed this New-Parent-Vanishing numerous times over in the last decade, always from the outside. Coworkers who were models of excellent communication went utterly [...Read More!]

Dec 022013
 
You Gotta Experience It to Get It, With Travel and Baby

Until actually getting close enough to touch something, all you can see is its outline; all you know are rumors.

Before we traveled to India, people gushed about the colors, smells, history, and animals we would encounter… but it wasn’t until we were standing right there in the middle of New Delhi, sucking in the thick, scented air, hearing honks scream, and ogling the street monkeys (monkeys?!) that I began to “get” India. Flickers of [...Read More!]

Nov 182013
 
Scarfing a Wagamama Feast While Waiting to Give Birth

How do you spend your time when you’re nine months pregnant, Maternity Leave has started, and you could give birth ANY MINUTE?

1) The number one answer is: EAT. The baby needs nutrients to enter the world powerfully, right? Right. Happily, my husband Colin and I were just invited to the grand opening of the Lynnfiend, Massachusetts location of the delicious pan-Asian restaurant, Wagamama.

Wagamama restaurants are already famous in the UK (which [...Read More!]

Oct 272013
 
Dealing With Smells During India Travel. (Yes, You Must)

I am REALLY glad that we traveled to India before I got pregnant. A bionic sense of smell is a major pregnancy symptom, and given the infamous odors of India, that would have been a problem.

Yes, it is true that India has more smells– both delicious and noxious– than any other country you may visit. Why? See the photo above for four reasons: street animals (and their resulting dung), vehicle traffic, [...Read More!]

Oct 022013
 
Amazing Fashion of Women Doing Manual Labor in India

India has the most beautiful clothing in the world. Its embrace of color, drape, and texture makes the heart dance! What I didn’t realize before our December teacher tour of India, however, was the fact that many woman in India wear these remarkable clothes even when doing arduous manual labor.

What this means is that wherever you go in India, there are female manual laborers — bricklayers, hedge cutters, roadside merchants, farmers, [...Read More!]