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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS TAPAS

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS TAPAS

The first time I was introduced to ‘Tapas’ was in a restaurant in Chennai, India. They called it the Tapas bar. And then, in Dubai. Neither was anything like what Tapas is supposed to be. Spain taught me that. To understand it’s true essence you’ve got to wrap your head around one thing – the Spaniards are super social. They love their evenings and their evenings go all the way into late nights. Dinner begins at 10 pm, so an…

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TOP 5 WINE REGIONS IN SPAIN

TOP 5 WINE REGIONS IN SPAIN

Spain has a lot going on. Beaches, art, history and varying cultures from the South to North. But if you are a wine connoisseur, you might want to add one or two regions from this list to your itinerary. Or maybe all? LA RIOJA You don’t have to be a wine nerd to have heard of La Rioja. One of the most famous wines in the world. With over 500 wineries, this place has become quite the tourist attraction and…

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Story of the Temple of Artemis

Story of the Temple of Artemis

If you strike up a conversation with anybody about the seven wonders of the world, most begin by listing the Taj Mahal and the Haghia Sophia. In reality, there are three lists of ‘seven wonders of the world’ from three different periods – the ancient, medieval and modern world. My recently discovered love affair with history put me on a quest to see whatever is left of the ancient wonders and tell their story. Here’s the fascinating story of the…

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CRAZY AIRBNB AND HOSTEL EXPERIENCES

CRAZY AIRBNB AND HOSTEL EXPERIENCES

I have been traveling for 6 years and have managed to cover 23 countries (and counting). My first experience outside the comfort of a regular hotel was in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This was the first of many many many more. Sure, hotels give you a standard experience. But do you really seek a standard experience when you travel? I sure don’t. However, that’s me. Hostels / Airbnb aren’t a cakewalk always. Sometimes you room with an obnoxious host and sometimes…

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A day of history in Bandra

A day of history in Bandra

I have often wondered what do tourists see in Mumbai? I have lived here for over 6 years now and the daily grind has left me unable to look beyond the city as a corporate mothership into what it offers as a destination. So yesterday I packed my backpack and decided to explore Bandra – a suburb in Mumbai as I would explore Vienna or St. Petersburg or Madrid. After reading a bunch of articles about the place, I zeroed…

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WHAT IS IT WITH GERMANY AND BEER?

WHAT IS IT WITH GERMANY AND BEER?

Germany, especially Bavaria has been in a lifelong affair with beer. And it’s still going strong. I spent a week in Bavaria this December making my way through Christmas markets. While mulled wine (hot and spiced wine) was the drink of the hour, cold beer had its place in spite of the freezing temperature. Till death do us part This relationship dates all the way back to the 16th century. A purity law known as Reinheitsgebot governs German breweries. Introduced…

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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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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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THE TALE OF CAMBODIA

THE TALE OF CAMBODIA

Few months ago I met an old friend who wanted to take his 13-year-old on a journey to explore the world. And he was looking for travel ideas. The choices laid down were Milan or Paris to shop and take in a fashion show or two. I asked him to reject both and take her to Cambodia instead. Most people leave Cambodia with beautiful memories of the glorious Angkor. But there is another side to this country. A side with…

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WHEN I WAS “CHOSEN” FOR A RANDOM SECURITY CHECK

WHEN I WAS “CHOSEN” FOR A RANDOM SECURITY CHECK

Three years ago, I very eagerly planned a visit to Norway, Svalbard, and Finland. After waiting 28 days (the longest ever) for my visa and going through a series of mixed emotions from hope to denial to planning a just-in-case-it-all-goes-south trip to Eastern Europe, I finally got the call. My visa was here! Thinking the worst was over, I took off on my trails excited to explore Scandinavia. Svalbard is a no-visa archipelago between Norway and the North Pole accessible…

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