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Vienna’s quirky New Year traditions

Vienna’s quirky New Year traditions

This year I brought in 2017 at Vienna watching people waltz their way into the New Year. Decades ago, I dreamed of becoming a pianist and trained in western classical for 6 years. That dream quickly faded away when academics took precedence over everything else. Being in Vienna reminded me of what could have been. After reading about folks waltzing to The Blue Danube on the streets and Philharmonics New Year performance at the Vienna State Opera, this place seemed…

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Neuschwanstein castle, Bavaria

Neuschwanstein castle, Bavaria

  The #neuschwanstein castle built by Ludwig II 👑in Bavaria, Germany. Walt Disney’s logo is inspired by this castle. Gorgeous views and a crazy history lesson to go with it. Ludwig II was so eccentric that he was and is still referred to as the mad king. In his short life of 40 years he went about building castles and castles. This one in particular was the most dramatic. Unfortunately his death came before completion of this castle. Right opposite…

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Turning thirty

Turning thirty

On Jan 2, 2017 I turned thirty. And this so-called-milestone-crossing thing happened with me doing what I truly love — traveling. I got to spend some time in Germany and Austria for Christmas and New Year with travelers from around the world. This gave me some time to reflect on lessons and habits I picked up on the way to thirty.   I’M AN INTROVERT. AND IT’S OKAY TO BE ONE. I work in the extroverted world of advertising. And…

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Gibraltar DIY guide

Gibraltar DIY guide

Gibraltar is a history buff’s paradise. Located right in between Morocco and Spain, this is the gateway to Europe from Africa. And Gibraltar is tiny. So much so that you literally see Tangier (Morocco) on one side and walk into Spain from the other without binoculars or squinting your eyes! Gibraltar is a British territory. You will see a lot of “God save the Queen” tattoos and memorabilia. They are a bunch of proud, super helpful, lovely people and you…

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Le Jardin du Roi, Seychelles

Le Jardin du Roi, Seychelles

In my 5 years of traveling, Le Jardin du Roi tops the list of world’s most interesting places. This place is a spice garden in Seychelles modeled after 18th century France. The garden itself makes for a wonderful self-guided walk amongst greens like vanilla vines, citronella, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and other spices. Not only is this place one fabulous sight, it smells delicious too. HISTORY The original jardin was curated in 1772 at Anse Royale, Mahe. By the way, Anse…

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SUOMENLINNA – A FINNISH PARADISE

SUOMENLINNA – A FINNISH PARADISE

Suomenlinna is a Finnish sea fortress built on six islands and is what dreams are made of 🌴. This very scenic island is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites as a monument of military architecture. Unfortunately for most visitors, the beauty of this island supersedes it’s significance in World history. Today it’s one awesome picnic spot for the Finnish. A short ferry ride away from #Helsinki, Suomenlinna should be part of your #Finland travel. 💰💰The restaurant on this island is…

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TO PLAN OR NOT TO PLAN YOUR TRAVEL?

TO PLAN OR NOT TO PLAN YOUR TRAVEL?

“Live in the moment” “Where’s the fun in knowing what you’ll be doing exactly?” “Travel should be unplanned” I often hear these statements from travelers, armchair travelers, people I meet at the gym, backpacking neighbor, aunty at the pool and everybody else who attempts a conversation with me about a place they want to visit. Who can blame them? Especially since the conversation with me lasts over an hour where I have talked about the country, places to visit, things…

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PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

Three years ago, I went to Norway.  The best way to see this beautiful country is as the locals do – pick up a car and drive. So we did just that. From Oslo we mapped our way to the North, pit stopping at camping grounds by the many Fjords to rest for the night with unbeatable views. With a bucket list in hand, we drove following the National Tourist Route gawking at the scenery. As we crossed off experiences,…

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