Good Golly, It’s Bali

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Here we go again; the voting results are in. It was a tight race between Bali, Indonesia and Hanoi, Vietnam, but ultimately, you chose Bali as our next Drop Me Anywhere location. The theme of this last vote was the Paul Simon song, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. I think I made it clear […]

I’m Done

Kids at airport

It’s time for me to leave India. No, my visa doesn’t expire until April 5, but I’ve been here eighteen days, which is the third-longest I’ve been in any country on a DMA trip. And really, eighteen days is long enough for me. I’ll speak more on that in the last article on this location […]

Grumpy

Martins Corner

I wake up this morning just a bit grumpy; my back hurts (darn these hard Indian mattresses, darn this screwed up back and hips, darn the lack of a simple yoga class in the land of its invention). I’ve decided to cancel the hotel I’ve booked in Kuala Lumpur as I’ve noticed they have no […]

Jungle Spice

Elephant

The plan for today is to tour Old Goa with Elvis (the friend of the friend) and his brother Elston. I believe I’ve mentioned that I used to work on board cruise ships, and Elvis and Elston both currently do (as do many Goans). They’re from Goa and both happen to be home on vacation […]

Paradise Lost

Bridge

Today is a sad day, for I must leave Dwarka. This has been a place of respite from the   challenges I encountered up north and I fear leaving the protective cocoon. Unfortunately, they’re full for the next few nights (damn that wedding party) and, well, it’s also a bit above my budget. Still, I might […]

Paradise Found

Cotttage

I wake today, once again, to ocean waves crashing on the shore and birds chirping. You “dropped” me in India based on the theme of a Disney movie and it sort of feels like I’m in one . . . but there’s a bar! As this location was decided based on the movie, Jungle Book, […]

Gilligan’s Island

Lagoon

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale. . . Oh, wait, first we have to get there. Read on. . . After gathering my luggage at the Goa airport, and meeting my driver, we set off on the long road to the Dwarka Eco Beach Resort, which was recommended to me by the […]

Goa, Goa, Gone

Guesthouse

Today I leave Jaipur to head south to Goa. As I don’t need to be at the airport until 4:00pm, I choose to stay at the guest house and enjoy the lovely terrace and garden while writing. As this place offers the most dependable WiFi I’ve had since arriving in India and I’m pretty sure […]

These Streets Were Made For Walking

Pickle Man

After two great days in Jaipur, I awake cautiously optimistic. The plan for today is to grab a tuk-tuk, go back to the area of the Amber Fort to visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, wander around Jaipur for thirty or forty minutes, and wait at the Ajmeri Gate (one of the eleven city […]

Bollywood in Jaipur

Wind Palace

I wake today, renewed. I’ve had one day without fear, frustration and disappointment. Can I possible make it two in a row? After another filling breakfast at Jaipur Friendly Villa, truly the nicest guest house or hotel I’ve so far stayed in while in India, I head out. Today’s plan, head to the Amber Fort, […]

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