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Celebrities at Talakaveri, I hate you like I love you.

There's a scene in Kung-Fu Panda  where Po, voiced by Jack Black, attempts to climb the stairs to a temple in China. Perhaps, this comparison is a bit culturally misappropriated as we are in India and Talakaveri, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Kaveriamma, but that's what I thought as our driver swerved and weaved up the mountains on a narrow road, fifty kilometers from Madikeri.  Read more »

Sightseeing in Coorg and Farting Indians.

The storm of yesterday's chaos gave way to a sunrise that filled our souls in Coorg. Shannon was back to her smiling self, though somewhat hesitant to return to the car. Our adopted dog, Blacky, came running to us as we unzipped the Swiss Tent overlooking the meadow on the plantation. Despite the very hot temperatures during the day, the mornings were cold and timid. The sun rose just over the treeline, a sun that's robust, close, and unlike those of North America.  Read more »

The Revenge of Karnataka on the road from Bangalore to Coorg

Our #homestay was amazing on a #coffee bean plantation. #coorg #indiaA post shared by Liv Jones (@liv_adara) on Apr 2, 2017 at 5:10pm PDT
Read Part I: Beyond the Beautiful: Bangalore
Read Part II: Kissing Bangaluru, Tasting Kerala and Brahmins' Coffee Bar
Read Part III: Balance in India: What begins must end. - Cubbon Park, Commercial Street.

The third day blurred into the fourth. Shannon was exceedingly sick.  Read more »

Balance in India: What begins must end. - Cubbon Park, Commercial Street.

Read Part I: Beyond the Beautiful: Bangalore
Read Part II: Kissing Bangaluru, Tasting Kerala and Brahmins' Coffee Bar

By the beginning of the third day we were beginning to forget life before our departure to this place. The purpose of a vacation is to vacate your life, to become someone else for a time. Yet, time was running out. What seemed like enough days and hours on paper would never be satisfying in this place where you could spend forever.  Read more »

Kissing Bangaluru, Tasting Kerala and Brahmins' Coffee Bar

Read Part I: Beyond the Beautiful: Bangalore

Can mornings get any better than this? #poolside #breakfast #bangaloreA post shared by Liv Jones (@liv_adara) on Mar 27, 2017 at 11:33pm PDT
Nine thousand miles away I woke up in Bangaluru, India to birds chirping outside the window. The sun's edge cutting through the shades warming my feet as I cut across the hotel room barefoot. I was excited to get outside and begin our second day in the capital of Karnataka.  Read more »

Beyond the Beautiful: Bangalore

When I begin writing, I always contemplate where to begin the story. In between long flights, many buses and countless trains, the monotony of the untold occurs. I'm a rare breed in that I thrive in airplane seats, washing myself in toilet stalls and surviving the hours and hours it takes to get from destination to destination. I suppose my story began before all this, beyond the beautiful.  Read more »

Want to make a quick $250?

Want to make a quick $250?

Go to Well Fargo online, take about 5 minutes to fill out an application and open a checking account with $25. Use the debit card 10 times and they'll give you $250. (Go to the gas station and put a $1 in 10 times, etc.) Then simply close the account and withdraw the money.

Here's the link:

Easy peasy.

Don't say I never gave you anything.  Read more »

India Travel Visa for Americans

Planning a trip to India? The adventure of getting a visa is thwart with your first dangers. You better pack millennial technical skills and watch out for bogus websites...

In recent news it's becoming more difficult to travel as an American. In the last few days the EU passed a non-binding resolution recommending visas for Americans who want to travel to Europe. Pre-Trump, Americans were often able to travel almost anywhere by just showing up. However, things are changing.  Read more »

Falling Through Life

To the person I used to be,

Life is like falling. From birth to love to death we reach out into the infinity for others hoping for a brief second that if we travel far enough that we might touch another soul.

I woke up on January 9th 1977 from the fall. An era of mondo-cool short dresses and far-out bell bottoms. In the corner of the shag carpeted room was an American made Zenith television with a monotone mustached news anchor reporting on Jimmy Carter's succession.  Read more »

Russia's interference in the elections, explained.

What is Russia's thinking in their influencing of the U.S. Election, perhaps even aiding Trump to become President of the United States? 

In order to better understand Russia's thinking we have to go back to World War I when Russians and particularly, a lawyer named Vladimir Lenin rose to power under the ideals of Marxism. It was a time when Russia was transforming into the Soviet Union and Karl Marx's ideology of modern communism would give rise to America's Red Scare.  Read more »

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