Monthly Archives: October 2014

Making friends abroad

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The first time I flew abroad by myself in my adult life was to the UK in 2009. On my flight I sat next to a British couple around my age. At first I was kinda like great, these two are gonna be annoying and talk the whole time! 😮

Surprisingly they were quiet. The guy knocked out. The girl sat next to me and started a conversation, which, usually I don’t like to talk to my “seat next door” person. She was cool though and the best part was that she had a bottle of vodka from duty free and offered me some to put in my cranberry juice lol. I didn’t even see that coming but it was great! We became facebook friends and that’s about it but she made my flight extremely enjoyable!

Another person I will never forget was a sweet little girl named…well, we decided her name was Consuela. We were in the bathroom at our resort in Mexico and I heard my friend telling someone that they could go use the next available stall. I didn’t hear a response. When I was washing my hands, the cutest little girl came over and politely smiled as she shyly washed her hands. She kept staring at me. She was ADORABLE!! My friend later told me she was telling the little girl to go next for the bathroom, but the little girl kept insisting she go next. Later, we saw her with what appeared to be her mom and some of her friends. She was singing and wasn’t acting like the shy little girl we saw before! We started calling her Chiquita, but then later decided to name her Consuela. I was hoping to bump into her again so we could get a selfie with her, but it never happened. Boo!
I must also note, our cab driver in Mexico, named Enrique Eglasias! He was awesome!

I have a friend who I met abroad once (who is hopefully reading this blog btw) we found out we went to the same university at around the same time! We added each other on Facebook to discover we had like 10 mutual friends! Really makes you realize how small this world is!

These are just a few examples of experiences I’ve had. Thankfully so far I have not ran into harmful people, because you do have to be careful who you trust, as not everyone has good intentions. Not everyone wants to be your friend, definitely keep an eye out for the bad seeds and be careful not to give out too much personal info, especially if you sense something odd.

I’m the type of person that make friends very easily, everywhere I go and obviously I LOVE making friends when I travel! I have had some interesting encounters with people in this world. Some that have lasted, some that were just encounters that were temporary. I’m a pretty spiritual person, and I believe in the universe. I believe that certain people in certain circumstances appear in the story of your life for a reason, and that you will know it once you encounter it. You never know what you can learn from someone you may cross paths with at any given moment.

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The sun, the moon and the beach!

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The sun, the moon and the beach!

Some of the best sunsets I’ve seen!

Sunset at Rick's Cafe. Negril, Jamaica.

Sunset at Rick’s Cafe. Negril, Jamaica.

Incredible India!

Incredible India!

Red sunset in Montego Bay, Jamaica!

Red sunset in Montego Bay, Jamaica!

Moonlight in Astoria, New York

Moonlight in Astoria, New York

Fuengirola, Spain

Fuengirola, Spain

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Rick's Cafe. Negril, Jamaica

Rick’s Cafe. Negril, Jamaica

There’s nothing I love more than a good sunset or sunrise, especially pon di beach, mon!

Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Jamaica displays an absolute breathtaking sunset! The rays from the sunset are amazing and def worth the trip!!! Above are some photos from Ricks as well as other beautiful sunsets, moonlights and plain old sunshine that caught my eye. I’ll probably update this a few times 😉

Screaming babies while traveling

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So there are two sides to this topic. Parents traveling with young kids is definitely a very stressful situation, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. On the one hand, maybe the new parents are traveling to see family who may be elder or unable to travel, so it’s up to them to lug themselves and the crying child on an airplane for 16 hours to the motherland. Maybe the babysitter bailed and mommy has to take baby with her to the other side of town on a jam packed train. Whatever the reason may be; parents travel with newborns and toddlers. Children are children and they will cry. They will scream. They will run and jump if not held down, and you and every other person will get annoyed.

I’m pretty sure the parents are embarrassed as well as exhausted and frustrated that they can’t make their child stop. They must also be concerned that their child is unhappy and I can sympathize a loving parents doesn’t wish to see their child unhappy.

On the flip side, especially for those of us without kids, we roll our eyes, get annoyed, look for ways to move seats if possible, or huff and puff frantically in our heads (this ones meeee!)

All sides agree , it’s annoying and uncomfortable situation. Some tips may be to carry earplugs to at least block SOME of the noise, practice patience skills and wait it out. This may be a good exercise for those who aim to improve their self control and patience levels. If you are bold enough with a big heart and have been in the situation, you could maybe try helping out the parents if possible.

As for the parents, I understand that you can’t control when your child will start to get moody, but you could prepare by possibly getting them to fall asleep before travelling, or may bing bringing along their favorite toys/games that you know will keep them quiet and happy.

Punjabi’s in Mexico?!?!

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You never know what interesting facts you may end up discovering while researching the destinations you are planning to travel. I was heading to Mexico about a year ago and as I was doing my research, I decided to be weird and research if there happened to be any of my ethnicity in Mexico. I’m Indian (Arab, not Cherokee as some idiot once asked me as a “clarification” smh)

I googled “Punjabi’s in Mexico” and actually found out there IS an Indian population, specifically from my part of India, Punjab, in Mexico City! The population IS small but have a temple and everything! The article was quite interesting on the journey and immigration from Punjab to Mexico. I was def pleasantly surprised.
Here are some articles on it:

http://www.sikhpioneers.org/mexhindu.html

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_immigration_to_Mexico

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism_in_Mexico

I also find it interesting that there is an Asian population in Jamaica. And Brazilians in Italy, Russians in Southern India. I’ve also seen many Jamaicans in England and I’ve always wondering what brought them out there (well, jobs of course) but they chose England instead of America which is closer with a lot more opportunities, so I still do wonder.

Old fashioned mindsets would never think that a Venezuelan would decide to settle in say China. This day and age one has more opportunities to explore and create a different life in a different country with a different culture. Why not?! It’s a challenge far and few may not choose, but for those who can and have, I will be the first to cheer them on!

Things we miss while traveling abroad

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I saw a fun article on buzzfeed the other day about foods Americans miss when traveling abroad to Europe. It was entertaining and reminded me if when I went to Spain and hated the food!

The good thing was, I lost a lot of weight and felt so good! The bad thing was, obviously I was starving and got sick of only eating potatoes bravo (potatoes with hot sauce) like every day!!!

Potatoes Bravos

Potatoes Bravos

I remember thinking don’t these people like crave cupcakes?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Also, while I was in England a few months ago I really, really, really found myself missing Dunkin Donuts coffee! Ohhhh how I would have murdered for a cup!! They have the usual Starbucks but the most common coffee shop I found in England was Costa. It’s disgusting!!!!! Another things weird about coffee in England is that they do not have half and half. I asked for it once at Costa and they told me they have semi skimmed. What the hell is that?!?!? And that is NOT half and half!!!! It made me so frustrated I switched to drinking tea until I came back to NYC and got my dunkin fix!

When my parents went to India a few years back, I remember my mom, who mind you, is from India, came back complaining about how the worst part of India is that they don’t use toilet paper! She says she will never go back without bringing a few rolls from home!

Another huge thing we do miss while traveling to some parts of the world, as much as I sorta hate to admit is, is WIFI!!!!! Our resort in Mexico only had wifi in the lobby for a certain amount of time a day. Same with the Rui Montego Bay in Jamaica. We found a Starbucks in Playa Del Carmen with wifi and I couldn’t speak to my friend for a good half hour while her phone was beeping and whistling as she connected back with the world!

Welcome to my Kaleidoscope!

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Welcome to my blog and to my first blog entry! My blog is going to be a kaleidoscope of travel, experiences, culture, beauty, fashion, advice and other random thoughts.

Traveling is my biggest passion!! I want to go everywhere and see everything!! I’ve learned through past travels how small this world is, and how similar as human beings we are. I’ve had some memorable experiences so far, and knock on wood, not too many bad experiences. It’s interesting who you can meet, what you can see and experiences you can partake in when you are out in this world! The world Is a very colorful place.

The Wikipedia description of a kaleidoscope is that it is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors; hence, observation of beautiful forms. I invite you to observe the beautiful forms of life through my kaleidoscope. I promise it to be a colorful ride!