In my mind, 2018 was akin to a shinkansen (bullet train) journey in Japan. I immensely enjoyed the ride, but felt like it ended way too soon.
Living far out in the Indian Ocean, even I forgot for a while that there is a world where people don’t live on islands!
As solo travellers, we often tend to take shelter in the same tried and tested places.
On New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai in 2017, I found myself at the Chiang Mai lantern festival, flying sky lanterns – something I never should have done.
I remember my first trip to Sri Lanka with some clarity. We landed at Colombo International Airport on a nearly empty flight from Kochi, harboring no expectations from this small island nation, of which little was written online until a few years ago. As I walked along the quiet shores of Negombo (a small city between Colombo and the airport), cycled along tree-lined by-lanes, waved hello to young kids who had seen few travellers, gratefully accepted the warm hospitality of my host couple and treated my tasted buds to incredible locals flavors, I knew I was falling in love (Read: My First Impressions of Sri Lanka). Many years and many trips on, Sri Lanka hasn’t stopped delighting me with its many treasures. Here are a handful of them: Take the slow train from Kandy to Ella. I must confess I’m not a train person. But chugging up on the slow blue train from Kandy to Ella (See: In Photos: Chugging up Sri Lanka’s Hill Country), through mist and light rain, was an experience to remember. From …
Stravaig (verb; Scottish): to wander about aimlessly.
Some secrets that authors seldom talk about.
The Sri Lanka ETA which serves as a Sri Lanka tourist visa for Indians is among the simplest, fastest and cheapest to score.
“I’m afraid you didn’t get the role”, she said as my heart sank.
It became my mission to go beyond the typical things to do in Jodhpur and dig deeper for cool and unusual experiences in the blue city.