10 Reasons to Spend Two Weeks in India

India offers tourists unmatched access to perception-altering sights, sounds, and flavors.  Forget The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; The Darjeeling Limited; Slumdog Millionaire; Eat, Pray, Love; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom—these movies don’t even begin to reveal the real India.  To understand India’s quirks and irks, ceaseless cacophony, and amalgamated intrigue, pity, and revulsion requires a visit.

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Bangkok: Race to the Gate

In 2004 we raced through one of the busiest airports in the world between domestic and international departures in order to make a flight to Costa Rica.  We sat squarely in the middle of the arriving aircraft, waited impatiently to deplane, donned our backpacks, and ran at a full sprint.  Twelve years later we raced through another airport, only this time we were with our son and daughter-in-law (DiL) in southeast Asia.

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The King’s Doctor

We watched in awe as the Doctor hung the IV from the ceiling lamp.  In the middle of an 11-day tour of major Indian attractions, a case of Delhi belly complicated by severe dehydration almost proved fatal—we’ll provide a lot more details of the 11-day trip in a couple weeks.  Now we were in a hotel room with our son, daughter-in-law, and one Indian Doctor-cum-philosopher preparing for two hours of rehydration and pharmaceutical restoration.

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8 Must-See Stops in San Francisco
Stops along a tour of unique San Francisco beverage joints.

8 Must-See Stops in San Francisco

A recent trip to San Francisco to see our son and daughter-in-law was also an opportunity to bike, walk, eat, and drink our way through the City by the Bay.  Staying at a friend’s place in the East Bay also allowed us to try out the ferry and BART, both convenient and economical ways to reach The City whether traveling on two feet or two wheels.

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Sax on the Beach

It was on Boracay in December 2015 that we found our first sax on the beach.  We travelled from our home in India to see my wife’s sister in the Philippines.  Our goal was to replace crowded, noisy, dusty Hyderabad with sand, San Miguel, and the soothing sound of the ocean.

We witnessed the sax on our third day.

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