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Gadabout Musings

  • India Train Travel

    Although the trains have generally not aged great in the last 18 years, the energy, charm, and tent cities remain. When I take trains in India now, I don't bat an eye, but my 18 year younger self was strongly impacted by the experience. I think everyone's first visit to India has a massive impact on them. Here were my thoughts on my first train ride from Delhi to Jaipur...
  • Indian Dosas

    Bring on the dosas!!! These marvelous Indian breakfast creations are different from other pancakes, oh very different...
  • India; Memories of First Impressions

    Looking through old emails, I found the letter a young me wrote after my first few days in India, in 2001. Not too much has changed in the last 18 years about flying into Delhi, and you might enjoy this description of a young woman's first impressions of this special place! More of these old writings to come...
  • Downtown Cairo's Parisian Influence

    Cairo is a fascinating, crazy, and often overwhelming city. It's full of people, animals, markets, and cars following driving rules known only to locals. This much I expected, but something I was not expecting when visiting Cairo for the first time was how much the downtown reminded me of Paris...
  • Crashing Weddings in India

    Sometimes in India, especially during the monsoons, you will find yourself unexpectedly crashing some lovely strangers' wedding. It is one of the simple joys of traveling during the wedding season here and, sometimes unfortunately, unavoidable. We almost missed our train out of Pushkar a couple years ago because a few coinciding weddings were blocking all the roads into and out of town. Indian weddings are also exceptionally loud and extend late into the night, causing some major sleep deprivation if your guest house sits next door to the festivities... But the unconstrained joy of these events is hard to resent!


  • Off the Beaten Path in Bali (but still accessible to that path)

    You've made it to Bali! Perhaps this is a place you've always longed to visit, perhaps you've booked your accommodation/tour/retreat and are ready to hit the ground running, or perhaps you are a jaded traveler like me and are snobbishly viewing it as a stop on the road to more far flung locals. I will be the first to admit that, however I try to keep a level head, I can fall into the mind frame of "Oh, I don't want to go somewhere there will be other tourists. How obnoxious!" Dear Reader, believe me when I say, I fully recognize that this thought is, in fact, the most obnoxious. So imagine my chagrin when I found Bali to be thoroughly worth the hype.


  • Fisherman Hut Murals, Bali

    These abandoned fishermen's huts on Nelayan Beach, just outside of Canggu, have become the canvas for some amazing political graffiti art. 

    Canggu, Bali

  • Moroccan Pharmacies and Getting Off Your Own Beaten Path

    It’s important to try new things both at home and abroad!


  • Take Time to Look Around You

    Try not to get caught up in the rush. Take time to look around. You never know what wonderful surprise might catch your eye✨