How to (more comfortably) travel by train in India

  India has the world’s largest railway system, and even if you book 2 months in advance, the earliest allowed, you can still end up on a waiting list. My advice is to get a local to help you. Make a friend, ask a local couch surfer. It will be much easier that way to get the seats and dates/times that you want. My friend … Continue reading How to (more comfortably) travel by train in India

No worries at the end of the world–Guincho Beach, Portugal

Spring is over when I travel to Lisbon after the end of a long relationship, after the end of a cold and exhausting era in my life. When I arrive to the sun-dazzled city, its buildings swathed in colorful tiles, I am flooded with brochures and guidebooks on where to go, what to eat, what to do. It’s hard to think, I am tired of … Continue reading No worries at the end of the world–Guincho Beach, Portugal

Beyond Dubai’s Glitz and Glamour

“It’s a desert with two big malls in it. You won’t like it.” Before visiting, my impression of Dubai was based only on these comments from a couple friends who had already been there. Once I arrived, I realized that the city does a damn good job to erase the idea that you’re really just in the middle of the desert. Still, that fact had … Continue reading Beyond Dubai’s Glitz and Glamour

Alive in Lisbon: Sounds of Alfama

The first day it was already night when I arrived at my apartment in Alfama, suitcase wheels attacking dark cobblestone alleys like unbalanced bombs. They wanted me to surrender, I had already given away too much. Why keep moving? Counterforce children are throwing their own, and my leg is hit by a water balloon explosion. My desire limps toward the home hidden in this neighborhood, … Continue reading Alive in Lisbon: Sounds of Alfama

In the trains of Buenos Aires, you can’t ignore life

I am in the end of a train car where there is almost always space to sit on the floor underneath the wide, scratched windows. I imagine the shoes that have been here, smeared with sidewalk dog shit, muddy boots and wet bike tires, all the filth of a city underfoot, filing in and out of this car. But the floor means no standing on tired … Continue reading In the trains of Buenos Aires, you can’t ignore life

Buenos Aires: Unstoppable Artists

As I rev up to get going on my travels once again, I thought I’d share a post that I recently wrote for CreativeLive about the flourishing and ubiquitous artists of Buenos Aires who serve as some serious inspiration…. Lessons on Success from the Artists of Buenos Aires You don’t want to be a starving artist, but you know that getting rich and famous isn’t going … Continue reading Buenos Aires: Unstoppable Artists

Living Hundreds of Lives on the Road

Having grown up in a Hindu home, I have a tendency to contemplate my past and future lives. But after several years of slow travel around the world, I’ve discovered that there’s a more pressing concern: considering my hundreds of present lives. This is what traveling does to a person—the constant renewal of self, or rather the proliferation of selves, is why I won’t, or … Continue reading Living Hundreds of Lives on the Road