By the time I boarded the bus next evening out of Ghent, I had already collected stories and memories worth a lifetime for this part of Belgium. More than that, I am even more interested in understanding the subtle layers of interesting Belgian demographics – and I am sure I’m going to go back there to explore the southern provinces pretty soon.Read more "Of history, culture and a complex national identity – a kaleidoscope of Belgian lifestyle in Ghent"
22nd April 2017, Saturday Hall in Tirol Austria “There are days when I feel happy about Innsbruck being so close by…….at least it keeps most of the crowd away from my neighborhood!” Erwin had been my generous host for the 4 days I spent in this northern part of Austria. Our evening walks along […]Read more "Experience the best of Inn Valley – but not in Innsbruck!!"
“The kind of things I have seen in my service years I wish nobody ever has to”, he resumed. “I do not judge you on your political stand or expect you to completely agree with me, but I will share my experiences nonetheless. …”Read more "Tête-à-Tête By The Lake"
Whenever called upon to draw a landscape in my art classes in school, I had always drawn some version of a paradise I had always had at the back of my mind – a solitary house at the base of rolling meadows, a clear mountain stream flowing down from towering peaks in the background while some ducks paddle their way across the stream to the vast expanse of untouched meadows at the other side. To be able to see an even closer version of your idea of a perfect landscape was such a surreal moment that, truth be told, I could not help but feel goosebumps!!Read more "MY FIRST TRYST WITH BAVARIAN ALPS – MEMOIRS FROM BERCHTESGADEN NATIONAL PARK [Chapter 2]"
”I Don’t have a plan either. Will probably walk around and see if I can hitch a ride. If you are OK with it then I can join you and we can both hike or hitchhike our way to Kye and Kibber!!”
It’s rare to find like-minded budget travelers in unknown landscapes, so his offer was hard to ignore. Who doesn’t want a travel companion who shares your vision of a perfect travel experience?
I could see the houses near the horizon, but the landscape of Spiti does have that effect on your
perception of distances.
I had to make it to Koumik at any cost and my options and spirit were already running thin…
Through all my journeys, my interaction with people remained largely anonymous. Now that I think of it, it was probably one of the best things that happened – the mutual trust between two strangers when all we knew about each other were interesting stories from other’s life.Read more "Nihon Diaries – Chapter 1 (Part II)"
As expected of me, I had not planned anything for the day, no maps, no places-to-visit list – not even a “customary” water bottle. I need to learn how to act like a traveler!!Read more "Nihon Diaries – Chapter 1 (Part I)"
For a lazy soul as I am, waking up before 9:00 features on the top of my Things-Not-To-Do-Before-I-Turn-40 list. But that was just the beginning of a transformative journey, getting used to witness the dawn much before the rest of the world does.Read more "Nihon Diaries – Prologue"
However, to my surprise, the barren Japanese winters exposed to me some of the most wonderful experiences – some which the “traditional” tourists may never encounter during peak seasons.Read more "The best of off-season Japan"