Liebster Award

Liebster Award
Thanks to Michael from Musings of an Expatriate for the nomination! Michael is from Florida and got his TEFL certification to have the opportunity to teach and travel. His first and current location is Orizaba, Mexico. (more…)

The Joy of India: From The Archives (Part II)

The Joy of India: From The Archives (Part II)
[caption id="attachment_1026" align="alignnone" width="640"] The Black and White Tree Lovers.[/caption] Yesterday I shared with you a few photos from our trip to India last January. Today I share with you a few photos I found from my trips to India from years ranging 2006-2013. (more…)

The Joy of India: From The Archives

The Joy of India: From The Archives
Lately I have been writing quite negatively about India with all my latest culture shock posts. My intention is to run an honest blog, so I'm not going to be writing about how awesome and easy life is as an expat if it is not true, and I am not just going to write about the positive things that happen. I will write about both the good and the bad, and so far it has

Culture Shock: Dirt

Culture Shock: Dirt
Apart from the bugs and the noise, the other major problem we encountered when we moved to this house was how dirty it was. Dust was everywhere. A couple Indians had even "cleaned" the house before we moved in. When we arrived, we were expecting clean. According to them it was clean, so we started calling it "India clean." We spent two full days cleaning the house, we even used hydrochloric acid and thinner, and it

Culture Shock: Noise

Culture Shock: Noise
India is loud. It just feels like everything is louder here than anywhere else: the roads, cooking, opening doors, just everything. We moved to a house that is near the road on one side and near the train tracks on the other side. And if you've been following this blog since the beginning, you'll know that we have old windows that have cracks to the outside allowing the noise (and bugs) to enter. Thankfully, we

Culture Shock: Bugs

Culture Shock: Bugs
Living in India has been a challenge; a bigger challenge than we thought. I began the "culture shock" series two days ago, writing about the lack of privacy. Today's subject (as you may have assumed by the title and image of this post) is: Bugs: (more…)

Culture Shock: Privacy

Culture Shock: Privacy
[caption id="attachment_854" align="alignnone" width="640"] Chor Bazaar in Bombay.(Photo by Eric Parker)[/caption] There are so many things I had to live with and was NOT accustomed to when I moved to India. Slowly, some of those things are becoming tolerable. Some are still not. One may experience culture shock when moving to a different country, and usually, when people visit or move to India, those things include: massive poverty, adults and kids doing their private business

Indian Dishes I Want To Learn How To Make (Part II)

Indian Dishes I Want To Learn How To Make (Part II)
We have been living in India for two months now and I already know so much more about Indian food than I ever knew before living here. Even after having visited India over ten times and been to many Indian restaurants around the world. There are so many Indian dishes I'd like to try to make at home.  (more…)

We Got A/C!

We Got A/C!
Very exciting, indeed. I have been to India many times (before residing here), and though hot, I have never needed A/C. So when Josh said he wanted to get A/C when we moved to the house, I was skeptical. I thought it wasn't necessary. I kept thinking "we'll see." Very ironic, because I complain about heat a lot during the summer. My body's cooling system is broken, so once it gets hot, it takes many

Tip: How To Feel At Home

Tip: How To Feel At Home
[caption id="attachment_811" align="alignnone" width="619"] Photo by Cuba Gallery[/caption] Josh and I were taking a walk in this Indian land where we are now expats, when he suddenly says: "I just realized the sky is there, and it looks the same as the sky in America." He goes on saying: "If you look down or around, everything is different to America, the ground is different, the people are different, the animals are different. But the sky