Paris Trip: Day 2 – A Thrilling Adventure Conquering the Eiffel Tower in Paris

You can also tune into this episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible and YouTube. This day did not go as planned. We accidentally slept in until 11:00am and decided to just take our time getting ready for the day. Due to this, we didn’t end up leaving Vibha’s apartment until after 1:00pm. Surprisingly, I’m very pleased with ourContinue reading “Paris Trip: Day 2 – A Thrilling Adventure Conquering the Eiffel Tower in Paris”

Mehndi Ceremony: An American Perspective as an Indian Bride

My husband was born and raised in India and I was born and raised in the United States. When we were in our early stages of dating, we had already begun to talk about marriage as we both knew from day one that we would spend the rest of our lives with each other. So,Continue reading “Mehndi Ceremony: An American Perspective as an Indian Bride”

Paris Trip: Day 1 (Part 2) – Meeting Our Paris Family & Exploring Paris at Night

After landing in Paris at the Charles de Gaulle Airport, we were promptly picked up by one of Monish’s cousins, Prerena. A little backstory: Monish’s aunt and uncle moved to Paris a couple decades ago, and proceeded to have six children. Due to being born and raised in Paris, all six of his cousins speakContinue reading “Paris Trip: Day 1 (Part 2) – Meeting Our Paris Family & Exploring Paris at Night”

Paris Trip: Day 1 (Part 1) – Traveling to Paris, France from Houston, Texas (March 13, 2023)

I’ve dreamed of traveling to Paris for as long as I can remember… I even took French language courses in high school while most kids took Spanish (a much more useful language to learn as Texas has a lot of hispanic culture) because I hoped to one day get to explore the magic of ParisContinue reading “Paris Trip: Day 1 (Part 1) – Traveling to Paris, France from Houston, Texas (March 13, 2023)”

India Trip: Day 8 – Shopping in India and Buying My First Saree

Upon waking up this morning, I went downstairs to find Mom and Dad both awake, despite the early hour it was. Dad invited me to go on a walk with him, which I excitedly agreed to! I quickly got ready and we made our way over to Akota Garden – a beautiful public park thatContinue reading “India Trip: Day 8 – Shopping in India and Buying My First Saree”

What to Expect on Your First Trip to India

As much as I love India, it’s not for everyone. I’m not just saying this – Indians have told me this (specifically my fiancé and his family) as a forewarning to prepare me for my first trip which occurred in March 2022. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the people – ALL of these aspects differ greatly from those of the United States, the environment that I was born and raised in. Monish’s sister actually told me that she’s had friends come visit her in India from different parts of the world, and that some of them are just overwhelmed by everything this incredible country has to offer. Understanding this, Monish began preparing me for my first trip to India back when we first started dating, which happened to begin right before the 2020 pandemic lockdown occurred.

India Trip: Day 7 – Traveling by Train to Vadodara, Gujarat, India (March 20th, 2022)

Today is finally the day that I will travel to Monish’s childhood home and spend time in the place where he grew up. But first, we’ve got to take a 5-hour train ride from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India to Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

India Trip: Day 6 – A Mumbai Adventure (March 19th, 2022)

This morning began by saying goodbye to Mom and Dad as they are heading back to Vadodara to prepare for us to come stay with them. After sending them off to the train station, Moni and I ventured out to purchase fabric for me to take home! I’ve been looking forward to this moment for months now because as an aspiring fashion designer, I know that India manufactures large quantities of textiles and that I will be able to purchase good quality fabrics at a lower cost while here. Moni and I hopped into an auto and made our way to Tirumala Shopping Centre – let the fun begin!

India Trip: Day 5 – Celebrating Holi (March 18th, 2022)

We woke up pretty late this morning after getting some well-deserved rest following all of the travel and adventure surrounding our recent trip to The Taj Mahal. As I was slowly coming-to, I noticed a sound coming from below that was much different than I’d heard on previous mornings in Mumbai… Moni promptly reminded me that today is Holi! Excitement began to fill my body as I realized that today is the day that I finally get to play Holi – and in India, for that matter!

An Italian Adventure (Part 1)

Bailey recalls her first trip across the ocean when she went to Italy in 2011 as part of a high school trip. Read on as she recounts the first 3 days of the trip which include checking out the Colosseum, rushing to the Trevi Fountain, freely roaming through Rome unchaperoned and almost getting lost.