Expat Angela

When I locked the door to my home in Bangalore and headed to Los Angeles for a simple visa renewal in 2013, I never dreamed that I was destined to move...

Note from Angela: I find the writer’s references to Bollywood films interesting and her manner of conveying her own negative experiences to be without any hint of self pity.  She is...

I love those lyrics from Can You Feel It by The Jacksons when Michael sings “All the colors of the world should be, Lovin’ each other wholeheartedly.”  Sure, you and I...

My daughter asked if I’d like to write through her Angela’s Bangalore blog about my vacation in India.  I thought what a wonderful way to not only have a keepsake daily...

IPL6 is on like Donkey Kong and I am thrilled to be more involved this season than last.  Thanks to the overwhelming support of the first article I wrote about the...

Recently the Deccan Chronicle reported on the drinking problem of Malayalis, using a headline grabbing statistic that just under 1/3 of the people consume alcohol there in order to try and...

Last year was my first Valentine’s Day in India and it was a pretty interesting thing to behold. 

********UPDATE 1am Jan 22, 2013*********  The MAXIM Magazine cover for Janaury’s 7th Anniversary Issue will not feature the original cover, the magazine announced tonight. 

The village where I lived for 10 years before moving to Bangalore has a few ‘town drunks’ like any town in any country in the world.  They were harmless, generally sweet...

Taken the day I spent an afternoon working at a typical Indian restaurant!  This is my quick lesson on how to make a masala dosa… from the cook at New Krishna...

The past 10 days in India have been interesting to behold.  A horrific attack on December 16th in Delhi left a young, innocent physiotherapy student fighting for her life for two...

Every time that a man thinks he can touch me without permission, for his amusement, for “fun” … it astounds me.  First, I wonder what kind of depraved LOSER is the...

Haven’t read part 1 yet?  You really need to or you won’t know the characters in the tale I’m about to finish telling. …once again this is insanely long so please...

Barnaby, a blogger friend from New Zealand who was living in India until earlier this year, once wrote an article comparing being white in India to something akin to being a...

Ahhhh water. Who’da guessed that there are so many different customs and habits surrounding water that I would encounter when I moved to Bangalore?

In middle class America, most teenage kids look forward to starting our first “real jobs” when we turn 16 (the legal age for employment in the U.S.). 

Please don’t get me wrong, I am American and blessed to have been born in Los Angeles.  I was lucky to be born and raised in beautiful southern California.  But after...

Where I’m from, cheerleading is a sport.  All across the U.S. there are hundreds of thousands of cheerleaders ready to pep up and kick-start any event, starting from as young as...

It’s official!  In a few days I will have lived in Bangalore for one year.  I’ve tried hard to surround myself with Indian friends so that my experience in India is...

I often marvel at the efficiency and speed at which Indians can create, produce or turn some things around.

Is it possible to blow one month’s salary in one night?  Hell yes it is. 

A friend of mine from Los Angeles turned me on to the TV show Outsourced after he read my Facebook post last March about my daughter and I moving to India.

I had been living in Bangalore less than two weeks the first time I truly understood how different my experiences in life are when compared to many of my work mates. 

When I heard that my new work laptop had finally arrived at the office I was like a kid in a candy store, super excited to start using it.

I threw my back out this week.  It’s been happening a couple of times a year for as long as I can remember following a car accident I had when I...

My neighbourhood in Bangalore never ceases to amaze and delight me.  Within a 700m radius we have a gorgeous park, High Street shopping for just about anything we need (including taco...

Months ago a reader of my blog suggested that I write an article about the ever-common belly that so many men sport here in India. At the time I really wasn’t...

In California, I remember that we were huge on recycling in Newport Beach as early as 1989 or 1990.  Certain cities jumped on the recycle bandwagon sooner than others in the...

Since moving to Bangalore in May, I have – hand on my heart – the most stress-free transportation situation!  No more trains or commutes driving myself into work through stop and...

Welcome to part two (read part one here) in what I’m now guessing will be a never-ending series of tales from the ‘hood. 

The first time I actually saw someone doing it, it looked strange but I didn’t think too much about it.  I just assumed it was a one-off sort of thing.  But...

If you follow my blog then you already know that I’m not in a relationship.   I’m not big on dating at the moment and I am very straightforward about stopping a...

Today I was at my neighbourhood Airtel office, queuing to pay my bill because I still don’t have the online payment system sorted.  There was a sweet lady in her 50s...

When I was a young girl I remember, for whatever strange reason, the fun of going “underwear” shopping with my mom and sister in California.  Mom would tell us how many...

I’ve been living in Bangalore now for close to five months and I’m still not really on board yet with the different sets of rules and standards that exist for men...

I grew up in southern California in the 80s.  We loved neon, hairspray rock bands, MTV and – like, for sure, totally, like oh-my-god – the mall.  Didn’t matter if we...

The first time I saw a Bollywood war film I about died laughing.  It was fabulous and bloody and tragic for the first 30 minutes or so. 

I’m always amazed when I see Indians pair up to do tasks that, for me, are a one-woman or one-man job.  The first time I recall being a bit shocked was...

I can’t honestly recall the first drag of a cigarette I smoked.  I suppose it was a cigarette a friend had stolen from their parents that 12 of us shared while...

I was supposed to be in Ibiza this week with my dear friends Mark and Peter.  Had my ticket out and everything but due to the insane reality which is my...

There are so many preconceptions that I brought with me when I first moved to India.  Either misconceptions garnered from Bollywood films, which it turns out, are not the best guide...

It’s been about 2 months since I have spent any real time inside of an office with hundreds of people.  I sort of forgot how much fun it can be here...

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I have been really pleasantly surprised about the nightlife here in Bangalore.  Aside from the lack of high-end dance clubs, I mean.

I hate my American accent.  I know that I should be more proud of it and stand behind it but I just don’t like it.  Like so many other “American” things...

When I first heard it I truly did take it as an insult.  Back in Spain or California we only use Ma’am (or Señora in Spanish) for older ladies.  I mean,...

Imagine if you will a quiet village on the Mediterranean Sea, south of Barcelona in Spain.  There aren’t many people around, you hear the waves crashing on the beach and can...

Believe it or not, I have a thing for restrooms.  Not like a fetish or an obsession, and not like restrooms get me all hot and bothered, but the diversity of...

Today I was talking to a friend of mine about the Times of India article that was published this week about Indian women and bar culture.  One of the messages was...

So last night I was chatting with a friend and telling him about my day, which included my first trip to the M.Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium here in Bangalore for a couple...

Less than a week has passed since I wrote the post “Danger! Are Women Safe In Bangalore?” and I have an update!

Like every other visitor to India, I am mesmerized by the sights and sounds and smells of the country.  Every day literally holds an amazing cornucopia of possibilities for what I...

Believe it or not, last week I went on my first date since December, 2009. Every time I say that – or in this case, write it – it looks shocking...

Ever since moving to Bangalore three months ago I’ve seen that there are really so many ways to measure personal safety and security.  And each city is unique. 

Ever since my friend TT took me to the Airlines Hotel in Bangalore for my first masala dosa I have been coo coo for masala dosas.

I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was sat down at the departure gate in Qatar’s Doha airport patiently waiting to board my flight to Bangalore and I was passing...

When the economy tanked in Spain and half of our company was laid off in one week back in 2010, the first thing I did was to declare to my friends...

It hasn’t taken me long to learn that when the sun goes down, that’s when Bangalore really heats up. 

Every country in the world is different.  What is considered “normal” behavior in one country could be shocking or seemingly progressive or seemingly conservative and out of this world to another...

Who would have thought that eating lunch would be such a unique adventure here in India.  This time I’m not talking about the food…I am talking about basically every single piece...

I am actually surprised it has taken me this long to write about this topic.  I really did mean to bring it up sooner

When my mate TT suggested that we hire a taxi to “go to a restaurant that is quite far away to go eat breakfast in the car” I wasn’t completely convinced...

It’s Sunday night in Bangalore.  The weekend was fun and busy, I even made some new friends and found a new spot that serves AMAZING and diverse green salads (I know...

I will never forget my first meal in India.  It was on a Sunday night back in March and I had flown into Bangalore for my job interview.  The President, Head...

Tonight I had planned to embark on an amazing night of FABULOUS grocery shopping at SPAR here in Bangalore but my cat Jolie decided to fall ill instead so my trip...

It’s not exactly Ladies Night here in Bangalore for me.  But it is Friday night with me and my feline flatmates Jolie and Saffron.  And since the kitties were both operated...

Here are my current TOP 5 Things I Hate About Living in India so far… in case you were curious: 1. The Bank. 

Last week I had the real privilege of attending my colleague Paromita’s wedding here in Bangalore.  Trust me when i say that it is an experience I will never forget. 

For the past three weeks I have been jotting down wonderful things I see or hear, new foods I try (well, in all fairness, it is all new – haha) or...

Tonight for the first time in close to a month I am chilling at home.  Not the place my heart still calls home back in Spain, but my new home in...

If you follow my blog you know that I have been pretty well bored off my ass – on a social level – since my arrival.  Aside from attending a wedding,...

Sorry but I am starting off with me, right now, as I am sat here in my hotel TRYING to enjoy what I thought was going to be a light dinner. ...

Let me start by saying that if I had any idea of what was really lying just around the corner from me that I would have ventured outside my normal commute...

Bangalore boasts the largest number of motorbikes of any city in the world.  The guys at work have told me that stat a few times and I have also read it...

My afternoon wasn’t the best and I am grumpy.  Actually it would probably be more honest to say I am hungry so therefore I am grumpy. 

I am from Los Angeles.  Trust me when I say I know traffic.  On top of that I have also traveled a bit and have seen traffic jams in many cities and countries...

So imagine this job interview scenario.  I had just flown 12 hours from Barcelona through Qatar to arrive in Bangalore in the middle of the night.  The first day of my interview was perfect,...

So, my thoughts for today are a bit random….  Every time I sit down to eat with someone or I go out for dinner on my own or call down to reception...

Today has been a really productive and fun day that started out with a colleague of mine who lives nearby collecting me instead of my normal crazy driver Babu.