On how India always manages to redeem herself…

Sometimes we feel pretty discouraged by how unnecessarily complicated India seems, but India always redeems itself and turns everything around for the better. One rainy Friday in Rishikesh, we decided to rent a scooter– we had rented one a few days before, but we thought we’d try a different place with better reviews. For aboutContinue reading “On how India always manages to redeem herself…”

Budget Travel– or learning that trying to save money sometimes costs more

The first time Giovanni and I went to India together, it was the middle of summer in monsoon season, so we headed for the hills to cool off. While wandering around Shimla, a former British hilltown, we decided that a trip to England would be in order. So the next summer, we, of course, wentContinue reading “Budget Travel– or learning that trying to save money sometimes costs more”

Bread of the World: Austria

One of my favorite things to bake, and well, eat for that matter, is bread. I know it doesn’t get more basic than bread and butter, but it really is one of my favorite snacks, and sometimes meals. I credit my mom with this habit– she always baked a fresh loaf of bread every weekContinue reading “Bread of the World: Austria”

A Tribute to Travel, Food and Cats: Volume 1

While I have been thinking and thinking about the amazing food I gorged on in Asia this summer, I’ve also been thinking a lot about all the street cats I saw and how very few cats I see these days. Of course my response is to try to cook the food that I ate, soContinue reading “A Tribute to Travel, Food and Cats: Volume 1”

sweet potato lentil soup and tea culture

Lentils are hard to come by in South Korea. Unfortunately for me, I normally eat lentils about once or twice a week. However, I was very lucky to have my pal Kaz visit me about a month ago and bring me an ample supply of split red lentils and toothpaste with fluoride (OK, I knowContinue reading “sweet potato lentil soup and tea culture”

the curried persimmon soup of cultural dissonance

The past week has been a challenge, but I’ve decided to stop being a hermit, make a batch of soup and then write about it. I will start by saying I have had a cold (most likely sinus infection) for over a week and a half now. This, of course, has not slowed down myContinue reading “the curried persimmon soup of cultural dissonance”

Can I bring my juicer to South Korea? Life and other musings…

I finally did it. I took the leap. I jumped off the existential cliff into the great unknown. Why all this drama, you ask? I quit my job, accepted a job in South Korea and am going to travel the world and write about my experiences. Basically I’m living the dream. To back it upContinue reading “Can I bring my juicer to South Korea? Life and other musings…”