For years I have wanted to visit the state of Kerala in India and cruise the “backwaters” via houseboat. The backwaters are a network of brackish canals, rivers, lakes and lagoons just inland from the coast of the Arabian sea on the southwestern edge of India. The state is famous for these waterways and the … Continue reading Sultry days in Kerala
I’ve discovered the best souvenir! One the best experiences while traveling is getting to enjoy new and different cuisines, but what’s even better than just eating the food? Bringing home the ability to recreate it! South Indian is a favorite for me, with its flavorful spices and chutneys, rice and lentil based pancakes and fritters, … Continue reading The best souvenir of all
What to do on my last morning in Chennai? Lounge around hotel or get out and explore?! You guessed it. I took a second tour with a company called Story Trails, this time exploring the bazaar / market in an area called Georgetown. I don’t often do tours, but being solo, this was a good … Continue reading Feast for the eyes
I must make a confession: I am addicted to dosa. The South Indian crepe-like pancake made with fermented batter of rice and lentils is nicely browned and crispy on one side with small air bubbles in the batter on the other. It is commonly eaten for breakfast served with a variety of chutneys, and sambar, … Continue reading All hail the dosa!
It’s hot. And dirty. And often less than sweet-smelling. But I am still drawn to this short daily walk between the hotel and office. Maybe because it’s the only time of day I actually get outside during the work week. Or I need a little exercise to work off the giant breakfast I just ate. … Continue reading The Daily Symphony
“Excuse me, ma’am, selfie?” Yesterday I posed for 13 photos with strangers. It’s not my style to engage much with random strangers, but yesterday I went all in. Why not embrace it? Photos are free. After the first three requests, I needed to catalog this experience. After taking the requested photo, or two or three, … Continue reading Embracing the Stranger Selfie