Feb 092013
 
We Spent Christmas at the Largest Mosque in India!

I am a half Jewish, half Christian gal who spent Christmas at the largest Islamic mosque in India. And it was beautiful!

Though I love gathering with family during the winter holidays in America, I’ve never been obsessed with gifts. How freeing, then, to spend December 25 in a country where just 2.3% of the population is Christian, and holiday consumerism isn’t ubiquitous!

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Feb 032013
 
A Sikh Temple in New Delhi, and Neat Facts on Sikhism

“You will like the Sikh temple we’re about to visit,” our guide, Manu, explained after our intense first hours in New Delhi, India. “Gurudwara Bangla Sahib has a great vibe to it.”

We perked up. Our teacher tour needed a good vibe after the hectic sights of India we’d gulped in all day. “Just one thing,” Manu cautioned. “You must remove your shoes for the remainder of the visit.”

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Jan 272013
 
Dancing With Street Children in New Delhi, India. Video!

When I heard we would be visiting a famous shelter for street children on our first day in New Delhi, India, I pictured doing some tranquil arts and crafts projects, or reading a few good books with the kids. What I never expected was what actually occurred: a full-out dance party!

Our teacher group had started the day with an intense walking tour of the Paharganj neighborhood of New Delhi and we were in [...Read More!]

Jan 212013
 
Where to Stay in Newport, RI to Feel Like Royalty

There are some vacations from which you need a vacation, and our whirlwind trip to India proved one of them. We returned to America from New Delhi jetlagged, dizzy, and greeted by piles of grading.

“We’ve got to go somewhere relaxing, close, and awesome this long weekend,” I wailed to my husband. “Somewhere we can eat like beasts, sleep like bears, and sightsee pretty things at a relaxed pace. BUT WHERE?”

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Jan 202013
 
Startling, Colorful Photos of Paharganj, New Delhi, India

During the first two hours of India travel, we had already seen an elephant, ox, monkey, thick smog, endless vehicles, and a good chunk of the 1.2 billion people of the country. If I tell you this article is about the third hour in India, what the heck will it cover?

Easy: The inadvertent modern art created by walls, doors, trash, and laundry in the Paharganj neighborhood of Central Delhi.

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Jan 122013
 
Day 1 in New Delhi: The Rumors About India Are True!

Where to start? We went to India for 12 days and it was… so much! So much of everything all together: people with animals, rich with poor, fragrances with shocking smells, beautiful colors with dismal grays, chaos with order… I could go on all day. India was everything that everyone said it is, and more. All those rumors are really true!

After 38 hours of travel (including an epic 14-hour layover adventure in [...Read More!]

Jan 052013
 
The Best Thing To Do On a Long Layover in London

I am back from India, it was great, and I’m exhausted!

Over the next few weeks, I shall chronologically unfold all that happened in our India adventure, so let us kick it off with the first element: our 12 hour layover in London between Boston and Delhi.

What the heck is the best thing to do for 12 daytime hours after a 5 hour red-eye flight from Boston? Easy. Here are your instructions, [...Read More!]

Dec 292012
 
Travel, Writing, and Love: Reviewing a Great Year

Happy New Year from India… and WOWZA, what a year it’s been! Since I have limited internet access in India, I will not begin publishing articles about this remarkable country until I return to Boston in early January, but until then, enjoy this recap of 2012, accompanied by photos of a wonderful performance we just saw in Jaipur.

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Dec 152012
 
How Travel Unlocks a Secret Layer, As Seen in Greece

The wind atop Greece’s Acropolis whipped my hair like a milkshake as I stared at the towering stone women. Why did they look so familiar?

“You are looking at the Caryatid Porch of Erechtheion,” our guide told our teacher tour group, “built around 420 BCE… over 2,400 years ago.”

I knew I had seen those statues before back in Boston… and often. But where?

“The design is remarkable,” our guide continued. “Each woman is [...Read More!]

Dec 092012
 
5 Things To Do Before India Travel. (We Go in 2 Weeks!)

In two weeks, I will be standing across the world in India.

Am I now an emotional wreck like I was right before traveling to China? No, there are far fewer tears. Partially this is because we decided to travel with a well-respected tour group (since my decision in Spain last year that “tour group travel doesn’t stink“), thus removing the massive stress of itinerary planning and pre-purchasing transportation and entrance tickets.

But [...Read More!]