A Second Chance at The Taj Mahal

Romantics take note: It’s not about the roses and the chocolates, the home cooked meals or the back rubs after a long day’s work. It’s not about the diamonds and perfumes. It’s about the building. Whether you want to impress or commemorate the love of your life, start drafting, collecting stones and strong men! Throughout [...]

Charmed Life

... Here, kneeling in silence and strict concentration, was a single man. His peacefulness filled the room and was as stunning a site to see as to feel. This was our day’s bow. Three of us, one of him, and the voices of the evening’s Aarti seeping in from a room nearby.

Indian Intros

When I signed up for India’s Golden Triangle tour online, the website provided a few details about the other guests that would be traveling along with the guide and me. From what was shown online, I believed that I would be taking a tour with two others: the tour guide and a 50-something woman from [...]

Butterfly Tattoo: Kuwait’s Airport Bride

Kuwait's Airport Bride - Dressed in her wedding gown in Kuwait Airport - by Anika Mikkelson - Miss Maps

Her hair was pulled back in an up-do that clearly took hours; Her makeup was painted into a perfection that easily took just as long. The butterfly tattoo on her right shoulder was exposed, underlined with a white sash below which was a identically colored dress fit for Cinderella herself. She looked like a princess in every way but one: The ring on her finger....

Spin the Globe

Let’s play a game. Grab a globe, and plop it down on the middle of your living room floor. Gather whomever you’d like to join you. This game is fit for any amount of players at any age, from 1 to 100 (or more if you’re up for it). Now that you’re settled in a [...]