All posts by Anjel

Hi! I'm Anjel (Angel) Russell, a 20-year-old student currently living and studying in Hyderabad, India. I am an irritatingly inquisitive lover of life. My blog is a combination of thought pieces, photo galleries, and practical advice!

10 Ways to Revamp Your Roses Post-Valentine’s

It's the season of L O V E --and resourcefulness

Lil’ Brown Girl Presents: Who Am I?

I am black– unfortunately.   I am black and it is unfortunate because I am so much more than a melanin painted applique.   I am black and it is unfortunate because the world has bound me in a binary relationship with beauty.   I am black and it is unfortunate because my blackness precedes me– ...

Climbing Mountains, Falling in Love, & the General Fear of Slipping Up

First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.” ―Maya Angelou

No Girls Allowed: A Travel Diary

The west coast feminist that I am, I have to continuously remind myself that I'm not at home. And although I fall more in love with India every day, I have learned that home is in fact not where the heart is.

10 Tips for Hustling Your Way Through a Foreign Marketplace

Let’s cut straight to the chase– if you have the money to travel to some exotic, foreign land, then local merchants and business owners will naturally assume you’re wealthy and can afford to pay inflated prices. It’s a fair assumption and one that all travelers must come to terms with. However, there is a major ...

Holy Crap, I’m moving to INDIA!

  In less than 10 days I’m moving to India and I can hardly believe it! I mean… of course I’ve been aware. For the past 4 months I’ve been requesting transcripts, submitting forms, applying for scholarships, and making packing lists. But for whatever hyper-displaced reason I never really acknowledged the pending reality of my decision. That all ...

Oh Istanbul, Oh Istanbul

Words can’t fully encompass the amount of pain I am feeling regarding this evening’s bombings at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Ode to those Precious Lives Lost, You magnificent residents of Istanbul– I’m numb with you. There is a sort of disbelief that hits me every time my phone buzzes with a new notification about a Turkish tragedy. ...


If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you might have seen a peculiar hashtag in my bio. #Pray4MarginalizedPain This phrase is representative of a massive social and political void which became stunningly clear in the midst of the attacks on Paris and Belgium. Marginalize verb, mar·gin·al·ize \ˈmärj-nə-ˌlīz, ˈmär-jə-nəl-ˌīz\ i. to put ...

An Open Letter to my Friends Voting for Donald Trump,

In May of 2016, with Trump standing as the sole nominee of the Republican party, it has dawned on me that I may potentially know people who have the inclination to vote for Donald Trump. This both frightens and astounds me.

My 2016 Summer Suitcase Mission

My 2016 Summer Suitcase Mission was devastatingly simple: find a way to pack enough clothes to cover 4 months, 3 states, and 3 climates -- all in 1 single suitcase.


Student. Traveler. Foodie. (coffee.fueled.discussion.)

Breadcrumbs Guide

A trail of crumbs to follow around the world

The Insatiable Traveler

Adventure. Photography. Inspiration. And more!