Thanks for stopping by aheliwanders. My name is Aheli and as you may have guessed, I like to wander. For real, I’ve never been in the same place for more than 9 months. What started as way to share some study abroad mishaps to my friends and family while has became a way to share the ridiculous adventures surrounding me.
Most ofALL these posts are tales on the quest, (over)consumption, or defense of food. Please do not read on an empty stomach.
Brooklyn, NY… by way of CT, PA, MA, Zermatt & Edinburgh
Sitting on the heating duct in my family kitchen, wrapped in a blanket, sipping tea, and reading a good Agatha Christie…. or the middle of a empty dance-floor rocking out to really bad pop music.
Why do you travel so much? :
My parents loved to travel, and since I was the only child, I got dragged along for the ride. I haven’t stopped since.
What exactly do you do for work?
My dad and I started a company together. I’d like to think I’m the “Smokey the bear” of preventing data center servers from overheating and data center fires starting. In my previous life, I worked for a UN think tank. This makes me both a #supernerd and an awesome dinner companion.
What has been your favorite place to travel to?
This is hard mostly because I’m biased towards Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) where my family is from and Edinburgh where I’ve lived on and off from that past eight years.
That said, I have the best memories of South Africa — particularly of over-eating with family-friends that prove that family doesn’t have to be blooded related— and of Kashmir– seriously one of the most beautiful and hospitable places I’ve ever been too.
Stateside: New England all the way. I could road trip through those windy roads forever. Also, Chincoteague Island in Virginia. It’s tiny but has wild horses.
What do you do for fun?
I love to eat. There is something lovely about herding my friends/family into a single space, sharing some delicious food and sharing stories/debating/being ridiculous. Luckily I’m surrounded by people who love to do the same thing. Also, I double majored in History of Art and Political Science so anything involving modern art and/or witty politics amuses me.
What is your ideal night?
Rooftop dinner party. Six courses, twelve wine pairings, potluck style with my friends and family. Add a beach and/or lakeview and I’m golden. And maybe a zebra or a llama for some entertainment.
Why write a blog?
I started this blog in early 2007 to document and travels while living abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. Somehow this morphed into a pseudo “travel slash lifestyle slash I took photos of foods and shiny objects before #instagram hash tags became cool and I’m not sure what to do with them” blog. Or maybe I started because my trusty Macbook Pro has rendered journal writing completely obsolete. Who knows?
Where exactly have you traveled?
For the record, I have lived (for more than 3 months continuously) in the Scotland, Switzerland, and the US. I also go to India every year, so that has to count for something…beside frequent flier miles.
Africa: South Africa, Swaziland
Asia: Japan, Maldives, India, Singapore, Russia, Thailand
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Catalonia, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
North America: Bahamas, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, United States
South America: Brazil, Paraguay, Columbia
Other: New Zealand