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    15 of the best virtual tours #Part1

    With self-quarantine and isolation being the way of life now, home entertainment has become the only way to take a break from the backbreaking (or not) uneasy routine that all of us have settled into. In Ahmedabad, my hometown, we’ve entered what is now dubbed Lockdown 3.0 and the parents are already looking for modes of entertainment beyond movie streaming sites. There’s only so much of Netflix/Hotstar/Prime one can watch, right? The parents do manage to find things to watch on these streaming sites – the joys of knowing 4 languages! But I seem to have slipped into a space where watching television is boring. Leave me with a remote…

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    Best reasons to travel with friend VS travel with family

    It’s the first week of the year and with all the discussions about the year gone by, I can’t not talk about mine! For all the personal & professional ups-and-downs in 2019, nothing can beat the drama and fun that was the trip to Sri Lanka. The thrill of visiting a country renowned for its beauty, the excitement of a first trip with the best friend, followed by the uncertainty and stress of travelling through a land hit under curfew – the week-long trip to Sri Lanka was adventurous to the hilt. To know why I use ‘drama’ and ‘fun’ together when talking about my Sri Lanka trip, read the…

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    15 must-visit places in England #Part2

    Me: What plans this weekend?She: Weather apps say it’ll be a sunny weekend, so we’ll probably do a bit of gardening.Me: Ah! That’s nice.She: And perhaps drive to the Bristol city center for a stroll along the bay and an early dinner.Me: Okay bye. And that, my dear friends, is just a sample of the kind of conversations I have with my elder sister – she lives in Bristol with her husband – during the English summers. Suffice to say I love and miss the English summers. That’s not to say I don’t love summers in Ahmedabad – give me the mango season, the late-night drives for ice creams et…

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    15 must-visit places in England #Part1

    I am missing the English summer. There is something rather charming about the English summer, including the unpredictable showers. It is these unpredictable summers that made me realise why ‘weather’ is always a popular topic for conversation among the English. Until last year, England had been THE summer getaway place – it was where I could vanish to, switch off from connectivity and lose myself in an ambiance of choice. Over the years of visits, the urban landscape of most cities and towns has undergone a drastic change – as is expected of modernization. But there’s no changing the energy that makes each English city/town so unique! If you happen…

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    How to plan a trip with your BFF

    My life wish list and travel wish list have one thing in common – ‘Travel With The BFF’ is scribbled on both in capital letters. That’s how much I’ve wanted to travel my best female friend(s) since… forever. I prefer to travel solo most times but I’ll never say no to an occasional trip if the company is good. And who can be better company than your BFF (best friend forever/best female friend) who has known you and your eccentricities for a few (if not several!) years. I’ve managed to travel with both my BFFs in the past two years – a trip to Kerala with one and a journey…

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    That Week in Sri Lanka

    It’s been over a week now since my best girl ‘A’ and I returned from a week-long trip to Sri Lanka. It was the first trip that we had managed to embark on together in the 13 years (or is it more?) that we’ve been friends. There are a lot of hangovers here – of memories, of photographs, of instances. While on one hand the two of us are constantly chatting with each other and rolling in laughter as we think about all the things we did, conversations with family and friends are a reminder of the shadow that loomed through the trip. You see, we were in Sri Lanka at the…

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    10 Things You Must Do In Edinburgh

    Two trips to Scotland in a span of two years and a couple of blog posts later, I’ve had several people connect with me for tips on ‘things to do/see in Scotland’. These considerable numbers of friends have grilled me on topics ranging from the obvious… What to see in Scotland? What to eat in Scotland?  Where to stay in Scotland? … to city-specific questions like How many days do we need in Edinburgh? Should we stay in Edinburgh or Glasgow? Would you recommend driving in Scotland? Do loos in Scotland have water? The answers to these queries have differed each time, depending on the interest of the traveller – while…

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    Memory String 2018 Unravelled #1

    It’s been a few days since the giveaway was announced. The winners have been declared and handed over their loot. While in the process of putting together bags for the giveaway winners, I decided to send out a few to friends who’ve been a rock for me in the past year; and some to people who’ve inspired me time and again. So amid the planning, backing, packing and delivery, I’m a little run down and just about ready for the weekend; or to await the beginning of the New Year. But no complaints because this is the good kind of tired – the kind where your back hurts because you’ve…

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    How to Kill Time at the Airport

    I love airports! Pressing my nose against the glass (where allowed!) to watch those mammoth-sized machines takes off, rubbing shoulders with people from different corners of the world, window shopping and grabbing hot meals before boarding a flight are just some to the things I enjoy when spending time at an airport during a layover. A few of my friends tend to stress over “what will I do at the airport for such a long time!” Not me. Over the years, I’ve come up with some alternatives on how to pass time at the airport – some of these are from experience and some came in the form of suggestions.…

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    The Magnet Stories #Azerbaijan

    A few years ago, the trend of refrigerator magnets trickled into our home when a ‘Statue of Liberty’ magnet found space on the fridge surface. Over the years, several magnets from India and abroad have jostled for space on the grey surface. From the front of the fridge, magnets made their way to the visible side and then gradually on the steel wardrobes in our rooms. I’d always wondered about the why of gifting someone a fridge accessory – answers ranged from “it’s the cheapest gift” to “its accessible” or “it shows they thought about us”, depending on the individual. But somewhere it played at the back of my mind…