Jun 102013
 
12 Strange, Funny Pregnancy Symptoms of Months 1-4

I am lying in bed at 8pm trying to write an article about pregnancy symptoms without falling asleep. “Well, that’s fitting,” grins my husband, Colin. Too true. So let’s get right to it so I can snooze! Here are:

12 odd symptoms from my first four months of pregnancy:

1. Sneezing. Seriously?! For reasons of increased blood flow and volume, pregnant lady noses get puffier and sneezing happens. What a silly symptom!

2. Not looking pregnant. It [...Read More!]

Jun 012013
 
Lovely Glass Architecture of Downtown Toronto, Canada

Hello from Toronto, Canada, where I am rocking out my third annual TBEX Travel Blogging Conference with 1,300 of my favorite writers and travel companies from around the world!

Yesterday I had the privilege of going on an architecture photo walk thanks to See Toronto Now, and what a feast for the eyes it was! For those who know the building I deemed #1 sexiest architecture in Boston, you may already have gleaned that [...Read More!]

May 272013
 
Mansions of Newport, Rhode Island: Great or Upsetting?

How should the super-rich use their money? Touring the famous mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, recently, half of me screamed, “You people spent your money on THIS?! Think of the world problems you could have solved with all that loot!” But my other half shyly whispered, “Sure, but it’s awesome that this sight exists. My eyes are happy!”

Tourists aren’t allowed to take photos inside the Newport mansions, but the innards are [...Read More!]

May 192013
 
We Can Finally Reveal the Happy News: I'm Pregnant!

YAY! After three long months of awkwardly hiding my nausea, fatigue, and increasingly poofy waistline, my husband Colin and I can finally announce: we are expecting our first baby this November… and we are so excited!!!!

As we walked through Boston’s Lilac Sunday in the Arnold Arboretum (aren’t these flower photos gorgeous?) with our mothers on Mothers’ Day, I thought back with a chuckle to 2010 when I was traveling [...Read More!]

May 122013
 
Challenge: Why Is This Wall Decoration in India Genius?

“Why is the decoration in this alley so smart?” our New Delhi guide asked our India teacher tour group with an evil smile.

The seven of us clumped together in the tiny yellow alley, staring at the porcelain tiles showing Buddha, Jesus Christ, Ganesh, and assorted other deities. We were stumped.

We knew India has a passion for religion (or rather, a sea of many religions), but why would someone want to hang all these religious [...Read More!]

May 042013
 
Why People Tell You Not to Visit Vermont in April...

“So… now is not a good time to come here,” the Vermont native told me, trying to break the news gently.

“What are you talking about?” I retorted. “I love Vermont! I’m sure any time of year is lovely.”

“See, the thing is…” the gal tried again, “April here is not like our beautiful Winter, Fall, or Summer. It’s just kind of… brown.”

“Pshaw!” I scoffed. With that, Colin and I piled our suitcases [...Read More!]

Apr 282013
 
The Tallest Brick Minaret in the World: Qutb Minar, India

Did you know that in 2006, more tourists visited Qutb Minar than the Taj Mahal? Though lesser-known to foreign tourists, Qutb Minar contains the tallest brick minaret in the world, and wields a hypnotic power, particularly on a misty Delhi day like the one when our India teacher tour visited.

Qutb Minar reaches 239 feet towards the sky, and was completed in 1368 AD. It is part of the multi-building Qutb Complex, with ancient buildings [...Read More!]

Apr 182013
 
Can You Guess This Odd and Delicious Vermont Food?

Aching for fresh air and a tranquil place to do our piles of grading outside of Boston, Colin and I spent this week in the beautiful New England state of Vermont. We picked the town of Brattleboro for its proximity to hiking, Boston, and… FOOD.

What was the highlight of our culinary pillage of Brattleboro, Vermont? Without a doubt, the highlight was the mystery food you see pictured before you. It was [...Read More!]

Apr 082013
 
Loving India's Little Taj Mahal: Humayun's Tomb

I have a new favorite building! When our India tour leader declared that we were headed for the “Little Taj Mahal” in Delhi, it was clear we were in for something astounding. However, not one of us was prepared for the caramel-colored confection that soon burst into sight.

Behold, stunning Humayun’s Tomb!

Humayun’s Tomb was completed in 1572 C.E. and was commissioned by Bega Begum, the first wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun to [...Read More!]

Mar 312013
 
How Much Would YOU Pay to Pet a Charmed Snake?

“TWO HUNDRED RUPEES?!” our India tour guide, Manu, gasped. “That’s WAY too much, David!”

“Sheesh,” mumbled my brother as we walked out of the Gandhi Memorial in New Delhi. “Three and a half dollars isn’t a terrible price to stroke one of those fancy snakes, especially since the guy said the fangs were removed. Anyway, I bargained him down from 1,000 rupees.”

“Next time,” Manu instructed my little brother, “Pay only 20 or 50 rupees– [...Read More!]