Mountain Gorillas in Uganda: a Photo Essay

In September 2017 I had the opportunity to go gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. At the time of publishing this article in September 2017, there were 15 mountain gorilla families that can be tracked in Uganda: 14 in Bwindi and 1 in the Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Not all of the gorilla families in Uganda have been habituated. There are four primary … Continue reading Mountain Gorillas in Uganda: a Photo Essay

How To Keep Costs Low on a Maui Vacation

Vacationing on Maui (or any of the Hawaiian islands) can be expensive, especially if you travel during peak times such as the December holidays, spring break, and summer. But there are ways to keep your costs low. In this article I am going to go through some ideas in detail. {Cost Saving Idea 1: Rent a Car} Rent a car vs. taxis and Ubers. If … Continue reading How To Keep Costs Low on a Maui Vacation

How to Obtain a First Time OCI Card for People Who Were Born in the USA Based on Both Parents’ Birth in India: Step-by-Step Guide

The Indian government has created a system whereby former Indian citizens as well as people of Indian origin may be eligible to get an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card. They have partnered with an organization called Cox & Kings Global Services to handle logistics for OCI cards, Visas and other documents regarding travel to India. As far as I can tell, they are not … Continue reading How to Obtain a First Time OCI Card for People Who Were Born in the USA Based on Both Parents’ Birth in India: Step-by-Step Guide

Tocumen International Airport, Panama City: Where to Eat During Long Layovers for Vegetarians and Vegans

Tocumen International Airport is big and modern. It’s gotta be one of the busiest airports in Central America – if not the busiest. There are lots of stores such as Adidas, Dolce & Gabbana ads everywhere and of course, Duty Free shops where one can buy more alcohol and chocolate than you’d ever consume. Upstairs, the airport has a big food court.  The good news … Continue reading Tocumen International Airport, Panama City: Where to Eat During Long Layovers for Vegetarians and Vegans

Travel Earbuds for Petite Women or Anyone With REALLY Small Ears

I recently flew on KLM Airlines from San Francisco to Uganda. It was really cool that they offered passengers complimentary headphones. They were the blue ones you see below, with the bubble ears (I don’t know what they’re actually called). But they didn’t stay in my ears. Am I the only petite woman with this problem? I have very small ears and I’ve tried several … Continue reading Travel Earbuds for Petite Women or Anyone With REALLY Small Ears

Indian Food in Montevideo, Uruguay

You wouldn’t think that there’d be Indian food in Uruguay as a very small country nestled in between Brazil and Argentina, both places that don’t have much of a South Asian diaspora. We learned that there are about 200 South Asians living in Montevideo. Most people arrived there to work or Tata Consulting which has an office in Montevideo. And on Saturdays they play cricket … Continue reading Indian Food in Montevideo, Uruguay

Detailed Information and Review of the Hyatt Centric, Montevideo, Uruguay

I recently stayed at the Hyatt Centric Montevideo for 9 nights. Today is day 5. It was October, so mid-spring in Uruguay. The temperate ranged from the high 60s to mid 70s and wavers between cloudy and sunny. When I write blog post reviews about accommodations I tend to be very detailed and specific. And I tend to write about details I’d like to know … Continue reading Detailed Information and Review of the Hyatt Centric, Montevideo, Uruguay

Women: Balancing Comfort and Photography Equipment While Traveling; Heavy DSLR Lenses and Mistakes I Made.

I made a pretty big mistake today. I rented an f2.8, 70-200mm lens for my Canon T6s and I literally couldn’t hold it up for more than a few minutes. It is SO heavy…5lb. to be exact. I’m going gorilla trekking in Uganda so I can’t rely on a monopod or tripod. I have to take something that I can carry and manage by myself … Continue reading Women: Balancing Comfort and Photography Equipment While Traveling; Heavy DSLR Lenses and Mistakes I Made.

How To Travel Within Uganda: Driving vs. Flying

If you’re planning a trip to Uganda for tourism, it’s more than likely that you’re going to visit some or all of these sites: Murchison Falls Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha area in Queen Elizabeth National Park Fort Portal area Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Kampala Lake Mburo Lake Bunyoni Ziwa National Park There are 10 national parks in Uganda. The most frequented by tourists are Bwindi, … Continue reading How To Travel Within Uganda: Driving vs. Flying

Vegetarian or Vegan Traveling in Uganda

Vegetarian and vegan diets are not common in Uganda. And most tourists who go there aren’t vegan nor vegetarian either. The lodges can cater to vegetarians and vegans but know that there will be fewer options compared to non-vegetarian guests. And you’ll have to make a constant effort to remind lodge staff about your dietary needs. {Context} To provide some context, we were in Uganda … Continue reading Vegetarian or Vegan Traveling in Uganda