Asia

Running the Streets of Siem Reap

Running the Streets of Siem Reap

I packed my running clothes, hoping I could run on my trip. I wasn’t entirely sure it’d be safe, and I didn’t know if I could bear the heat even if it was safe, but when  I got to Cambodia, I learned that my friend, […]

My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

India is one of those polarizing destinations–people either love it or hate it. It’s raw and gritty, and I feel you have to be there awhile before you start to see the beauty of the place. Even then, it’s a love-hate relationship. Nothing is easy. […]

Experiencing the Bangkok Buzz

Experiencing the Bangkok Buzz

First impressions: Bangkok is huge, congested, and hard to get from point A to point B. There seems to be no real downtown area, or at least none that I can tell. It’s a huge urban sprawl, with skyscrapers randomly thrown about. I have no […]

Jodhpur: Where the Simple Act of Going Somewhere Becomes an Adventure

Jodhpur: Where the Simple Act of Going Somewhere Becomes an Adventure

Jodhpur pulsates color. Flower garlands and colorful fabrics dance in the wind against the blue walls of the city.  Cows meander down the streets. I didn’t know much about the city; I only knew that I wanted to visit on my second trip to India after […]

Beyond Unique Escapes: Sustainable Travel in Siem Reap

Beyond Unique Escapes: Sustainable Travel in Siem Reap

When I was in Cambodia, I spent a day with Beyond Unique Escapes, a local tour company in Siem Reap that offers responsible, community focused tours across Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. I like to read up on tour companies before I book because I always worry […]

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

I exit the metro station at the Nanluguxiang stop and look around, searching for a sense of direction. A silver fence separates me from multiple lanes of traffic. I stare at the bicyclers, part in wonder and part in admiration.  Traffic rushes by, leaving a […]

Niranjana Public Welfare Trust

Niranjana Public Welfare Trust

Niranjana Public Welfare Trust works in a small village just outside of Bodhgaya, Bihar. The Trust works in many different capacities: they have a school, a healthcare clinic, an orphanage, and they help provide resources for farmers in the community. The school is just a […]

Vacha Trust: An Girls’ Empowerment Organization Working in Mumbai

Vacha Trust: An Girls’ Empowerment Organization Working in Mumbai

Vacha Trust is an organization in Mumbai, India that works to empower girls living the in nearby slum communities. The organization began as a resource center, but now offers training for girls so that they can be active citizens in their community. They teach leadership, […]

Five Reasons to Visit Istanbul Now

Five Reasons to Visit Istanbul Now

Istanbul. A city where the frenzied pace of nearly 15 million residents is interrupted by the idyllic Bosphorus Strait. The call to prayer, the rose-gold sunsets, the smell of warm simit (a popular circular bread), the twinkling lights. Istanbul enchants even the most hardened tourists. It’s hard not […]

Vacha: Empowering Girls in Mumbai

Vacha: Empowering Girls in Mumbai

I found the Vacha organization through a Google search. I actually found three different organizations (one in Delhi, one in Kolkata, and Vacha in Mumbai) doing work with gender issues. I sent emails to all three explaining who I was and a little about my […]