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 202013
 
Happy Photos of Rainbow Autumn Leaves in Boston

It’s now the most beautiful season in New England: Autumn! Meanwhile, I am currently eight months pregnant, and looking increasingly like the rotund pumpkins sitting on Boston porches.

Since I can no longer run (the muscles that lift my legs are weirdly stretched by baby and no longer work well), I have been taking copious walks. In this glorious season, that exercise ain’t so bad! Cyber-walk with me now to see the gorgeous [...Read More!]

Oct 102013
 
Kayaking: A Great Way to Tour a River City Like Boston!

Cities with rivers are better. Even more superior is a city with a river AND ocean combo. That delicious, watery duo is a major reason Boston is #1 on my list of places around the world to live. And what better way to experience this perk of a river-licious city than to take a kayak tour?

Before New England’s autumn got too crispy cold, Colin and I met up with our friends, [...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!]

Sep 222013
 
20 Funny Pregnancy Symptoms of the Third Trimester

Travel through Pregnancy World has been quite the journey! Since my article on 12 funny symptoms of the first four months of pregnancy was shared so widely, I think it’s time for a third trimester update. Now that I’m SEVEN months pregnant (!), my preggo symptoms have shifted to be even more wild and weird. So here they are: 20 funny symptoms of the third trimester of pregnancy!

1. An uncanny sense [...Read More!]

Sep 152013
 
Photo Essay: Is India's Amber Palace Your Dream Home?

It’s weird looking at photos from a few months ago, before I became pregnant… I look so bite-sized tiny! But the fact remains that I have waterfalls more photos taken during our wonderful India teacher tour from earlier this year, and you shall have these pictures, even if it takes another year for me publish them all.

What we have here are the final photos from our tour of the Amer Fort, also [...Read More!]

Sep 122013
 
The Best Place in the World to Do a Funny Photobomb?

A “Photobomb” is defined as the act of secretly posing in the background of someone else’s photo with a ridiculous face or action. Photobombs may be perpetrated against strangers or loved ones alike, and may not be detected until days after the photo is taken.

When discovered, a Photobomb may leave the victim screaming: “NO WAY! I didn’t even see him back there!” Leave it to my “little” brother, David (you know, the six-foot [...Read More!]

Sep 012013
 
YUM! An Italian Food Market Tour of Boston's North End

I expected luscious Italian food in my mouth during the Boston North End Italian market tour I just returned from, but I didn’t realize I would also learn shocking facts about my own kitchen and city.

Our tour group of a dozen folks from around the country assembled at 10am just past the Haymarket T station. Before us opened the (hungry) mouth of the North End: Boston’s “Little Italy,” a famed commercial neighborhood [...Read More!]

Aug 262013
 
Do You Need to Rent a Car in Hawaii? Photos of Why...

So you’re headed to Hawaii and want to save some money. “Hey,” you may suggest, “maybe we can save cash for more Mai Tais if we simply don’t rent a car!” But… hold your seahorses, buster, and listen up.

You see, the Big Island of Hawaii is comprised of vastly differing nooks and crannies, each of which is nearly impenetrable without a car. And public transport? Not gonna happen. Check out all [...Read More!]

Aug 172013
 
Riding an Elephant Up to the Amber Palace in India

“Decide now,” said our India Teacher Tour guide last December, “will you ride an elephant up the mountain to the Amber Palace, or walk?”

We looked at each other, paused… then sighed: “RIDE!”

The long line of elephant-craving tourists moved forward smoothly. At the front, we saw why: an authoritative gentleman barked elephant assignments to each visitor clump and bid them rapidly jump off the staircase to the elephant-back-box. We hopped on, and [...Read More!]