On the Old Delhi Food Trail

When we first arrived in India, we stayed in New Delhi, the planned city the British built in the early twentieth century to be their capital in India. We were near Connaught Place, designed to be...

Ojek Nation: Indonesia

Jakarta was our first stop in Indonesia and our first Asian city, and many people seem to think it’s a dump. But I liked it. One of my favorite things about Jakarta, and Indonesia in general...

Wellington a Canvas for Its Residents

We spent two and a half days in Wellington, and what I remember of the city is a swirl of sights. Our location was ideal, just one block from Cuba Street, in a building that used to be the Hannah...

Hobbiton Delights While Undergoing Repairs

Todd and I toured the Hobbiton film set while we were staying in Hamilton, a quiet city south of Auckland on the North Island. We drove down winding roads (on the left!) until we saw the sign for...

What I Mean When I Say “Sydney”

Our six-month trip began in Sydney, and we’ll be spending about two weeks in each country until we arrive in India, where we’ll stay two months beginning in December. It’s a long...

12 Cities, 1 Year

In June 2011, my husband and I sold our house and most of our belongings and set out for the West Coast. We packed what we thought we needed in our red Prius. We planned to begin in Missoula, head...

Kansas: Why I Hate It and Love It

Sometimes when I drive from Denver to Kansas City, I wonder if I will be doing this drive when I’m eighty. The high, flat plains of eastern Colorado and western Kansas tend to bring out the...

Why Do You Want to Go to Pakistan?

I had an interesting conversation the other day with a woman who went to Pakistan in the mid-2000s to do research for a novel she was writing. Her advice to me was, “Don’t go. It’s...

Folk Art at Atlanta’s High Museum

One thing I love to do when traveling is visit art museums. It tells me something about a city I can’t figure out any other way. I find that public art, which tends to be large and blocky or...

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Vaccines for Asia Travel

Even though the start date has been pushed back to October (or even later, though I hope not), we are still forging ahead with planning our trip to Asia. (We are starting in New Zealand, or NOT ASIA...