High Tea: Learning the Art of Tea Making in Munnar, India

Visiting India is like entering Wonderland and falling down the rabbit hole. Suddenly, you’re in a world where nothing makes sense and everyone talks in riddles. Up is down. Down is up, and a head bobble can mean anything. If India is in fact Wonderland, then Munnar is its tea party.

I’d been having a constant struggle with India. You can read about it here (trying to get to a Tiger Reserve) and here (being hustled for more money). For some reason, I couldn’t figure out how...

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How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Myanmar?

I'd heard time and time again that it's more expensive to travel in Myanmar than most countries in South East Asia. Truth is, it is and it isn't. Cities like Bagan, that thrive off of tourism, are expensive. My hostel there cost $26.00, almost twice the price of any other hostel I've stayed in thus far. But things balance out. In Yangon, I'd eat a feast for under $2.00. In the end, I almost stayed on budget. I spent an average of $32.36 a day which came in slightly over my $30.00 a day...

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Getting a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand

Deciding whether or not to get a Sak Yant

“I’m going to get a tattoo in Chiang Mai. I thought you should know.”

“You’re what? Why?”

“Oh, and a monks gunna do it…in a temple”

“Huh?”

That’s how most of my conversations went before getting inked in Thailand. Well, except my sister. Her response was egging me on more than anything. In fact, she was the one who convinced me to...

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How NOT to see the Periyar Tiger Reserve in India

My relationship with India has been strained to say the least. Each country has it’s own version of order or way things work. Usually it takes a few days to adjust and understand a country. As far as I can tell, India has no logic, rhyme, or reason. I’ve been here for over two weeks and still, I feel at a total loss. Even the locals seem totally baffled by simple questions.

 

“We would like to go on the boat safari in Periyar Tiger Reserve.” That statement was met with a...

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Book Review: Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald

holy cow an indian adventure

I’ve had Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald on my mile long list of books to read for what feels like forever. For some reason, every time I read the blurb about it, I felt disinterested. A girl goes to India, hates it, and is forced to move there with her boyfriend. Frankly, it sounded like a couple hundred pages of “I hate this, and this, and this, and India sucks.” I’m glad I finally put my initial impression aside and gave it a go because this book...

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Learning the Ropes: The Chinese Fishing Nets in Cochin, India

I was hit with the distinct smell of fish that had been sitting in the sun too long as the ocean breeze whipped across my face. Combined with the shade from the canopy of trees above me, I almost remembered what it felt like to be cool. It was the first time since I arrived in India that the heat didn't hit me like a brick wall.

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Prepare to Visit Myanmar with these Helpful Tips

Before you go...

Travel Document Requirements

  • Passport - required
  • Visa for Business - required
  • Visa for Tourism - required (more here on how to get a tourist visa)
  • Visa for Transit - not required as long as you remain in the airport and do not pass through immigration

Suggested Vaccinations

  • Hep A
  • Hep B
  • Tetanus
  • ...

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Finding Calm in Chaos: My Month in Myanmar

My life in New York was a series of scheduled moments. Wake up, walk the dog, go to the gym, shower, eat breakfast, go to work, come home for lunch, walk the dog, back to work, grocery shop, eat dinner, walk the dog, watch tv, sleep, repeat. Weekends weren't much different. Every second was scheduled to make sure I got the most out of my day and that I didn't forget anything. I was constantly checking my clock making sure I wasn't running a minute or even a second late.

Jump ahead to...

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Taking a Burmese Cooking Class in Myanmar

My quest of learning to cook continues, and this week it's Burmese food on the menu! I have to be honest, I didn't actually know what Burmese food was until I got to Myanmar. Even then, it took the whole month before I really felt like I had a grasp on it. The easiest way to describe it is a mix between Chinese and Indian food. The common dishes include curries, tea leaf salad, rice, and noodles. Some of the major ingredients are pumpkin, eggplant, peanuts, ginger, and garlic.

Although...

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Sunrise to Sunset: A Day on Inle Lake

Visiting Inle Lake has been kind of surreal. I did little research on this location before arriving and most people who visited described it as "touristy." By Myanmar standards, it is. In Yangon, I maybe saw one other tourist a day. In Bagan, there were plenty of tourists, but with a playground of temples to see (over 3,000) you could go hours without running into anyone else. So yes, Inle Lake is "touristy" in comparison. Regardless, arriving here was almost indescribable. Almost. I...

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