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Hi! I’m Mani (short for Manija), my name is from India but I was born and raised in Mexico City. In 2008 I met a guy (an American) while traveling in India and eventually followed him to the US.

In this blog I write about wandering around the world, travel guides and tips, eating and cooking (mostly healthy), and my unpredictable life moving constantly while attempting to lead a simple life and follow God.

Some of my favorite things to do are to travel, to eat and to take photos, and those are the main topics you’ll see on this blog along with personal writing. I have been to over 20 countries and lived in 8 different places, and I love sharing my travel experiences and lessons.

Why “A New Life Wandering”?

wan·der·ing [won-der-ing] adjective

  1. moving from place to place without a fixed plan; roaming; rambling.
  2. having no permanent residence; nomadic.

I definitely fit those definitions.

The “New Life” part of the title comes from making a drastic change to my life in 2009 when I decided to leave my comfortable and “normal” life, go against people’s and society’s expectations, drop out of college, move to a different country, be cut off financially from my dad, join my soulmate, and live a life trying to surrender to God.

Here is a brief timeline to give you an idea of my life:

2008 – July- Josh (a Californian) and I (a Mexican) met in India.

2008 – September – I moved from Mexico City to London to study filmmaking.

2009 – I left university and my comfortable life, went against all of my friends’ and family’s expectations, and moved from Mexico City to the US.

2010 – Josh and I left South Carolina and road-tripped along the US East Coast (Florida to New Hampshire) stopping in Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Maine and New Hampshire to find a place to live and finally randomly settled in North Carolina. It was a “throw a dart at the map” kind of thing.

2010-2013 – We lived in Durham, North Carolina, got married twice, and moved 3 times (within Durham).

2013We moved to India, leaving nothing behind. Also, this blog was born.

2013 – In late September, we arrived at Portland, Oregon to renew our Indian visas, and circumstances led us to stay. We lived here for 8 months.

2014 – In May, we moved to the country in Deer Island, Oregon (35 miles from Portland) with two friends who bought a historical former school.

2016 – In February, we moved to Logan, Utah.

2016 – August 23, we moved to Austin, Texas!

Sit back and enjoy this unpredictable journey with us!

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Note: All of the photography in this blog is mine, unless otherwise stated and credited in a caption. All original material is subject to copyright and permission is required to use it.
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164 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for the follow, Mani! You have the coolest blog! My mind did quite a journey skimming through your posts and I’m definitely going back to visit again, soon. Love love adventures!

  2. i just discovered your blog since i might be moving to india to study (i’m from canada) and to live there for some time and i came across your india post, you live an interesting life!

    You should add 2015 to your brief timeline section 🙂

  3. Wow what a crazy timeline and turn of events! It’s great to read how your lives “bounced” from one place to another and how you just went with the flow. Looking forward to seeing what’s next!

  4. Wow, definitely one of the most interesting blogs that I’ve come upon recently. So many informative and entertaining posts. Great job, and I look forward to future posts!

  5. Thank you for liking Parkinson’s and the Mindfulness of Stress, it is appreciated… I love your pictures! I got your not earlier, let me know if you have any questions! I’m going to follow you.

  6. Hello Mani 🙂 Found your blog on the Blog Party from the Modern Philosopher – love it! Looking forward to reading more…

  7. Hi Mani! Your life journey has been a roller coaster of sorts, from meeting your husband to stories of your cat! 🙂 And it’s not always been easy. Appreciate the fact that you chronicle each high and low and take some kind of learning of it. Makes the everyday more bearable, right? Did I say, you’ve got a pretty awesome blog! Look forward to reading more. Have a great week!

  8. Hi Mani, Glad to have found a fellow travel lover. I love the look of your blog. Looking forward to following your adventures. What a wonderful story of how you both met. I also met my husband in India! So we have another thing in common! 🙂

  9. I find your story very interesting! We’re living a nomadic life as well between Ukraine, UK, Germany, China, Russia and Czech Republic and bringing up our two daughters as two tiny expats. Will be following your blog and joining your Sunday feature!

  10. Hola Mani, I’ve been meaning to ask you if you wouldn’t mind explaining what you meant when you said God led you to India and to your husband but that you’re not religious. What does God “look like” to you? Saludos

  11. omg, my heart just went to you! i love how the blogging community can make this world such a small place and find people who started the same journey as you, you’re such an inspiration!

  12. Interesting site … I’m sold with the header 🙂 i like looking in people’s lives and enjoy with their adventures 🙂
    Also, thanks for following my blog, hope you enjoy it too.

  13. I was indeed late to join the party. Seems like something out of a movie! Thanks for the background info! I’m sure you’ll see my name pop up in a few other posts comment section 😛



  14. Well you two certainly have an interesting story! I bet my wife and I have a lot in common with you! I am from the US, and she is from Buryatia, a republic of Russia in Siberia. Green card and visa issues, we understand all of that! So far we have been able to spend 5 weeks in India, but hope for more! Great blog! Alex

      1. You bet Mani! I know you want to go back to India, but Oregon is a great place to be while you wait!

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