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Ms Kind Cook from A Belgian Village

Ms Kind Cook For the sake of the story, I’d like to call my fellow-passenger, the hungry woman, as the ‘kind cook.’ Because that’s what she told me she did … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

First Eurostar Journey: London to Brussels via Paris

1600: As I was ready to check in, I realized that I had once again been in such awe of Georgina’s presence that I was forgetting what I’d really need … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Day Nine: Lunch with Georgina Harding

Each day of this adventure so far was amazing. But this particular day was just really, really awesome. My dream as a child was to travel alone, which I was … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Eight: Birmingham – Work

I had to be in Birmingham for work. I am not required to be there really as I can still do the same thing online but a meeting/training session in … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Seven: Liverpool Photo Feature – II

Good Morning! Winter sun @Imagine Cafe, Liverpool 10 am – Sefton Park As per my tour plan, I was going to Edinburgh but couldn’t. I needed to be in Birmingham … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Six: Liverpool Photo Feature

5 Reasons Why Liverpool’s Merseyside Maritime Museum is better than Royal Maritime Museum, London –          Better, more wonderful, impressive display –          Great story-telling –          Great use of pictures to tell … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Five: London to Liverpool!

I breezed through London’s Underground with awkwardness only in my luggage because by now, I know the tube map at the back of my hand! It was a big mistake … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Trafalgar Christmas Tree and Cafe Concerto

After giving many thanks and bidding farewell to the very friendly people at the gallery showing ‘Jewel of the Universe,’ I headed to where I was very curious to go … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Jewel of the Universe

It was a great decision to get to Trafalgar square, Catharine was very excited about the ‘huge’ Christmas tree there, she had said that I shouldn’t miss it! As I … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Underground Busker

Catharine had taught me an important lesson, I couldn’t ignore it. Winter or summer, you go about your day as you would as long as there’s no rain, it is … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Sir John Soane Museum

I had written to Georgina, my favourite writer whom I met in Oxford last year – the memory of which remains much treasured to me now and forever. In my … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Wandering

Day Four: Wandering After returning the wonderful audio device and exiting the historic Westminster Abbey, I allowed myself to wander. I knew I had to get to someplace and therefore … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Four: Westminster Abbey

Day Four: Westminster Abbey I have never discussed this before, not with my closest friends or family and writing about it makes me feel a little weird. I am fascinated … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

Day Four: Winter Rose

The length of daytime was the biggest shock on this adventure. The cold and the darkness seemed to tell me that I should wrap up my day by 7, head … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Three: The Dilemma: Birmingham or Liverpool or London

I had planned this travel a month in advance and had bought train tickets too. As per the plan, I was to travel to Birmingham the next day. Why I … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Three: Revisiting The Charles Lamb Pub

As directed by my friend, I reached Angels and followed the directions further. Exit and take left said Catharine pointing to the little map in her map book. From there … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Three: Royal Maritime Museum

I was slightly unhappy as we just arrived because the museum building seemed like there were great many treasures inside and we had no more than an hour! To tour … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Three: Greenwich and The Cutty Sark

After seeing off Madhu, Catharine and I ventured into Greenwich. Greenwich is one of the first English proper names I had learnt. India’s time is +5.30 hours Greenwich Mean Time. … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Three: Canary Wharf, Madhu and Apple Cider

After pleasing my stomach with good food, my friend and I headed to the nearest tube station to get to Canary Wharf. Now, I had great things about this world … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Three: Charity Shop and Sandwich Bar

Day Three: Visit to a charity shop When in Oxford last year and again in Carlisle, I had discovered the great joy of shopping from a charity shop. Doesn’t sound … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Making Dinner for Friends

I had never touched raw meat before. I never thought I could but when I went to my mother to learn how to make chicken curry that was the first … Continue reading

October 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Et Voila – Columbia Road and Ryantown!!!

I am very excited writing this entry as those who read it are likely to discover and love an immensely talented, fantastic, London artist. When I first visited The Charles … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Charles Lamb Winter Pilgrimage

If you know me, you are certain to know this one thing about me that my love and admiration for Charles Lamb, an English essayist, is unparalled. Last July I … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Piccadilly!!

Since I had always only walked up and down Piccadilly and we were getting late for the lunch recital at 1.10 pm, Catharine and I thought it’s best to take … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Going back to Hyde Park Corner and Hard Rock Cafe (Visiting Home)

We got on a bus to Hyde Park Corner. I had never been on a bus in London before. Ridiculous as it might seem, my brother and I couldn’t really … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Charles Dickens Museum

It all began with this man, Dickens. David Copperfield was the first novel I ever read. I was in school, waiting to be inspired, to go on imagined journeys and … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Two: Catharine’s Breakfast

After a delicious night sleep after my first day in London, I didn’t want to hurry the next morning. England in summer was great, one could do a lot in … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day One: First Evening in London

How wonderful it was to step out into London, albeit only a few metres away from home, into an English pub all decorated with stars – I could see that … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day One: Brushing off my ‘Indianness’

When Catharine opened the door and found me, she didn’t seem too surprised. I was pleased to have not bothered her to pick me up from the underground station – … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Migratory Bird Trait and Another Kind Stranger

I arrived at Whitechapel. It felt almost like an honour when the Underground station staff opened the special exit for people with ‘awkward luggage.’ It’s only when I emerged out … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

“How are you su…

“How are you supposed to know everything anyway. It’s okay to make mistakes, you can’t know everything all the time!” ~ a kind, aged English gentleman in a tweed cap … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

(Day 1) Arrived in London and the Best Travel Philosophy from a Stranger

Everything about this epic winter came like winning a lottery. I was hoping it would happen and strived step by step without knowing if the plan will work out. And … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

My Travel Map

My Travel Map I wake up to this every morning – sometimes with a heavy heart and sometimes with a hopeful one 🙂

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Final crumb of Jeddah delight

At around 12 am or maybe even later, I was beginning to relax and not get too restless. I had a few more hours to kill, it was getting extremely … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jeddah – a stranger’s act of kindness to me

It was super cold yes. I wore an old jacket – I thought that was sufficient for Jeddah, I didn’t see a reason why I should pull out my nice … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jeddah

Leaving the duty free shop and with plenty of hours to spend in Jeddah, I walked around the transfer lounge and found it small with just a few food stalls. … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Landing in Jeddah

Back to Jeddah. I landed. Found myself on a foreign land, not just any but a land I’ve dreaded, been confused and agitated about. Ever since I booked that ticket … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Didn’t tell you about Mumbai, did I?

No. Though I meant to. But I didn’t. So here it is. I never quite liked the idea of Mumbai. The most clichéd Hindi movies begin with ‘Mumbai, the city … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hyderabad to Jeddah via Riyadh on SV 755

  That’s what it was. I was finally on my way to Saudi Arabia – never did I think this would be on my itinerary as a solo traveler. Despite … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

The ‘not traveling’

I just realized that I am not traveling this year, what this means is waking up with a heavy, hopeless heart and being gripped by panic at random times throughout … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Old, New and Others

New Things I know the streets, the corners, the Rue(s), the coffee shops and the stories of their owners, where they come from, what it is about Pondicherry that has … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Peace Paper

Seek and you shall be rewarded, if not with anything, at least with the satisfaction of having sought. This has been my sweetest realization through my solo journeys – wanting … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Finding-Found the Second Home

A certain genre of familial western novels and also personal essays include a chapter where the protagonist, as a child or an adult, in his present or fondly recollecting memories … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Le Hidesign Cafe Menu Card

I think I found something that I can call ‘one of my favourite coffee-shop menus’

August 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Taking Off

Contrary to my guess, I slept alright the night before leaving home for a month of winter-travel across Europe. The days and nights prior to travel are usually super hectic … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

I am going solo traveling baby!!!!!

A pair of strong legs on a strong body with a backpack on it, wandering aimlessly but alive to everything around, exploring a new place with every new step – … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Belgian Schengen

In this post is some valuable information for Indian-women travelers trying to get a Schengen Visa to travel solo around Europe. I needed a Schengen Visa as the UK/British visa … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Just Marry.

Marriage, the word pops up in my daily life more often than what can be deemed healthy. As a young woman born into a moderately liberal and somewhat modern Muslim … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Getting a Visa to SA and Failing Miserably

It seems that Saudi doesn’t need tourism and doesn’t give tourist visas. Photography is not allowed in the country. A woman is not expected to wander on the streets alone, … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Paperwork

The most stressful, most tiring part of travel for me is what I do in the comfort of sitting at a writing table in air conditioned room – it’s the … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment