Change you can believe in

Change you can believe in

A strange and sometimes aggravating phenomenon occurs here in India whereby nobody seems to have small bills or coins. Not taxi drivers, not food vendors, not bookstores, not hotels – nobody. Unless you pay with exact change, no matter the situation, the person you’re paying will say “do you have change?” If you say no,…

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Elephanta Island

Elephanta Island

A couple days ago, we headed out to Elephanta Island, a small Island in Mumbai Harbor about 6 miles east of Mumbai. We were going to see the 1600 year-old caves and rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To get there, you need to catch a ferry – they run every 30 minutes –…

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Our $17 dumbphone

Phones and Head Bobbles, Oh My

Having a phone seems like it will really come in handy here in India. For example, in order to sign up to buy train tickets online, you need an Indian mobile phone number. There is a workaround for people who don’t have one (which we already used), but things are generally easier if you have…

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Mumbai: First Impressions

Mumbai: First Impressions

We’ve been in Mumbai for about 18 hours, and it’s been pretty great so far. We are staying in the “Fort” area, in South Mumbai, a relatively wealthy and touristy area. Normally, that’s kind of annoying, but when you’re sleep-deprived, experiencing jet lag from an 11.5 hour time change, and in a massive city for…

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Down to the wire

Down to the wire

We depart for India a week from tomorrow and are cutting it dangerously close with a few things. First, the good news: the check arrived today from the company that bought our totaled car, and it looks like we will get our Charles Schwab debit card before we leave. Sweet. However, we’ve ordered a few…

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What's in a name?

What’s in a name?

In August of 2013, our friends Sarah and Emily were visiting us in San Diego and we decided to take them to one of our favorite places, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, to watch the sun set over the Pacific. It’s a gorgeous park that claims a couple miles of clifftop real estate along the Pacific…

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A Crazy Thing Happened Leaving Barnes and Noble

A Crazy Thing Happened Leaving Barnes and Noble

How in the world did this whole thing get started? This is a question we get a lot! It was Spring 2013 and we were in the process of selecting our next ‘big trip’ destination. Since 2007 we had taken one every couple of years (Mexico 2007, Vietnam 2010, France/Italy – Honeymoon 2012)  and we…

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The Purge

The Purge

We’ve been steadily getting rid of our possessions over the last few weeks as we prepare to move into a cheaper, furnished house for our last couple months in San Diego. We’ve gone through several purge “waves” over the last couple months and after each wave we’ve looked around the house and said, “How do…

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