How To Crash An Indian Wedding

Let's start with this.  I love this video so much.  I'm not even sure what it is that makes me so happy, but I could watch it all day, on repeat. It's just..so...good. Okay, moving on.  While being a foreigner definitely has its challenges (you constantly get ripped off by tuk tuk drivers, men leer …

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Henna in Hyderabad

I have always liked the idea of India.  It seemed like an exotic place filled with sounds and sights and languages completely foreign to me.  Upon arriving in Hyderabad, I realized this was perhaps the least prepared for something I have ever been in my life.  There are, simply, people everywhere. Even living in Chicago …

Santa Cruz: Darwin’s Turtles

We hopped on a flight to the Galapagos Islands and took a boat to Santa Cruz, where the Darwin Research Center was located. Started in 1964, it hosts conservation projects aimed at protecting wildlife species throughout the islands, particularly their long-living friends the tortoise. The grounds of the research center were lush and beautiful, the weather …

Amazon Day Trip

I'm not sure what I was expecting out of a day trip into the amazon...visions of national geographic danced through my head I suppose. I know that if we had spent any serious amount of time there, we would have been let in on the real day to day lives and rituals of those that …