10 Reverse Cultural Shocks Coming Home

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   [ A post from home, U.S., Drafted July, 2013 ] Eight months in Southeast Asia has been my first true non-vacation experience abroad. Like many travelers, those first few days in a foreign land shocked our system, physically with the diet and sanitation, mentally orienting and grasping with the basics, and culturally making sense [...]

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The Blue City that Broke My Heart – “Filtering India” Part 1

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[ This is a Looong post  on my impression of India. Only read if and when you have the time and patience. ]   By the time I left the blue city, a ten year old girl broke my heart. My return to India was purposely timed at the tail end of an eight months [...]

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10 Tips for Finding The Right Budget Accomodation

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  One of the most stressing tasks for travelers arriving at a new city is finding budget accommodation that’s clean, safe and affordable. Internet and online booking has made the process easier but is not always possible in developing countries like Myanmar where the tourist circuit is still forming, hotels awkwardly finding online presence and [...]

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6 Misbehavings of Indian Culture – “Prepping for India” Part 2

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  In 8 Observations of Indian Culture – “Prepping for India” Part 1, I talked about observed Indian cultural mindset that cuts across extreme spectrum of behaviors. Most travelers say India is “Hard” for good reasons. As a country much romanticized for its rich history, breathtaking landscape and magnificent temple architecture, one has to wonder why [...]

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Postcards – Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

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  Famous for its annual Camel Fair in October/November where thousands of sellers, buyers and tourists gather, Pushkar is quiet by comparison in March, catering the steady stream of Hindu Pilgrims visiting one of the five temples in the whole country devoted to Lord Brahma, and to bath in the sacred lake of Hindu circled [...]

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