Solo in Jordan: The Calm of Wadi Rum

It was another early morning start as I fumbled for my belongings in the dark of my hostel room. I had booked a bus with my German roommate to Wadi Rum, and true to form, the bus was 30 minutes late. I was fortunate enough to get a seat, but it seemed that the transit…

Solo in Jordan: Petra, at last

  I thought the rain would hold up. It had been a downpour that morning and then a beautiful clear sky for the most of the trip down. After walking into the visitor’s center, I didn’t think that I would need to be concerned about the rain, but as the temperature dropped, it occurred to…

Solo in Jordan: Getting to Petra

I had set my alarm, packed my bag, and booked my cab. It was dark, with rain pouring steadily as we navigated the empty roundabouts to reach the bus station. I was eager to catch the charter bus south and get to see the famous facades that gained America’s attention in Indiana Jones. Watching the…

Solo in Jordan: The Wonders of Amman

I awoke to another chilly, drizzling day and made my way to the roof of my accommodation to enjoy a hot breakfast and small talk with the other guests. After exchanging stories with German and Romanian travelers who were on their way back home, I caught a cab to the heart of the city to…

Solo in Jordan: Umm Qais, Aljoun, and Jerash

It had been over a year in a half since my last solo trip. After our engagement, I spent my summer break arranging documents and appointments for our marriage and new apartment in Dubai. It was the first summer I stayed in country and there were a few times I nearly went stir-crazy. That winter…

Learning Malayalam? Here’s some help

I’m updating this, as it’s been over a year, and I’ve made some decent progress. I’ve been running my Malayalam page:¬†EliKutty. I’ve played with alphabets, learned some new vocabulary, and revised grammar. I’ll keep adding to this page as time goes and I and my followers find more resources! View this post on Instagram New…

Video Games

Three years ago I went to a video game convention in Abu Dhabi. It was modestly sized, and had a variety of platforms and special guests from the scene. I was surrounded by kids and younger adults, some in wonderful cosplay, and I felt very much like a spectator and not a participant. Some titles…

Post eXchange

The cleaners changed the chemicals for the bathroom, and when I walked in I found myself awash with melancholy. I remembered the same smell from 10 years ago. It was the same chemical smell of sterilization that softly wafted through the Post Exchange at Camp Casey in South Korea. In that moment I was flooded…

Getting Lost and Found in Rural Serbia

The road had long given way to endless potholes filled with the muddy water of melted snow. Our tiny rental precariously scraped over the exposed rocks and gravel as we anxiously followed the map and tried to estimate if we could transverse the remaining kilometers until the next turn. We had been on the road…

Our Wedding in Kochi

  The metropolitan city of Kochi is filled with migrants and tourists alike, and is no stranger to the sight of a foreigner walking through the streets, shops, and local scenery. However, from the looks of the guests at the Grand Hyatt, it was apparent that seeing a westerner clothed in the golden garments of…