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On A Month Alone In: India

@Leslie Green@facebook I'm a Western woman who spends part of every year working in India (not alone-alone, since I have co-workers, but I've lived by myself, stayed in hotels by myself, eaten alone, ridden trains and planes and buses and cars and rickshaws alone, gone alone for walks at night, etc). I have never had a single problem in India, and think in fact it's a remarkable safe country. I don't want to idealize it, because obviously every place has problems, but the few times I've been verbally harassed, strangers have leapt to my defense. You might well get ripped off here and there (as the author says, people claiming not to have change is annoyingly common), but I've never been made to feel unsafe.

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 4:11 am 0

On Ideas for a Solo Traveler

@BS Yes, I was totally going to say India! It's a bit expensive to get there (assuming you're coming from the US), but once you're there you can save a lot of money. Also, the train system is amaaaaazing and wonderful, which makes it so easy to travel from place to place. And the only time I've ever been harassed, as a woman alone, was on a bus in rural Haryana (ie, a place with a fairly bad reputation for its treatment of women) by some guy who I think was drunk, and everyone else on the bus banded together to defend me.

I love India so much, everyone should go!

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm 0

On How to Get Sent to the TB Sanatorium

I got pneumonia a few years ago when I was working in the Middle East, and was in the hospital for about a week. Anyway, when I was first getting admitted to the hospital, they did a chest X-ray, and then the doctor came to see me and the first thing he said was, "Good news, it doesn't look like TB!" and my reaction was "WTF JC I HADN'T REALIZED THAT WAS A POSSIBILITY!!"

But I did not have TB, and so all was happy.

Posted on September 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm 0

On 'Pin Picks: A Perfect Ten

'A Suitable Boy' is *even better* than everyone says. Read it! Read it now!

But I have to admit I have not myself read 'The Golden Gate', so I guess I need to catch up on some Seth reading too.

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm 0

On Read These and Suicide's Note: An Annual

Oh, these are fantastic. The second one is my favorite, but both: so good.

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm 0

On Texts From Rebecca

@Spice&Snails&PuppyDogTails OMG BOSTON HAS A BOOKCLUB? Can NYC get a book club?

Sorry for the all caps, I just love book clubs and Hairpin, so it's like my two favorite tastes swirled together.

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm 0

On Driving Alone

For my job, I spend part of the year living in India. Recently, I was on a train, and happened to be sitting next to a young Australian woman (I think she was 18 or 19), who was traveling alone in India for the next month. Which I think is great! But this woman was the definition of unprepared. During our conversation, it transpired that she did not know the meaning of sari, om, or paneer, the difference (or not) between Mumbai and Bombay, had no knowledge of Indian food (she seems to have confused it with Thai food), pretty much no knowledge of Indian culture in general, no idea how to find her hotel, or the neighborhood it was in, once we arrived at our destination (I ended up walking her to it), and various other things I've probably since forgotten. Luckily, she was heading to a volunteer organization the next day, which I assume would help guide her.

So anyway, I love the idea of traveling alone, but please prepare a little more than this.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm 1

On Estate Jewelry: Bird Heads, Bridal Crowns, and an Eyeball

Taxidermy hummingbird jewelry was huge in England during the second half of the 19th century.

AHHHHHHHHHHH WHAT IS THIS NO.

On the other hand, I'd totally wear the glass eye ring.

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm 2

On Really Good Books About the Sea Being Terrible

@lil_bobbytables My mom does! But it's a Caribbean-esque type of nautical, so more palm trees and sea shells, and fewer killer whales and salt biscuits.

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 6:43 am 1

On My Recent Life According to My Yelp.com Reviews

@ap_physics

Korzo's is so amazing! I haven't had their Bloody mMry's though. I'll have to get one next time I'm there.

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 9:02 am 0