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Llhamos Kitchen: Taking a cooking class on Tibetan momos in Dharamsala

You might think that taking a cooking class is something at the top of every solo female traveler’s list of things to do. Pbbbbbt… I’ve never been a domestic sort of gal and if I’m cooking for one, my stomach is pretty simple.  So I actually never considered taking a cooking class, while traveling. But […]

November 4, 2012 14
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Kanyakumari Travel Guide: Things to Do and Eat at the southernmost tip of India?!

Have you ever been to the southernmost tip of India? I have.

It’s where Gandhi’s ashes were released. It’s where the Indian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea swap tides. It’s got a huge statue of a famous poet.


July 23, 2012 10
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Travel Insider: Where does all of India go to book cheap travel?

But what if you want to handle your bookings from home or in your hotel room at your PC’s convenience? You don’t need to take the 10,000 steps I took in 2008. Instead, just follow India…

September 9, 2011 4
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Dealing with Indian Money and a Torn Rupee

There are times dealing with currency in India made me want to bark and growl with feverish frustration. It’s urked me so much I decided doing a post might relieve me and toss a head’s up to fellow travelers.
Here are 3 annoying ways India deals with money…

September 5, 2011 7
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5 Travel Must Haves for Traveling to India

If anyone thinks tromping through India will be like traveling any other country, think again. Here are some things I found useful on my trip. Here are 5 Travel Must-Haves for India:

July 23, 2011 20
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Buying bottled water in India: An exercise in blind faith?

In India, purchasing bottled water doesn’t always ensure safety.

When I entered a guesthouse cafe in Hampi it was filled with fellow travelers. Food-wise, I felt a little safe. I walked past an employee sitting off to the side, with a line of empty water bottles and what did I see?… He was filling the bottles with tap water and recapping them!

April 14, 2011 17
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Hampi Travel Guide | Hampi Ruins

Dear Love,

In India, there are temples dedicated to Hanuman- the Monkey God- a revered symbol of great strength, perseverance and devotion. The perfect soldier. Thus, some of the monkey temples in India occasionally shelter resident monkeys within it’s hallowed walls.

But in reality, monkeys can be cunning animals, rascal tricksters and in India, often scoundrel thieves!

April 5, 2011 5
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I Got into a Motorcycle Accident in India!

So you have travel insurance. Awesome.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t remove the fear and stresses of dealing with injuries when you get into an accident in India or abroad.

In four hours I was leaving Hampi, but I still wanted to get out to see the Monkey Temple (which was 20 minutes away by rickshaw)! Walter, a lanky 20-something Los Angeleno I’d met on the bus ride over, joined me . I wanted to rent bicycles but Walter advised the motorcycle would be the most efficient vehicle. The incentive being we’d split costs!
Had Walter driven a motorcycle before?


April 2, 2011 10
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Photo Essay: Is Goa over its hype?

In my last post I touched briefly on the beaches in Goa and their um… tourist mania. As I explained, Baga Beach (& Calangute, it’s sister beach) can be a bit of a water sport carnival. Here are a few more pictures which may make you wonder- Is this still India?

March 25, 2011 3
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