By

Sonia

27
Aug
2016
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Love and Marriage: Our Story!

Love and marriage are interesting topics to discuss, across cultures and countries. We had one such interesting conversation with a young man in Zanzibar, who was surprised to know that the 'arranged marriage' set up still exists in India. Well, it sure does...and it isn't a bad way to meet the love of your life, if you have the freedom to make a decision. Touch wood, six years and counting...Ankur and I are happy souls!
26
Aug
2016
2

Planning a trip to Nainital

After our recent trip to Austria, Ankur and I have been wanting on plan a trip to a hill station in North India. Somehow, Austria has made us fall in love with the mountains once again, after almost five years of having loved only beaches. We have been discussing where to go next and there are many names that we have researched. Nainital is one name that always pops up when hill stations in India are discussed. While Ankur has been to towns near Nainital, he has never been to Nainital. Thus, starts the process of figuring out the doability of a trip to Nainital in the months to come.
12
Aug
2016
1

Mozart Dinner Concert: Salzburg

The first time I ever hear Mozart’s composition was in Tom and Jerry, when I was a little child. Till date, his symphonies remind me of the my carefree childhood days and make me smile. However, over the years, I have learnt to enjoy his symphonies as stellar works of art and for the genius that he was. Mozart was a child prodigy and grew up to share musical compositions with the world, that still ring loud and clear regardless of the years that have gone by.
7
Aug
2016
5

Bad Gastein: Top three things to do in summers

The Gastein valley is one of the most popular skiing areas in Austria. With over 50 cable cars and ~200 km of ski slopes, the valley attracts thousands of skiing enthusiast every winter. There are ‘after ski’ cafes to have a drink after your day on the slopes. And then, there are spas to soothe the aching muscles. In the Gastein valley, winter seems to be the peak season.
30
Jul
2016
1

Where did we stay in Austria?

Having shared our itinerary and budget for the Austrian road trip, it is time to share details of the accommodation that were home to us during these ten days. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, we stayed in hotels, B&Bs and hostels trying to find cosy and comfortable places to suit our budget. So, here is the list of the places we stayed in, along with our comments.
22
Jul
2016
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10 Days in Austria: Costs and Budget

Any trip to a Western European is on the expensive side. Everything costs quite a bit...money, hotels, activities ...really, everything! Regardless of the costs, we still return to Europe often. The continent has put a spell over us, and we want to explore much more of it! For those who are planning a a vacation in Austria and need to get a sense of the budget for the same, here is what our expense sheet looks like….
19
Jul
2016
1

Selecting my ride…

I resigned from my banking job sometime in June and was expecting to be relieved by mid July. Well, as luck may have it, my organisation decided to accept my request for an early relieving and let me go on 30th June...the day I had to leave for Austria. I was happy...yahooooooo...finally...I was free to travel for a while...for a long long time! In the past twelve years, never have I left on a vacation without preparing a 'hand-over email'. But this time was different. I could simply leave. Really? I could simply leave! I may want to say that I felt liberated! While it would be only ten days in Austria, it was still a liberating feeling!
12
Jul
2016
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Destination next….

My last day at work is done. I have given back the laptop and the keys to my drawer. So, now what? Really, there is a big unknown that I am staring into. For most part of the day, it lets me dream and makes me feel excited. However, there are some moments when I do feel lost. But I have Ankur and a really supportive family, so I bounce back again pretty soon. Let me talk out loud and share my plans. For starters, I am going to live my dream and travel for a few months. Where am I going... is a truly a function of my budget. There are three regions that I am contemplating ...
29
Jun
2016
1

Long Term Travel: Woes of an Indian Solo Woman Traveller

Earlier this month, I decided to give myself a break from the corporate grind, at least for a short while. However, having worked for over a decade, I need to have something to keep me busy. So, I have decided to travel. I have read blogs and articles on 'How I gave up all my material possessions to travel the world' to seek some ideas and inspiration; none of them seemed to help. For each of us, things are different... and reasons are different too. I have my reasons as well... and some of them still continune to nag me a little, even though I have decided to trade my formal wear for a pair of rugged jeans. Here are six things that held me back till now...
2
Jun
2016
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Van Gogh Museum: Amsterdam

I first heard of Van Gogh when I started my banking career with the Dutch bank ABN AMRO over a decade ago. Van Gogh Preferred Banking was a select range of services offered by the bank to rich and privilidged. It took me a few attempts to get the pronunciation right to ensure that I do not make a fool of myself in front of my Dutch counterparts. Some fellow bankers raved of Van Gogh's work while others called him the 'tortured painter', without an ear. My naive mind assumed he was deaf. Little did I know that he had cut off his own ear on account of a psychotic episode!
26
May
2016
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Seychelles vs Maldives

We are often asked by beach lovers on our preference amongst Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius. We have been to the Maldivian islands twice and to Seychelles once. Sadly, Mauritius hasn't been ticked off our travel bucketlist as yet and our comparison is between Maldives and Seychelles. While I vote for Seychelles, Ankur votes for Maldives! Here are some points that distinguish the two ...
18
Apr
2016
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Pench Tiger Reserve: Costs and Budget

We just got back home after spending a long weekend at the Pench National Park. We spent three days at the tiger reserve, breathing in crisp morning air, listening to the birds chirp and watching the sun go down behind branches of dried Sangwan trees. We sighted herds of spotted deer, monkeys, langurs, tigers and leopards. Definitely, a weekend well spent! Here is what three days and two nights at the Pench National Park costs us...
11
Apr
2016
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Planning a trip to Pench Tiger Reserve?

Pench Tiger Reserve is an ideal getaway for a long weekend from any city that is connected to Nagpur by a direct flight. The reserve is about 2 hours away from Nagpur. This forest is teeming with wildlife...langurs, deer, bisons and of course tigers and leopards. The forest is Mowgli's home in the ever famous Jungle Book written by Rudyard Kipling.If wildlife does excite you and you have decided to visit Pench, read on to know a little more about Mowgli's world...
13
Mar
2016
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Sunrise at Angkor Wat: Tips

Do you want to watch the magical sunrise at the Angkor Wat? Almost everyone who visits Siem Reap wants to do the same... and there will be thousands of tourists to give you company. Don't expect to have a quiet and serene moment of enlightenment as dawn breaks! But the funny thing is - even though you know that you will be surrounded by hordes of people at sunrise, there are high chances that you will still make your way to the gardens of the Angkor Wat to watch the sky turn purple, red and orange with the first few rays of the Sun.