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    Memories of a first foreign trip

    A few days ago, while going through my inbox to delete unwanted mails, I found a note sent by a friend. Mailed in May 2019, this note was an account of his eventful (and harrowing!) overseas trip in April 2019. It brought back memories of my own first foreign trip to Thailand – I accompanied my elder sister to spend a summer month on her university campus. She studied, I played, we both partied! Most of us remember our first, especially our first overseas trip! The excitement of preparing, the nervous tension as you step into the international terminal, butterflies in the stomach as the flight takes off and the…

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    Grit+Glamour+Culture = Glasgow

    On March 6, 1989, a 44 year old and his colleagues boarded a British Railway train at the Edinburgh Waverley railway station. The group of six men – all town planners from developing cities of India – was headed to Glasgow as part of a government initiative facilitating knowledge exchange. Among them was my father who returned thrilled with the exposure to planning and technological advancement he saw in Glasgow. But it was the efforts to preserve the industrial heritage of Glasgow whilst creating sync with the cultural fabric that impressed my father the most. “Observe the buildings as you walk through the city. The urban landscape would have changed…

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    15 of the best virtual tours #Part2

    Picking up from the previous post where I’d gushed over some of the museums, heritage sites and art collections that can be viewed thanks to virtual tours, here’s the second part of the list. As mentioned before (in the last post that you can read HERE), the second part of the virtual tours list includes a trip to NASA, a park, a few zoos (because who doesn’t want to watch pandas and penguins!) and an additional list of cool things on Google Arts & Culture. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Or what we know as NASA offers virtual tours through Virginia’s Langley Research Center and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center. These…

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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…