Getting out and about

Anyone who has been traveling will know that the world outside of the US is absolutely crazy–crazy in a good way I hasten to add. Oh–by the way. Welcome and than you for reading. So, what do I mean? Well… I’ve have just got back from traveling around the world. It took me a year and  I loved every minute of it. I started in South America… cause that seemed like the logical place to go before flying over to Europe, into Africa, over to the Middle East, across to Asia, South East Asia, Australia, the Pacific Isles, and  finally home.

Phew! What an adventure right? I can safely say that Asia–more specifically India–was my favorite destination. I place is absolutely crazy–its and explosion of people, cultures, religions, foods, sites, scenery–it’s amazing. I took the train everywhere and you wouldn’t believe how far you can go with not a lot of money. Meals can even be cheap… if you’re willing to eat the local food. If you ever get a chance to go… make sure you visit Agra and see the Taj Mahal. I have never seen a building of such beauty in my life before. What I also didn’t realize was it’s scale–it’s absolutely huge! That’s not to mention the site that it’s built on, which is equally huge. Now… what’s funny about Agra–a Muslim town–is that… it’s nothing special by anyone’s measure. Actually… it’s probably one of the more grotty places I visited, which is in stark contrast to the Taj Mahal. Maybe this is what makes it stand out more… who knows.

Traveling by train: this is a must-do activity. Now… what I don’t mean is for you to travel in first class. This will shield you from the real India experience. Instead, get general tickets and mix with the locals. They’ll be really happy to see you and interested to learn about you. What’s more, the doors to the carriages are left open in general class, allowing you to sit on the door step and to watch the world go by. There’s nothing better than doing this, take it from me.

Eating: Be wary of street vendors and anyone, literally anyone, who sells dairy products (including ice cream vendors). I bought an ice cream in Mumbai from a street vendor–a double no no–and was so ill that I dare not describe what exactly happened to me… it wasn’t nice. What’s more… I was ill for several weeks… in fact, I’m still not 100 percent right almost six months on. I’m not trying to scare monger you… just have your wits about you when buying food stuffs from small-time vendors.