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September 2016

My Monsoon Virus Experience: Traveling Delhi to Tokyo — By Jennifer Shipp
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My Monsoon Virus Experience: Traveling Delhi to Tokyo — By Jennifer Shipp

Our flight from Delhi to Tokyo didn’t leave until 9:00 PM at night. We were staying at the Holiday Inn near the Airport and we had a late checkout of 3:00 PM. I got up inexplicably late that morning, around 10:00 AM, took a shower and got myself ready. I started getting a headache around noon, but I went into denial about my other symptoms until about 1:00. I opted out of lunch, though I knew we weren’t ...
An Agra, India Adventure at the Taj Mahal — By Jennifer Shipp
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An Agra, India Adventure at the Taj Mahal — By Jennifer Shipp

What could be said about the Taj Mahal that hasn't already been said? Not much, I suppose. But even though the Taj Mahal is an iconic tourist destination, we still didn’t have an iconic experience of it. In fact, our encounter with the Taj was memorable not because of the striking white marble or the clear reflecting pools, but because of Lydian’s high fever, the terror of getting hopelessly lost, and being ...
The Radisson Hotel in Varanasi, India — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Radisson Hotel in Varanasi, India — By Jennifer Shipp

It’s not always easy to find a good hotel in India. Even some of the name brand hotels that are familiar to westerners fail to meet the minimum standard in this country. We stayed at the Radisson in Varanasi, India for five days before traveling onward to Delhi in 2014. Given the chaos that exists outside the hotel, it's a good choice if you're traveling through Varanasi (or at least it was as of ...
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