A year ago today, I had just arrived in India. New Delhi to be exact. With an 18 hour travel time, I was anxious, nervous, exhausted, but most importantly I was excited.
Going to India has always been on my bucket-list, but I knew I needed to wait until I was further along in my "travel career". After living abroad and traveling to over 30 countries, I felt I was ready. India didn't feel like a place for inexperienced travelers, and I am glad that I went when I did.
It also helped that one of my good friends (that I met in Italy), lives in Delhi. She was able to give me insight into what to pack, but I outlined the cities that we would go to, and the days that we would be there. I have a small obsession with travel planning, and am blessed to have friends that honestly let me do my thing. (Of course, I make sure everyone is involved every part of the way. :) )
Here are the places that we decided to go to on our 2.5 Week Trip to India:
Whenever I plan a trip to a new country, I first plan the "must see" cities, so that in case I decide that I don't need to go back to that country, I did everything on my bucketlist while I was there. Here were some places that fell off our list, because they were low priority:
My trip to India changed me, and is a part of my story. I wanted to share my itinerary for anyone that is thinking of going. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I honestly can't wait to go back!
I am not sure why, but ALL my friends are foodies. Not that I don't like good food. I do. I'm just not picky, and typically will eat whatever is served. This has served well in my travels and maybe that is why I am an adventurous eater?
Anyways, I wanted to introduce you to my first best friend in life. Her name is Madonna (yes, that is her real name - and one more reason to love her), and we met in the 6th grade. She had just moved from Guam in the middle of the school year, and I remember exactly the moment that I knew we would be immediate friends.
We had 6th grade journals that we had to write in every day, and typically volunteers were called upon to read their entry for the particular topic of the day. I remember that days entry was something along the lines of "I dislike... and why". Madonna bravely raised her hand (I literally would NEVER do that), and she stood up in front of the entire 6th grade class to give her answer. She proclaimed, "I hate lima beans. They made me fart". THE. WHOLE. CLASS. DIED. Like literally erupted in laughter. Talking about farts in front of a bunch of 6th graders? At that very moment I knew I had to be her friend.
It's been 22 years since we met, and although she lives in Hawaii and I am in Seattle, our friendship is strong. We even tested it a little with our first ever international trip together last October, when we decided to venture to India. YUP. INDIA. It wasn't like it was Europe or a country with a little less culture shock. But we did it, and it was such a great experience. We laughed like we were 6th graders again (nothing had changed), and we created new memories that have brought us closer. My stomach still hurts from laughing on that trip.
ANYWAYS. I wanted to introduce Madonna (who still resides in Hawaii), and give you her top 10 places to eat in Oahu. She chose our restaurants in India, and she never disappointed me once. I hope you enjoy this list, and if you're ever in Hawaii I hope you run into Madonna. She is a hoot!
Chomping My Way Through Oahu
Bellisima = "Extremely Beautiful" in Italian, and how i would describe the world, and how I view it through travel.