This site is both a marker and reference point for the various destinations, flavors and interests that come across Devika & my, Charlie’s, travels as we begin our life together. We’ve both got a bit of a vagabond lifestyle in our hearts and this blog is a way in which we want to share our explorations and discoveries with others – some tidbits which will be helpful for those on the road & other anecdotes which will serve as friendly reminders even for our own selves.
To give you a little sense of who your writers are… Devika grew up in Africa as somewhat of a Third Culture Kid. She not only put herself through the numerous hurdles to reach the ‘American Dream’ of success in New York, but realized en route that there was so much more to see in life and gave it all up (work visa, well paying job in consulting and the lifestyle that comes with it) to explore her own passions of travel and wanderlust. This not only brought her to various destinations ranging from Buenos Aires, to Maui, to Chiang Mai, but also led her to meet Charlie (me) in the south of India.
Now, I have always had a bit of wanderlust in my blood; following projects across the Middle East and Asia until I finally felt more at home in India… or so I had thought. The hardest part of having this love for the unknown and always uprooting every other year was finding someone that had an understanding and longing for that same lifestyle; someone that you knew you could grow with over the years, even as the world, languages and cultures around you were ever changing. Yet at the same time, you could situate yourself in one location, build your routines, find new corners of that same place and all the time feel a sense of balance for the time being. It is only with Devika that this understanding ever resonated and that never ending desire to explore thrives.
When I proposed to her, I promised her that we would have a life of adventures and where some would prove challenging, others would show us a world that we never could have imagined. So, with my heart in my hands and the Himalayas as our audience, she said yes and our journey has begun… After our wedding in Kolkata, we chose to take this first year of our marriage on the road and we are inviting you for the ride. We will do our best not to be too much like that annoying lovey dovey couple who are off on their honeymoon who just so happen to be conveniently seated in front of you on a long flight. Rather, we’ll let you see some of what we see along the way and get a taste of some of our favorite encounters. So, friends, family and fellow travelers, without any further adieu, we invite you to enjoy the journey with us 🙂
We are dedicating this space to all those who made this dream possible. A BIG THANK YOU! (just in case you haven’t heard us say it enough). Enjoy and may you reading vicariously through us encourage you to take up your heart’s desires.