Some selected photos from my travels (both work and personal). Seeing different parts of the world is one of my great joys — in part due to the scenery, but especially because of the people one meets along the way.
Mumbai-Chennai Express (Jan 2024)
Took nearly 24 hours so not quite "express," but it was a lovely journey!
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai.
Trains in India are quite packed!
Traveled in AC 2-tier, which was quite comfortable.
Railway chai was excellent and cost just 10 rupees (44¢ USD PPP).
Rural Maharashtra is beautiful.
Was kindly given idli podi for the road (or the rails). :)
Rainy morning in Andhra Pradesh.
Dr. MGR Central Railway Station in Chennai.
India (Dec 2023-Jan 2024)
Had the privilege of visiting India's "Golden Quadrilateral" cities — i.e., Chennai (where my dad is from), Kolkata (a brief visit to see my aunt and uncle), Delhi (for family and research), and Mumbai (to see my fiancé's family). This was my eighth visit to India but one of my happiest.
Hard to beat the beauty of sunset at one of Chennai's beaches.
Was only in Kolkata briefly but it's already one of my favorite cities.
Got to ride one of Kolkata's trams (the last such system in India!)
At a Bengali restaurant — the food is great (especially the mithai!)
Delhi traffic is rather terrible.
A neighborhood in Delhi.
In Mumbai: "inconvenience today for better tomorrow."
Got to taste Naga food in Mumbai — a delicious experience.
Kenya (May-July 2023)
Traveled to Kenya to assist with a research project during summer 2023.
The countryside of western Kenya is truly beautiful.
On the shores of Lake Victoria.
Busia, Kenya just before sunset.
Nothing tastier than a freshly made chapati.
Got the chance here to attend my first development conference!
Made a new friend in Nairobi.
A relatively less well-to-do neighborhood in Nairobi.
Amazing to see a lion up-close.
Laos and Vietnam (May 2023)
My very brilliant fiancé does a lot of research work in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. I got the chance to visit her en route to Kenya, and we also went on a short trip to Vietnam together.
We were very happy to be reunited after five months apart.
Mountainous Laos as seen from the new Lao-China Railway.
Idyllic Kuang Si Falls.
The Lao countryside.
Some of the best food I've ever eaten was in Luang Prabang.
Pha That Luang in Vientiane.
Dynamic Hanoi, Vietnam.
Bún Chả Hương Liên, where Obama and Bourdain shared a meal.