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A 20 Hour Indian Train Experience

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4:30 pm The panic I felt while stuck in mind-boggling traffic is fading. I’ve made it to the Varanasi Junction station in time for my 4:45 train to Agra. I step inside, and India assaults me full force. It seems that not a single spot in the train station is unoccupied; people are sitting and […]

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You Can Check Out Anytime You Like…

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I woke up to the sounds of tinny music and movement. With my body seriously confused about what time zone it was in, I hadn’t slept much. But once I regained an awareness of the fact that I’d spent a night at the Hotel Diplomat, I got out of bed and immediately got into a […]

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Shuddering on Sudder Street

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Indian expats, like expats from Ghana and many other countries of the global South do not travel lightly when returning to their original countries. Trips home often require bringing back extra suitcases full of goods and gifts for relatives and friends. So after making it through a slow line to clear immigration at the airport […]

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Wanderful Words No. 22: A Map for Saturday

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Turistas. Hostel. The Beach. These are all examples of Hollywood’s poor representations of traveling with a budget and a backpack. So it was refreshing to finally watch A Map for Saturday, a documentary by Brook Silva-Braga that takes a realistic look into the world of long term solo backpacking. While my month-or-sos away would not […]

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The Art of Squatting: A Guide to Using Squat Toilets

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I remember the beginning of my first squat toilet experience vividly. I was 17 and visiting Ghana for the first time in 15 years. Ghanaians love formalities, and because we’d been away for so long as a family, there were many welcome home rituals to take care of. A trip to my mom’s home village […]

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Bolivian Transportation Survival Guide

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Home to the official “World’s Most Dangerous Road”, Bolivia is notoriously challenging to travel through. Its extreme geography is a huge part of what makes it such a unique country, but it can also make it tricky to get from place to place. If you plan on visiting many different parts of the country, it’s […]

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Bolivian Expectations: Hostels

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As I was preparing for traveling through Bolivia, I noticed that there was very little information on what I might find there. I know that not knowing what to expect and figuring it out upon arrival can be part of the fun of travel. But sometimes a little preparation allows you to make the most […]

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