UPDATED: November 8, 2017
Hello! Did you stumble upon this blog because you were looking to brush up on your reggaeton facts? Because you wanted to learn about Latin America before hopping on a flight and heading down there yourself? Or maybe you wanted to read a hodgepodge of musings about the intersections of language and culture and current events? Regardless of what brought you here, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve decided to join me.
My name is India, and this blog, like many things, emerged from my dissatisfaction with the status quo. I was frustrated with travel blogs that talked about countries and people like they were static tourist attractions, and I quickly learned this type of dialogue extends into discussions about fringe culture, too. I wanted a venue where I could rave about Colombia as a travel destination in one post and then write another Medellin’s transformation into an epicenter of Latin American hip-hop music in another. I want to talk about travel outside of a cultural vacuum, and for these reasons India on the Fringe emerged.
Since I majored in Spanish in college and studied abroad in Argentina, the majority of my travel experience has taken place across Latin America. I’ve been privileged to have the time and resources required to spend a substantial amount of time abroad, and I’m eager to share my experiences with you!
Regardless where I am in the world, though, my goal with this blog is to create a space where travelers can learn the nuts and bolts about a place they’re hoping to visit while also learning something about the local culture, too. I’d be a pompous fool to say I knew everything about a place, so, please, I encourage you to comment on my posts and write to me when I make a mistake — let me know if I oversimplify a city or a festival, and, likewise, please tell me if there’s something absolutely amazing I should be exploring.
Again, welcome! And thanks for exploring with me.
Featured Image: Handmade collage on dysplay near the Wynwood Walls. Not my artwork, but my photo of something amazing | Miami, Florida