The Isolation of the American Traveler

In comparison to Canadians, Europeans and Australians; Americans as a society are not known for their traveling and love of exploring the world.  This does not mean none of them travel (obviously), but it the vast majority have not spent a great deal of time traveling to foreign places beyond Mexico, Puerto Rico or the…

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The Kolkata Flower Market

On a trip in India years ago, on one of my final days in Kolkata, I had only one thing left I wanted to accomplish. That was to check out the flower market.  The evening before I had decided that if someone tried to talk to me, I would make an attempt to be open…

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Durga Puja – Princess Power!

On a solo trip to Kolkata a few years back, I was picked up at the airport by a representative from my hotel, cheerfully awaiting my arrival.  She escorted me to the car where the driver was waiting for us.  When we pulled away from the airport she turned back to face me and said…

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Alone in Kolkata – Arrival

One of my first ‘big’ solo trips was to India and Nepal a few years ago.  My main intention was to go to Nepal, where I would be spending a month volunteering at a Buddhist Monastery.  I decided to add on a month in India beforehand to see some areas I had never been to…

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