Bristol

Autumn is here marking the end of another Great British Summer. When (and if) the clouds make way for some sunshine, England is a glorious place to be. Whether it’s dining outdoors, picnicking in the park or finding any excuse to go to the pub, Brits know how to make the most of the summer months.

And it’s not just my adopted home of London that comes alive in summer. I took a quick two-day trip to Bristol a month ago, and was impressed with its vibrant, eclectic and affordable offerings.

Bristol Bristol BristolIf I have to describe Bristol in one word, it’ll have to be cool. Bristol is just so cool. And not in the same modern, fast-paced, flashy way like London, but in a relaxed and unpretentious way. Everyone looks easy-going and acts friendly. Continue reading

Cambridge

One of the perks of having an international group of friends is that they are always keen to travel, even if it’s just a day trip. So when I floated the idea of visiting Cambridge one weekend, no one complained.

Six of us picked a random Saturday in January, got on to the train, and in less than two hours we were in picturesque Cambridge.

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Places I Called ‘Home’ in 2013

Places I Called Home in 2013

2013 was a great year for travel. When I look at my nerdy country count, I am surprised to see that I only visited five new countries this year (Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Australia and Singapore). But, I went back to a couple of old favourites and found myself packing and unpacking my life five times.

Truth be told: I am a little burnt out from moving around so much this year, but I wouldn’t trade my blessed 2013 for anyone else’s. (Except maybe Jennifer Lawrence’s. But how much I want her life is another story for another blogpost.)

Highlights of 2013 included snorkelling in the southern Great Barrier Reef, wearing at Dirndl at Karneval in Koln, having a picnic on top of a glacier in the French Alps, almost capsizing a boat in the canals of Amsterdam (with all my friends in it!), seeing a koala, living in the most amazing apartment on Coogee Beach in Sydney, and managing to completely fill up passport (took me less than three years).

Passports

The concept of ‘home’ changed throughout the year as I lived in five amazing cities in 2013. ‘Tis the time for the annual year-end recap of places where I received a postcard or two in the past year.  Continue reading

11 countries in 2011

At some point during the year, probably when I realized that the travel gods were on my side, I decided that I was going to attempt to visit 11 countries in 2011.

And lo and behold, I did.

I started my travels this year with a much needed getaway to culturally rich and geographically diverse Nicaragua. That was followed by the legendary banana pancake trail and a Europe camping trip. It was very poetic that the 11th country I visited was in Latin America as well, the beautiful Panama.

If I were to talk about all of those individual trips, this would be an excruciatingly long blog post that no one will read (because, let’s admit it, we don’t like long blog posts). Instead, here is a little photo montage of my most amazing year for travel ever.

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South Bank: A mosaic

London is brimming with options for things to do, places to visit and foods to eat. Over the eight days that I spent re-exploring London as an adult (the last time I was in London was 9 years ago), I mentally bookmarked some pockets of the city as my favourites. One of them was the South Bank.

As the name suggests, this area of London is located along the South side of River Thames. Formerly known as the Lambeth Marsh, this area wasn’t used as actively as a port as its northern counterpart. Instead, South Bank has always been an entertainment district, boasting of food and entertainment options, as well as, art exhibits. Nowadays it is a popular tourist area in Central London that also acts as a hang-out spot for flocks of young locals.

I spent a fair bit of my first day in London exploring and eating at South Bank with my dear friend Catherine, a London local who happily volunteered to be my tour-guide and co-photographer for the entirety of my British visit.

Enjoy South Bank and stay tuned for more London flavours.

Catherine and I stumbled upon the 'South Bank Mosaics' exhibit. The mosaics represented various facets of South Bank.

Caught in action: My Canon checking itself out in the mirrors of the mosaic

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Postcard from London

Dear (insert your name here),

The last three days in London have been amazing. From adventures of tackling the London transit system to sightseeing marathons that have left my feet permanently blistered, there are so many stories to tell. But… they’ll have to wait. I am heading over to Paris tomorrow and won’t have much internet access, let alone time to blog about my amazing adventures. I promise to update you thoroughly when I am back in September. In the meantime, enjoy your postcard from London.

With love,

Roop