Hyde Park, Sydney

There is one thing I have learnt about travel. You can read all the travel guides under the sun, have friends and family give you reviews about the place, glean as much information as possible before heading out, nothing will prepare you for the experience you are about to have. Your relationship with the city is all your own. It’s all about the vibe and how that works with you. Whoever told us whatever about Sydney just didn’t ring true. Our experience was our own. Some friends even told us to skip it altogether because ‘Melbourne just has so much more to offer’. Dead wrong. Yes, Melbourne is cool. But Sydney is just so sexy. Read More →

This is the eighth (and last) in a series of posts about a trip to Europe in the summer of 2016

View of Krakow Main Square

After having read bits of WW2 history, having watched movies and read books (mostly fiction aside from Anne Frank), it was difficult to decide whether we should visit Auschwitz. We did. It was really uncomfortable, very much so. It was painful and not the least bit cathartic. It was an important visit but left me with a very heavy burden. That so many people, human beings, (and innocent children) were subject to so great and so systematic a form of barbarianism for so long is unfathomable. Read More →

This is the seventh in a series of posts about a trip to Europe in the summer of 2016

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I had honestly never heard of the city Bratislava, or even the country (Slovakia) until we were planning this road trip. It happened to lie between Hungary and Poland and hence a stop became a must. It rained most of the time we were there, which was about 22 hours in total so my memory of the place itself is dotted with downpours. But will I go there again? Yes! In a heartbeat. Read More →

This is the sixth in a series of posts about a trip to Europe in the summer of 2016

Among all the cities we visited during this trip if there was one with a distinctly Eastern Europe feel to it, it was this one. Budapest (pronounced BudapeSHt) is one hell of a party town. It’s actually two cities Buda and Pest, divided by the river. Buda houses the baths that Hungary is so famous for, Matthias Church and the Castle itself. While Pest has a lot of the ‘downtown’ and what one may refer to as the ‘city center’. Read More →

This is the fifth in a series of posts about a trip to Europe in the summer of 2016

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I have a very embarrassing admission to make. The first time I heard about Croatia was when I was 13. We were watching the Ms. World contest and a ‘Ms. Croatia’ was announced. Of course I feigned I had heard the word before, but I hadn’t. So now that you know I was one ignorant teen I can stop pretending I know much history or background about these countries I visited. Read More →