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: 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…

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…

The Pressure of Being Best

The first time I ever failed something I was walking around a popular mall in San Antonio. It was near the beginning of the school year, and I had done some shopping for books at the local Barnes and Noble. I checked my phone and saw that I had an email in regards to an…

Kerala Floods

It’s consuming my mind these last two days. The beautiful state of Kerala is under water. Something of this scale hasn’t happened in nearly 100 years. The effects are devastating. I visited Kerala last winter. it’s Arjun’s homeland and the home to 34 million residents. 36000 people have been displaced so far, and the death…

Building Bridges with Language

When I first met Arjun, I was no stranger to Malayalam. Because of my Malayali friends, I knew a smattering of phrases to greet or swear at people. However, when I realized our relationship would become serious, I started to delve into the language. I talk about it more here.¬† I was shocked when I…

My Life in Music

There’s not a moment where I’m not listening to music. When I work, I can be seen with my giant headphones on and lost in thought. When driving, I can almost estimate distance by how many songs it takes to get from Point A to Point B. At home, I let my iTunes play on…