It’s been about 17 years since I have been traveling by myself or with friends and family. Every trip has its mix of good and bad experiences, fortunately, more good than bad. This journey of journeys has been a great teacher. Everyone falls into tourist traps and I have as well. Over the years, I have learned my bit on how to identify them. That … Continue reading Avoiding Tourist Traps
The train ride into Lisbon was comfortable and almost refreshing and the station was a mere 5-minute cab ride from downtown and our hotel. The check-in process took longer than expected and it was nearly lunchtime when we were done. We were soon ready to hit the town and get some chow. A quick look at Zomato was enough to figure out that we were … Continue reading Lisboa – a city to get lost in…
There is no end to the amount of intrigue and awe this city generates. From the vibrant and flourishing Constantinople of pre-medieval times to the cosmopolitan Istanbul of today where Daniel Craig can be visualized driving a motorbike across rooftops chasing some supervillain, this city has it all. The amalgamations of cultures, architecture, and even politics is like nowhere else. Blue Mosque a highly revered … Continue reading Istanbul – 2 Continents and a Riot – Part 1
Tokyo is more a city to experience than to see. Where there is no dearth of modern buildings with flashy lights, there are quiet trails with wide roads and greenery all around. The residential areas have several small coffee shops that serve fantastic coffee with cookies and snacks. The train stations are like cities by themselves and are very easy to get lost in and … Continue reading Tokyo – Shinto when Happy, Buddhist when Sad!