Hi! I’m Mani (short for Manija), my name is from India but I was born and raised in Mexico City. In 2008 I met my soulmate (an American) while traveling in India and eventually followed him to the US.
In this blog I write about wandering around the world, travel guides and tips, photography tips, eating and cooking (mostly healthy), and my unpredictable life moving constantly while attempting to lead a simple life and follow God.
Some of my favorite things to do are to travel, to eat and to take photos, and those are the main topics you’ll see on this blog along with personal writing. I have been to over 20 countries and lived in 8 different places, and I love sharing my travel experiences and lessons.
Why “A New Life Wandering”?
wan·der·ing [won-der-ing] adjective
- moving from place to place without a fixed plan; roaming; rambling.
- having no permanent residence; nomadic.
I definitely fit those definitions.
The “New Life” part of the title comes from making a drastic change to my life in 2009 when I decided to leave my comfortable and “normal” life, go against people’s and society’s expectations, drop out of college, move to a different country, be cut off financially from my dad, join my soulmate, and live a life trying to surrender to God.
Here is a brief timeline to give you an idea of my life:
2008 – July- Josh (a Californian) and I (a Mexican) met in India.
2008 – September – I moved from Mexico City to London to study filmmaking.
2009 – I left university and my comfortable life, went against all of my friends’ and family’s expectations, and moved from Mexico City to the US.
2010 – Josh and I left South Carolina and road-tripped along the US East Coast (Florida to New Hampshire) stopping in Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Maine and New Hampshire to find a place to live and finally randomly settled in North Carolina. It was a “throw a dart at the map” kind of thing.
2010-2013 – We lived in Durham, North Carolina, got married twice, and moved 3 times (within Durham).
2013 – We moved to India, leaving nothing behind. Also, this blog was born.
2013 – In late September, we arrived at Portland, Oregon to renew our Indian visas, and circumstances led us to stay. We lived here for 8 months.
2014 – In May, we moved to the country in Deer Island, Oregon (35 miles from Portland) with two friends who bought a historical former school.
2016 – In February, we moved to Logan, Utah.
2016 – August 23, we moved to Austin, Texas!
2017 – August 24 – we became parents! Baby girl was born in Austin.