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…

Driving and Staying in Margaret River

  I hit the road by lunch time and took the first drive of my trip to Margaret River. The roads were open and the driving was easy. I handled being on the left side quite well. It is only about a three hours journey to reach Margaret River from Perth, so it didn’t take…

Perth- A night in Fremantle

This is the first of many, many, many, posts about my long trip across Australia and New Zealand. Considering that it took four posts just cover 10 days in Kerala, I’m expecting it to take quite a while to give this 8 week trip the attention it deserves. I will do my best to present…

One Week in Tamil Nadu: Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry

Now for the final post of Tamil Nadu. You can find Part1 and Part 2 here. I flew back into Chennai from Trichy with Indigo Air. It was my first time in ages flying in a propeller  plane. My bag didn’t fit the overhead compartment, but thankfully I was able to keep it in an…

A Week in Tamil Nadu: Thanjuvur, Kumbakonam, and Trichy

Welcome back to my latest adventure in the southern states of India. In my previous post I discussed my arrival and few days in Madurai. My trip continues from here. Early in the morning, I awoke, packed my bags, and awaited my ride. I was meeting a friend’s friend, one who is dear and important to…