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 hours to cool down, causing me  what I call, “heat headaches”. I don’t know. And India’s weather was one of the things that worried me before making the move. Continue reading

Tip: How To Feel At Home

Tip: How To Feel At Home
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Photo by Cuba Gallery

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 is the same. If the sky was red I would be okay with it because I would just think: Oh we are in a different planet. But if I look up at the blue sky, I can feel at home.” Continue reading

“We Live In Different Time Zones”

“We Live In Different Time Zones”

It was 11:40pm on a Friday, and my husband and I were working on our computers a couple meters apart from each other. This is the usual sighting in our house every night… when he suddenly says: “it’s Friday already?!” to which I responded: “it’s the end of Friday.” Technically, in about 20minutes, it was going to be Saturday already. But he said: “I don’t think you get it, we live in different time zones.” and I said: “I get it, I just forget.” Continue reading

Decorated Cows Receive Prasad

Decorated Cows Receive Prasad

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We were heading home when suddenly, we saw a man with his two cows, and other men surrounding them, walking up the hill. These cows were all decorated with balloons and powdered paint. The only camera we had on hand, was Josh’s phone (which has a pretty crappy camera, unfortunately.)

He took some video and followed them towards Meher Baba’s Samadhi, where they were headed. I sat on a nearby bench and waited. Continue reading

Behind The Scenes: Statues for Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu Festival)

Behind The Scenes: Statues for Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu Festival)

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In the last few days I have been driving by some tents with people making statues of Ganesh (The elephant Hindu God). Then I learned that Ganesh Chaturthi, a big Hindu Festival, is coming soon.

During Ganesh Chaturthi, the birth of Lord Ganesha (the son of Shiva and Parvati), is celebrated. This festival lasts 10 days, and begins on the fourth day of the waxing moon period, during the Hindu month: Bhaadra. These dates usually fall between August 19th and September 20th. This year, it begins on September 9th. Continue reading

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter

making peanut butter

Making homemade peanut butter is surprisingly simple and you have the control to decide the saltiness and the sweetness, and you get to be creative as well (how does adding cocoa powder sound?).

All you need is a food processor or blender, peanuts, and then it is up to you to decide the amount of honey/sugar, salt, and any other additions.

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Building My Indian Pantry

Building My Indian Pantry

One of the first ways I had to adapt when moving to India, was with buying cooking ingredients. I struggled with frustration at first, because I couldn’t find the things I wanted, so I had to start thinking like an Indian cook and forget about my old recipes and try new Indian ones. I had to learn how to cook real Indian food.

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How To Ride A Scooter For The First Time In India or Elsewhere

How To Ride A Scooter For The First Time In India or Elsewhere

A few days ago we finally rented our own scooter. It was an exciting moment because I have fantasized many times about owning a scooter and driving around in Italy (kind of different to India). So, yesterday I attempted to ride it for the first time. I had never tried to ride any kind of motor bike before, but I thought it was pretty easy to ride a scooter.

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