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India Part 2… Mumbai and Goa

29 Jan

Our second day in Mumbai consisted of TGI Fridays and  a lovely shopping mall. We wanted to go see a movie but the times didn’t work out well with our flight to Goa.

We knew that people might think that we were crazy for eating American food in India. Well, when you can’t get American food all of the time, you eat it at every opportunity that you can! So, we nommed away at our TGI Friday’s food. It was delicious and soooo good. It was also our most expensive meal the ENTIRE trip!

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We flew to Goa. It was only an hour flight and so worth it. I really wanted to ride on a train and have the experience of that but, we didn’t have time and we couldn’t figure out how to buy the tickets in time. We were also told that it was safer to fly because the trains can be a bit scary. When we went to board our flight, we walked right outside and this bus was waiting for us. We were a bit surprised because it seems like this is the common way to board flights in India. We did this for almost EVERY flight that we took.

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Once we got to Goa, it was late so we just relaxed at our hotel and ate in the restaurant there. It was really cheap and had delicious food. The next day we hired another taxi to drive us around and show us the sites. I read about a spice plantation tour in our Lonely Planet book that I got for free at our hostel in Beijing. I was pretty excited about that since that book normally costs about $75 USD!

The plantation was a lot of fun. It was really neat to get to see what the spices look like growing in the wild. We had a delicious lunch and then afterwards we got to ride on an elephant for $2!!

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We then went to see some pretty awesome churches. It was really cool to see the Portuguese influence on the Indian culture.

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We then asked to go to the beach so I could dip my feet in the Indian Ocean. Yet ANOTHER thing to check off of my bucket list. Sah-weet!

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We ate dinner in our hotel again. This is just a picture of our delicious feast that we had. The entire meal cost us about $12.

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The next day we got ANOTHER taxi and had this one take us to the beach. We were only there for a few hours but it was well worth it. It was so warm and just nice to be able to have a drink while looking out at the ocean. This was probably one of my favorite days on our trip.

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After that we flew back to Mumbai for the evening and then the next day we were headed to Delhi.

India part 3, Delhi and Agra coming up next….

India- part 1… Mumbai

28 Jan

I have always dreamed of going to India. It started with the magic of Aladdin, even though that isn’t “set” in India. I have always loved bright colors and the thought of seeing the Taj Mahal. If you head over to my bucket list, you’ll see that just going to India was one of the things that I wanted to do before I die. Well, I did.

We flew from Beijing to Mumbai. It took an entire day to do that. We got to Mumbai and to our hotel around 3 am. My first impression of India was a little scary. We were dropped off by a taxi and the driver left before our hotel had the door open. I was a little freaked out and almost in tears. But, the next morning was MUCH better.

The first day we hired a taxi and Nawab drove us all around. He showed us the main sites of Mumbai. First we went to this place that is called Laundry. Hotels and businesses bring their linens here so that these people will wash them and get paid. You can see that this is in a slum.

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Next we went to Victoria Terminus. If you’ve ever seen Slumdog Millionaire, you will recognize this place.

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Across the street was McDonalds. We HAD to go. Being that we were in India and Indians don’t eat cow… we thought that it would be a great experience.

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We headed over to The Gateway to India. Here we had some fun experiences. We saw the gateway which was pretty awesome.

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Then we were “blessed” by a holy man.

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After this, we asked Nawab if he knew of Starbucks Coffee. It just came to India in October 2012 so we thought that it was likely that he didn’t know where it would be. But alas he asked another taxi driver and we were SO thankful to get to go here.

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We saw the ocean, or the bay… and the skyline. It was nice.

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We were so hungry at this point, we didn’t care what we ate. We headed across the street from our hotel to a vegetarian restaurant. It was delicious. We ended up eating a bunch of food for about $5 for the both of us. We couldn’t believe it!

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Tomorrow… Mumbai day 2 and Goa

Adventures in cooking

28 Nov

If you knew me before this last year, you knew that I didn’t like to cook. I occasionally liked to bake and even that was extremely stressful. 

Well I guess I would have to say that I found my “domestic” shoes and I’m wearing them all the time. I guess it started with the super cute apron my bff Hannah got me last year for Christmas. Anytime I am in the kitchen doing something or washing the dishes, you better believe that I am wearing that apron. It just makes me feel… domestic. 

Over the next few posts, I’m going to attempt to show you some of the things that I have cooked. I’m quite proud of myself. I have never liked cooking until I started hanging out with Aaron. (I guess once you get a boyfriend/ best friend who is a guy… you’ll love to cook as well)

Today I’m going to talk about the first meal that I ever made from “scratch” for Aaron. 

Crab Eggplant Penne Bake:

I found this recipe on Pinterest (I have found so many amazing things on that site!) It called for summer squash and zucchini, well I couldn’t find that. I added cherry tomatoes and eggplant instead. OH man was it heavenly. 

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We had cantalope and a small salad with it as well. I was afraid that I was setting the bar too high, but ya gotta start somewhere. 

If you want to click here it will take you to my board that will give you the recipe on the original site. 

Let me know if you try it and what you ended up using in yours! 

 

Uni= Not Yummy

16 Oct

A couple of weeks ago my friends and I went out for sushi after church. We actually wanted some Indian food but the restaurant had just closed for their lunch break, so we ended up eating sushi. Yes, sushi was not my first choice. Gasp.

Well the girls and I sat down and thankfully Hannah is fluent in Japanese/ is half Japanese, and was able to write our order out. If it would have been the three amigas… we would have done LOTS of miming. Which, I’m sure would have made the adventure that more adventurous.

Anyway… we decided that we all needed to eat some uni, or in English sea urchin, and I don’t know what we were thinking… but that stuff… holy puke balls. N.A.S.T.Y!

I, of course, had Christina document me eating uni. I haven’t decided if it is the texture, smell or taste that made me not want to eat it ever again, but at least I tried it.

Be prepared to be disgusted and laugh all at the same time.

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Oh the things that I do for a fun blog post. :]

Monday Again

18 Oct

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1. Rearranging

If you know me at all or even the tiniest bit, you will know that I LOVE to rearrange things. Purses, clothes, dishes, furniture, my life (ha) and so on. Well this weekend I decided that it was time to rearrange my apartment for probably the 15th time since I have moved to Japan 9 months ago. I am kind of scared what my future husband will think of this one day. :/

2. Fall

Fall has finally arrived here in Japan. Thank goodness. I was tired of sweating all of the time. I love having my windows open and having a nice crisp breeze blow into my apartment. I also love that I haven’t turned my air conditioner on in almost a month! Woot!

3. Gum

Right now I am chewing a piece of gum. I cannot tell you the last time that I chewed a piece of gum. I cannot chew it at work and Japanese people aren’t big gum chewers either.

4. Super Size

Last night I watched ‘Super Size Me’ for the first time. At first all I could think of is how delicious some of that food would be to eat. I miss American food. I don’t hate Japanese food I just miss some good American greasyness once in a while. But by the end of the movie… I was disgusted, but still wanted it. haha

5. Apple Cider

One thing that I am currently missing about the Fall season is apple cider. I am going to attempt to hopefully make some this week or next but I’m sure that it won’t turn out as well as I would hope for it to be.

That’s all for now!

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