Category Archives: Travel

40 Before 40 #3: Visiting Seattle (and Portland)

The third checkmark on my 40 Before 40 List was #3, Visiting Seattle, Washington. I don’t generally post recommendations on things to see and do while on vacation, but I thought it was appropriate and might even be helpful in this instance. Hubby and I started out our Pacific Northwest trip visiting friends and family outside […]

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40 Before 40 #2: Sponsoring an Elephant

The first thing I did on my 40 Before 40 list was #2, sponsoring an elephant. For my birthday this year, I donated to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to support nursery baby Mbegu. Mbegu was rescued by DSWT at just two months of age on May 15, 2014. She was the victim of community violence after […]

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On Judging Others and Feeling Judged

I’ve been feeling fairly judgmental since returning from India. And I’m wondering if one of the reasons—in addition to dealing with jetlag and reassimilating into my old life—is that I often felt judged in Bangalore. Staring is common throughout India (as noted by GirlUnstoppable, Full Stop India and others), and I experienced my fair share. Most […]

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Gratitude for the Simple Pleasures of Home

Brian and I are back from India. And while it wasn’t my choice to return so precipitously, canceling plans to visit Rajasthan and the Himalayas and the Taj Mahal, I still felt an upswell of gratitude upon seeing home as the plane descended. India was a big lifestyle change: Living in student-style accommodation, one room with […]

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On Travel and Assumptions

Travel is a great way to bring your assumptions to the fore. When you’re at home, living a steady routine, you mostly know what to expect day to day, and you may not even be aware of the decisions you make based on your assumptions. Traveling has a way of knocking you in the head […]

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