Devon Street and the Mango Lassi Myth

Devon Street and the Mango Lassi Myth

Ah, the inimitable flavor of Devon Street. When I first heard of this famous and highly praised avenue in Chicago, I felt I was being told of a magical and faraway land, a fairytale come true—and for me, a desi, it turned out to be just that. Growing up in the middle...
Education in Europe

Education in Europe

So you want to go to Europe to study? It’s not as simple as you might think. This isn’t backpacking across Europe. A serious and effective study abroad semester or year means mostly staying in one place and taking advantage of educational and cultural resources that...
Letter to my Backpack

Letter to my Backpack

Dear Blue, I’ve heard them say that dog is man’s best friend. Well, I never had a dog. I’ve had only you, dear old friend, you who are so old I cannot even remember where I found you. It was you who patiently waited as I packed and unpacked, and packed you up again...
Europe on a budget

Europe on a budget

When you hear the words “budget travel,” do you cringe and think, “Oh no, sleeping in noisy, dirty hostels and eating on a dollar a day?” Well, not quite—although that may be fun for some. Here are some ideas on how you can save major cash as you traipse through...
Poros Island, Greece: The Silent In-between

Poros Island, Greece: The Silent In-between

On a whim, I booked two tickets to paradise—meaning Greece. A low budget airline in Europe was offering ridiculously great deals (they’re out of business now, unsurprisingly!), and I knew it was now or never.  I did not prepare with guidebooks, nor did I overwhelm...