Long before this trip gone awry, I volunteered successfully in India. It was the summer of 2014 and I was planning my third annual winter Indian vacation. Sounds quite exciting when you phrase it that way, doesn't it. I was reflecting on myself and how privileged I am to be able to go for … Continue reading Volunteering in India.
Leaving home is difficult. Entering the unknown and being surrounded by the unfamiliar can be overwhelming. But I planned everything. I was in regular contact with all of my volunteer projects and everything was confirmed. There was nothing to be worried about. There was no room for uncertainty. Before you read this, please do not … Continue reading Why I Came Home.
I've taken busses in India before. An 8 hour day trip, some school busses, a city bus. But this bus was on another level. An overnight bus that went from 9pm to 8am, I was nervous about the sleeping situation but I'm a heavy sleeper so I knew that eventually it would be fine. So … Continue reading Bus to Bangalore.
Ok so 47 may be an exaggeration, but it's how I feel. My blog caption should probably be changed from 'to India' to 'to the hospital'. Breaking my hand, wrist, and now kidney stones definitely rank this trip up there for worst vacation ever. *If you're new here, I have previously been to India 5 … Continue reading Samantha Jo Goes to the Hospital – Part 47
I know I said I was taking a break, but it was too hard. I love writing in my blog. Hope you're not disappointed that I'm back so soon 😝 Earlier this week, I googled some nearby places for unique activities since I've looked at so many hills and the pictures are all starting to … Continue reading Green Park Spice Plantation Review – Kumily, Kerala.
Just when I thought this was my worst trip to India because of the terrible flight experience, multiple volunteer projects cancelling on me and subsequently leading to me waste a quarter of my entire budget within a week... it got worse. In India, most bathrooms are classified as 'wet bathrooms'. This essentially means that there is no partition … Continue reading Breaking My Hand and Finding a Cheaper Apartment.
After my disastrous week, I managed to secure the cheapest AirBNB home in all of South India at just $232 for a month. Yes, a private room for less than $8 per day. Big room, tv, good modern house, hot water, and toilet paper. Yes, toilet paper is a big deal and I had not … Continue reading Renting an Apartment in India.
After deciding to leave Thekkady, I booked a house in nearby Kuttikkanam. It was a little more than an hour drive, but well worth the beautiful pure scenery. See how it's right there in the middle of the lush green 😍 Anyways, so I am renting a room in a beautiful house atop a hill. Presently the … Continue reading Kuttikkanam, Kerala.
Now this is the story all about how My flights got flipped, turned upside down And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there I'll tell you how I became a hostage in a series of airport mishaps. OK, I admit the last line sucked. Sorry. All times listed are in Central time … Continue reading My 3-Day Nightmare Journey to India.
In late 2014, I was shopping for flights when I heard about a website called JetRadar.com in a YouTube video by Kristen Sarah. I don't recall the exact content of the video, but I remember that this website had cheap fares due to long layovers. A long layover is just a mini-vacation, right? Right! On I … Continue reading Story Time: 22 Hours in Zurich.