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Part II: American Princess in Mumbai, the Dohbi Ghat

When I explained where I wanted to go she looked at me so inquisitively I could almost hear her thoughts “laundry? of all things why laundry?”  Momma Boom was a little worried, so she did what any good mother would … Continue reading

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Part I: American Princess in Mumbai, the Darvi slums

Dirty, hungry and tired I arrived to the Mumbai airport after traveling in India for almost a month. I had a rendezvous at the regional terminal with my friend, we’ll call him Boom, around 11am. Boom and I met at … Continue reading

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A palace, a palm reader and a glorious lake – Udaipur, India

Oh Udaipur, you left a lasting an impression and are definitely one of the places I could have stayed longer but didn’t for reasons only a calendar demands. You brought me lovely new friends from San Francisco, a palm reader … Continue reading

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Heebs, Hippies and Hindus– Pushkar, India

A gentle mix of  Boulder, Colorado and Haifa, Israel in a little Indian village really hit a soft spot. I don’t know if I was craving hummus or missing patchouli but the mixture was irresistible. One day turned into four … Continue reading

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Pretty in the Pink City – Jaipur, India

A land of many flavors, jewelry, saris – a rainbow of colors to be exact; My first stop in Rajasthan was Jaipur. Somewhere between relaxing in Rishikesh and the Taj Mahal I realized that I needed to slow down my … Continue reading

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The Taj Mahal – Need I say more? Agra, India

Did you know: The Emperor, Shah Jahan, built the Taj Mahal for his wife when she died giving birth to their 14th child? I guess third time’s a charm because “The Taj” is actually a Tomb for the man’s third … Continue reading

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You are what you eat…Edibles of India

Don’t eat snacks from strangers on the train, be wary of anything off the street, make sure the mineral water hasn’t been compromised…with so many warnings for eating in India I wondered how I would pack enough peanut butter to … Continue reading

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Learning Lâcher prise: Rishikesh, India

After being in Northern India just over a week I realized a little secret about traveling (in India) that no one had thought to reveal; traveling is slow, cumbersome and often requires massive amounts of patience. I wanted to see … Continue reading

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Green before “green” was in…rocky & recycled : Chandigarh, India

Besides the architecture, there isn’t much to see in Chandigarh – in my opinion that is. Woop-d-do, they have the largest rose garden (supposedly) in Asia – it was hard to waft in its beauty among the strewn trash, the … Continue reading

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An ode to an architect: Le Corbusier Chandigarh, India

Chandigarh, India the first planned city Large buildings made of concrete and glass Only an architect will find it pretty The grid makes it easy for cars to pass Massive in scale his signature style Woven tapestry’s on the wall … Continue reading

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