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60 Seconds in India

INDIA | Thursday, 1 May 2014 | Views [813]

A white-bearded sweet old man with a genuine heart An elephant walking down a highway 19 people crammed into a single rickshaw An old man pushing his pedal bike uphill An entire family that thinks a white person is a zoo animal 4 religions living in ... Read more >

Tags: asia, backpacking, budget travel, culture, food, india, people, places, religion, travel

Block Printing in India

INDIA | Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 | Views [2598] | Comments [1]

Block Printing Posted on   March 24, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Friday, March 14, 2014 Yeah sure, I love calling a tent home, having my nails be painted only with dirt, and I’m okay admitting that I am still ... Read more >

Tags: block printing, dying, india, jaipur, travel

Golden Temple

INDIA | Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | Views [1943]

Golden Temple Posted on   April 5, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Friday, March 28, 2014 We left  Rishikesh  before we were ready. After an hour bus ride with our heads spending more time glued to the ceiling ... Read more >

Tags: amritsar, golden temple, india, religion, sikh, travel

I Lost My Chapstick in Pakistan

INDIA | Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | Views [1362]

I Lost My Chapstick in Pakistan Posted on   April 6, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Pakistan Border – 35 kilometers outside Amritsar The four of us wanted to go to the Wagah Border Closing Ceremony which was ... Read more >

Tags: border closing ceremony, india, national security, pakistan, travel

Jaipur, India

INDIA | Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | Views [892]

Posted on   March 22, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Wednesday, March 12, 2014 We arrived in  Jaipur  at 4:50 a.m. A rickshaw took us from the train station to  Krishna Palace  in Bani Park where we would ... Read more >

Tags: budget travel, india, jaipur, travel

Kochi and South India

INDIA | Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | Views [840]

Kerala – Kochi Posted on   March 2, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Valentines Day Kochi We checked into  Mother Tree Inn  and all excited that we both had slept on the overnight train- went out to ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, city, cooking, cuisine, culture, india, travel

Munnar - Tea Lover's Paradise

INDIA | Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | Views [791]

Kerala – Munnar (Tea Lovers Paradise!) Posted on   March 4, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Sunday, February 16, 2014 Happy Birthday Sweet Big Sis Carla!!!  We stood in the street for a few minutes ... Read more >

Tags: factory, hillside, mountains, sunrise, tea, travel, trekking

Jaisalmer India

INDIA | Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | Views [1039]

Jaisalmer Posted on   March 18, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Friday, March 7, 2014 Just before 5 a.m. we arrived on the platform of the Jaisalmer train station. An exceptionally bubbly young man greeted us and had us ... Read more >

Tags: desert, fort, india, jaisalmer, thar desert, travel

Camel Safari in India

INDIA | Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | Views [1599]

“Ha!!!!!!!!! T he is checking you out. Look at him – Oh T… he is giving you the stare down.” James was beyond excited about my hot desert date with Papu. Meet  Kalu, Lalu and Papu:  Kalu: Kalu ... Read more >

Tags: budget travel, camel, camping, desert, safari, thar dessert, travel, travel

Holi Festival

INDIA | Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | Views [888]

Holi Festival Posted on   March 24, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Sunday, March 16, 2014 To watch the preparation for the biggest celebration in India, we headed to the streets to get a feel for just how crazy the ... Read more >

Tags: budget travel, holi festival, india, jaipur, rajasthan, spring, travel

Living in an Ashram in India

INDIA | Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | Views [654]

Living in an Ashram – Rishikesh Posted on   March 25, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Wednesday, March 19, 2014 While the Indian Railways booking system is the tiniest bit confusing we have finally managed to ... Read more >

Tags: ashram, budget travel, india, rajasthan, rishikesh, travel

Alleppey- Kerala, India

INDIA | Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 | Views [531]

Alleppey – Backwaters Posted on   March 5, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2014 Alarms went off at 5:30 a.m in  Munnar . With the help of our headlamps we walked to the bus “station.... Read more >

Tags: boats, india, rivers, travel, water

Goa - Sunsets and Scooters

INDIA | Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | Views [1445]

Goa – Snakes, Sunsets and Scooter Rides Posted on   February 19, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione January 25-January 31, 2014 We had the lovely addition of two new volunteers at Mandala this week; Jackson and ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, food, india, markets, roads, travel

Goa, India

INDIA | Monday, 20 Jan 2014 | Views [809]

Last Week in Goa – Goodbyes, Anjuna Market and Overnight Train Posted on   February 28, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione February 9-12th  Our last few days at Mandala flew by. Actually, the whole five weeks ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, india, markets, sunsets, travel, trekking

Mumbai to Goa

INDIA | Saturday, 4 Jan 2014 | Views [491]

India – Mumbai to Goa Posted on   January 17, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Thursday, January 9, 2014 We were flying from the most pristine, sparkling, dripping rich city on this planet to the city with the ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, city, india, travel

Goa - Forts and Beaches

INDIA | Wednesday, 1 Jan 2014 | Views [545]

Goa – Redi Fort, Arambol, Recipes, Mapusa Market Posted on   February 14, 2014 by   Tarynne Mingione Friday, January 17, 2014 The agreement we have while volunteering is to work six days on and have one ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, forts, goa, india, travel

Sicily: Brioche and Granita for Breakfast

ITALY | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Views [1411]

Sicily: Brioche e Granita for Breakfast Posted on   May 9, 2013 by   Tarynne Mingione By Tarynne Ah  Sicily . The largest island in the Mediterranean, extending from the south of Italy and snuggled up ... Read more >

Tags: cuisine, culture, food, italian food, sicily, southern italy, travel

Taormina, Italy

ITALY | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | Views [930]

Taormina Posted on   May 13, 2013 by   James On our last day in  Catania  we decided to get out of town and explore a little bit more of the surrounding area. Although we had been planning to visit  Taormina ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cuisine, culture, europe, food, italy, travel

Mt. Etna

ITALY | Friday, 3 May 2013 | Views [1076]

Mt. Etna Posted on   May 11, 2013 by   James After successfully summiting the largest mountain in Africa we’re now making it a point to climb any other mountains we happen to come across on our journey around ... Read more >

Tags: italy, mountain, travel, trekking, volcano

Italian Coastline

ITALY | Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | Views [911]

Napoli, Sorrento, Amalfi, Pompeii Posted on   April 11, 2013 by   Tarynne Mingione By Tarynne Monday, April 1, 2013 We rushed to board the 9 a.m. train to  Naples  (232km) and were checked ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, city, europe, italy, sunsets, travel, trekking

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