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27 Oct

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What Culture Shock Looks Like

October 27, 2014 | By |

The journey from India to Paris was remarkably easy. It was like Lufthansa gently scooped us up in Delhi and placed us down in Paris… the travel was so easy that we were even more shell-shocked by the transition. Read More

17 Oct

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Delhi: Two days to see India’s urban side

October 17, 2014 | By |

We weren’t excited about Delhi, but it is a major transit hub and our only chance to check out India’s urban side, it made sense to spend two days and two nights there. We had super-low expectations, and the actual experience was much better than anticipated. Read More

14 Oct

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Vrindavan: Bhakti love in Krishna-town

October 14, 2014 | By |

Krishna (the Hindu god) was born in Mathura and grew up a few kilometers away in Vrindavan, where the locals talk about the romps of Krishna, Radha, and other members of the Hindu pantheon like old friends. Read More

10 Oct

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The Taj Mahal: Tourist trap but totally worthwhile

October 10, 2014 | By |

Everyone says that despite it being a tourist destination, the Taj Mahal is a must-see. They’re right. It’s absolutely beautiful… your first sight of it is enough to make you want to cry, and the enormity and grandeur of it is stunning. Read More

06 Oct

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The holy elixir of Amritsar’s Golden Temple

October 6, 2014 | By |

Sitting at the edge of the holy pool of the Golden Temple in Amritsar feels like hallowed ground. A major Sikh pilgrimage site, the Golden Temple is packed, day and night, with worshippers taking a dip in the holy pool or bowing down before the holy scripture. Read More

04 Oct

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Buddhism, Clouds, & Good Eats: All the best of Dharamsala

October 4, 2014 | By |

Tashi delek! It’s Tibetan for hello, and a useful greeting in Dharamsala, India, where we spent most of September. Once a small hill station, it became a bustling center of Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama went into exile and moved the Tibetan exile government here. Read More

19 Sep

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Two months in Rishikesh, India

September 19, 2014 | By |

We spent nearly two months studying yoga near the banks of the holy Ganga River in Rishikesh, northern India. It was a beautiful place to be, and we may (just may…) have to return.  Read More

08 Sep

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Yoga Studies with Rishikesh Yog Peeth

September 8, 2014 | By |

We spent six weeks completing our 300-hour yoga training at Rishikesh Yog Peeth in a little bubble of yoga bliss in Rishikesh, India. We’ll write about our time in Rishikesh separately and dedicate this blog post just to the course itself. Read More

02 Sep

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Three times a charm for my Indian visa, Or, Why I hate the USPS

September 2, 2014 | By |

We’ve had snippets of this come up and it’s always a long story to explain, so here, in one place, is the annoying story of our (ie: my) Indian visas. Plus, maybe by writing it all out I can actually release some of my frustration about the situation. Read More

14 Jul

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Ladakh: India’s “Little Tibet”

July 14, 2014 | By |

Ladakh feels nothing like the rest of India (we expect, having not been yet). It is a Tibetan Buddhist area high in the Himalayas; the capital city Leh is 3,500 meters altitude. And there is something so beautiful and serene in this high, cold desert and barren Himalayan landscape that could give anyone a sense of the sublime. Read More