The Rest of Egypt

We can think of Aswan as having started the 2nd leg of our trip in Egypt. After the 14-hour overnight trip there from Cairo, the next few days would be us making our way back and sleeping a few nights in the cities we passed. So from the 3rd day/night the itinerary looked something like…

EGYPT

I was traveling Egypt during this period last year. It must have been the most adventurous trip I had ever taken because to start, 6 days before I was due to travel there was an explosion of a bus carrying Vietnamese travelers killing 4 people and injuring several others. That sets the scene doesn’t it?…

The armed guards wore pompom slippers

If the guards at the Presidential Mansion in Athens were anything to go by, I knew right then that the 8 days that followed would be an adventure of a lifetime. But as it happens with the country at the Southern most tip of Africa, every trip abroad is a lengthy commute. The flight from…

Homes like office parks…

I remember feeling an incredible edge to drive away that Friday night. I was home, my favourite place in the entire world… But that day it felt like walls made to keep me in. I wanted the smell of the sea, the thrill of the open road and the freedom of doing whatever the hell…

Throwback ~ NYC

If New York is anything like it was this time last year… Today is cold but slightly warmer than it has been for the last 2 days, or maybe I’m used to it now. Sunday was eventful, and yesterday I went on one of those free walking tours where you end up paying anyway because…

Volcanoes, a travel inspiration

I fell in love with volcanoes and lava in a geology class. It wasn’t anything specific I loved about them, I just did. I suppose for a curious mind, the idea that rock could boil and flow was mind bending. The idea that the earth’s crust is ~45km thick and somewhere below it is something…

Itchy feet are happy feet

My feet have been itchy for a little while now. I know this because my most popular google search is “countries that don’t require a visa” followed by “flights to …”. A window shopping exercise. It got me thinking about how we make travel decisions. Is it as impulsive as buying an item of clothing or…

Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania

Zanzibar is beautiful. Oh wait, allow me to rephrase, the beaches of Zanzibar are beautiful. The inner land still lacks much infrastructure. But the beaches were beautiful enough to warrant a blanket “Zanzibar is beautiful“. We went there as a group of 5 girls. Let’s just say we got a great deal from Dream World…

New York New York

New York could easily be the most welcoming city I’ve visited. Most things were familiar and I never felt like a tourist. Not even when I got lost on the subway. I did my trip over 6 days, not a lot of time spent but well worth it. Plus when I went to New York…

114 small islands. Venice!

We got into Venice from Rome. Rome had been dated and architecturally mature. And so it was quite a contrast entering a waterlogged romantic city. Venice had to be my 2nd favorite city in Europe. After Paris. The tour operator introduced it by saying “it’s build on about 114 small islands.” And she obviously had…