Biking Through Salzburg- Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour

Biking Through Salzburg- Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour

Biking Through Salzburg- Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour I had heard great things about a few bike tours around Salzburg and how easy it was to go biking through Salzburg.  Wanting to do something different, and having seen the city and some of the smaller towns such as Hallstatt, I came across Fraulein Maria’s bicycle tour.  Named after the main character of “The Sound of Music”, the tours offered a alternative way to see the city and some of the famous sights from the movie.  Since it was supposed to be…

Recommended Movies about India

Recommended Movies about India

Recommended Movies about India Similar to my post about novels and books to read to gain more insight about Indian life and culture, here are a few movies that are worth watching.  Of course they are made by Hollywood and the Western world, and the most authentic movies would be from Bollywood.  I saw two Bollywood movies while in India and would also recommend giving them a watch (although they are in Hindi with no English subtitles!) Life of Pi Similar to the book, Life of Pi tells the story…

Recommended Books and Novels about India

Recommended Books and Novels about India

Recommended Books and Novels about India When I travel to a particular country, I try to ready books about that particular country, both non-fiction and fiction.  I find that doing so helps to enhance one’s experience and appreciation for the particular culture in question.  I had plenty of time to read during those long bus and train journeys, including an 18 hour one from Jaisalmer to Delhi!  Here are a few of my favorites, as well as a couple others that I did not get a chance to read, but…

My Experiences Staying in an Ashram in Rishikesh

My Experiences Staying in an Ashram in Rishikesh

My Experiences Staying in an Ashram in Rishikesh Although very stereotypical, I knew I wanted to stay in an ashram during my time in Rishikesh to have a different experience than the hostels I have stayed in thus far.  Made popular by the Beatles, Rishikesh is now a tourist mecca for Indians and foreigners.  Some come for spiritual enlightenment and to “find themselves”, while others come for yoga teacher training or to simply see what all of the fuss is about.  I like to think that I belong in the…

Animal Aid Unlimited, Udaipur

Animal Aid Unlimited, Udaipur

Animal Aid Unlimited, Udaipur When researching what to do in Udaipur, I came across Animal Aid Unlimited, an organization that provides services to the many street dogs, cows, donkeys, etc that roam the city streets.  Since I was starting to get bored of the traditional temples, forts, and city palaces that all of the major cities in Rajasthan had, it seemed like a good chance to do something different.  Throughout my time in India thus far, I’ve come across more than my share of dogs and cows wandering the streets. …

Volunteering at Patara Elephant Farm

Volunteering at Patara Elephant Farm

This post is a little overdue (I visited Patara Elephant Farm back in January), but I was waiting on some pictures from that day, and am just getting around to writing about it now.  I knew when I first decided to go to Thailand that I wanted to spend some time with elephants.  Elephants are one of my favorite animals.  I think that they are just fascinating and intelligent creatures.  Thailand has a problem with many elephants being mistreated in the tourism and manufacturing industries.  Elephants are chained up and beaten until…