Brussels: Much more than just a transit city!

Most of the destinations I have checked off the list have been on my mind and list to explore since a while! But whenever it came to the city of Belgium, Brussels had never really been high on my bucket list of places to visit. Brussels for me had always been a transit country. I had always been here several times to change trains between the Eurostaror change flights. But on my most recent visit I wanted to explore Brussels and not keep it merely as a transit city on my list.

An airport where you have seen the most sunsets!

Certain places where you have no high expectations, you would be surprised to find the amount of fun things to see and do in this city. When I traveled to Brussels for a brief 3 days I realized, the compact city of Brussels could easily be explored by foot.

Exploring this cobbled city!

On the very first sight Brussels appeared to me as a fascinating place with stunning architecture and intriguing history packed into every street and alleyway.

Coming across some fun structures across the street

The vibe of the city is hard to put your finger on. Being the administer Centre of the EU, sometimes it seems very industry and bureaucracy focused, but at other times it feels laid back and light weighted filled with humor! Like seriously who thought the most attractive monument of this city would be Manneken Pis.

Manneken Pis Statue!

Yes this highly gabbed statue of Manneken Pis is located in one of the cobbled bylanes and takes a little bit of skill in hunting down, but has stillrisen to fame and is a popular tourist attraction in the city. The name simply translates to “little man pee” and it has been given this name for obvious reasons.

I dint land up spending a huge amount of time at Manneken Pis, a good 5 minutes is enough but it’s worth a visit when you’re in the Grand Place area. It’s one of those spots that’s great to see with so many people flocking at but doesn’t take any time at all.

As you let the city vibes sink in, this multi-layered atmosphere of Brussels offers something for everyone to see.

Intricate designs at the Grand Place

On my very first day I was inspired by sight of Grand Place (The ‘Grote Markt’ in Dutch) located right in the center of Brussels. The square is encircled with a variety of incredible buildings, covered in beautiful detailing.

Marvelling at this beautiful building!
The buzzing square!

One such building that took me in awe was the ‘Hotel de Ville’. Spending my evenings here sitting and watching the world go by, it’s easy to see why this Square is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.Dating back almost 300 years, Grand Place is too exquisite to miss in daylight and even at sunset.

Building marvels like these!
Replication of The Carillon

Then there was the Carillon, a star-shaped clock where every hour is represented by a painted figurine, and each figurine represents a historical figure in Brussels. You will stumble upon this while exploring the other side of the city on foot.⁣⠀

Another one of the sights worth visiting several times at different times of the day is Notre Dame Du Sablon. This 14thCentury Gothic Cathedral only reveals its splendour after you’ve made your way up one of the several small cobbled alleys. Visiting this spectacular church is like stepping back in time.

Belgium Evenings!
The way the structures light up at night!

And then there are some points, which give you some of the best city views too! Rest, sit down, marvel at the city and then get going again!

Next I visited the monumental St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral atop Treurenberg Hill which may have taken 300 years to complete, but her singular beauty now reigns supreme over Brussels’ skyline.

St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral

In the evenings when you have had your heart full of some historic culture, unwinding in one of the parks is a must do in Brussels. With so many gardens in this city, Le Botanique is the most admired. This greenhouse, which dates back to the 19th Century, now regularly plays host to a range of performing arts and makes the place feel like more of a cultural Centre than just a garden.

Le Botanique Garden

Siting here and watching the flowers bloom in full spring was a welcoming change of pace from the city itself.

The Palais Royalis a not so hidden away sight right next to the park.

Arriving at the Royal Palace Belgium

Although the royal family of Belgium now spends their lives at Laeken, the Royal Palace in Brussels remains as their official residence. It’s worth a visit while exploring this beautiful city on foot.

And if you’re not too into museums, then Parc du Cinquantenaire is the place to spend your evenings loafing around in the sun.

Sunshine on mind!

Making most out of the sunny day here having a picnic on the grass whilst absorbing the stunning architecture, Parc Du Cinquantenaire’s grand triumphal arch had its own reason to make a visit.This regal-looking park in all of Brussels is a brainchild of Leopold II.

Parc Du Cinquantenaire

Walking through the city, I also came across Europe’s first covered shopping arcades,the beautiful Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

When your shopping place makes you feel happy!

This shopping gallery, covered with glass, is open all year and has some nice seating for a drink or two. They built it with the motto ‘alles voor iedereen’ (‘everything for everyone’), which you can still see engraved at the entrance.

On my very last day I realized you couldn’t visit this city while on a diet.

The famous Belgium Waffle house!

Every street you walk by will have you engulfed in tempting smell of fries, waffles, mussels and beer.I swear, I eat about 2-3 waffles a day when I was here and still have no regrets about it. It truly happened to be one of those cities which is perfect for a long weekend, exploring all the historic sites and scoffing every other waffles you can get your hands on.

Any more waffles!

Enjoying a beer tour has played an important role throughout the history of the city.  Beer and Belgium go hand-in-hand, and no wonders by Belgians are so proud of their beer.

The famous Belgium Kwak Beer
And some more beers!
When the only choice you need for the day is between ale and lager!

No beer tour is complete without visiting the massive Delirium bar, which has 2000+ beers on its list and is easily recognized by its pink elephant logo. They brew some of the special edition beers which are a must try too!

Discovering this bar in the bylannes of the city
Pouring a fresh brew at Delirium bar!

Being my last day in Brussels I stepped out of the city centre to marvel at the Atomium. Built in the 1950’s, the Atomium is a great spot to see something a little different. Over 100 metres (330ft) tall, this steel construction consists of nine spheres with a diameter of up to 18 meters. It was constructed to welcome a new and atomic age to Belgium.

The molecule atom structure!

The nine balls of steel balancing on a bunch of sticks might seem like a weird monument to have at first, but it is an accurate depiction of an iron molecule except that it is about 165 billion times larger! Located in Heysel Park in the West of the city, it is a must visit.  This building-and-sculpture hybrid has become so popular that it’s now a permanent fixture on the capital’s skyline.

So I can definitely say now, I have lived and tasted Belgium life for a few days and will look forward to revisit it on my next transit travel for sure. Even if just for a day or as a base to explore other countries, Belgium will now always remain special.

Cannot Miss: 

  • Indulging in Belgium waffles & more waffles
  • Take a beer tour
  • Just get your happy shoes on, to explore the city on foot
  • An impromptu picnic at the Parc
  • Spending your evenings at the Grand Place
GlobeTrotting365Days: BELGIUM March 8th 2019.

Has diving between two continents ever been your bucket list?

No trip to Iceland is complete without exploring the Golden Circle, and today I was going to discover why. It was an exhilaration filled morning unveiling the fact that the Golden Circleroute takes you through some of the most amazing sights in central Iceland, with scenery ranging from natural sites to historic landscapes. I started on to this 300-kilometer (190 mi) loop making my first stop at the geothermal energy exhibition.

Sneak Peek into what awaits ahead

This place not only gives you an insight about the adventures that await you but all gives you a lot of information about the efforts put in by the Icelandars into conserving geo-thermal energy. This energy plant is owned by Reykjavík Energy and shows how geothermal energy is harnessed in a sustainable manner. Also one of the perks to make a pit stop here is the amazing restaurant only 50 metres from the Geothermal Park. This restaurant uses the geothermal heat for its outdoor kitchen and the breads here are a must try before embarking on the trip ahead.

Freshly baked breads with geo thermal energy

Stirring towards the golden circle the next stop was at ‘the Earthquake Town’ or ‘the Hot Spring Town’ as named by the locals, due to the active geological and geothermal forces that define it. Yes, Hveragerdi is known as Iceland’s “Smoky Valley” having a beautiful river that is shrouded in a constant cover of steam clouds. This little town gives you a sneak peak into what awaits you ahead. 

The Smokey Valley
A little history about Hveragredi

Then it was time to finally discover the very famous Geysirs of Iceland. There’s a little walking trail complex full of geysirs, the most consistent of which is Strokkur.

The steaming walking trail towards the geyser

Walking up the steaming path leading to Strokkur, I had no idea what to expect. Was it just constantly spouting? Would I need to stand there for an hour twiddling my thumbs to get the perfect shot?

This famous Icelandic fountain geyser erupts every 6-10 minutes with a height typically around 15-20 meter, sometimes erupting up to 40 meters high.

The famous Strokkur geyser about to erupt

After waiting through 2 eruptions we finally saw one that possibly was 40m.

Witness the eruption upto 40m

These Icelandic hot geysers are about 80-100 degree in temperature, a natural wonder in itself. Even with the engulfing cold weather around, they have been around years producing the same amount of heat every single day. And to see them erupt at a height of almost 40m was just incredible. 

Other little geysir along the trail

There are many other dormant geyser and their beauty lies in thecolors, the formations, everything about it was just so beautiful! 

The beautiful colors of geyser

But yes you have to be extra careful and walk only along the trailed path. There are signs warning visitors with sprouts of water ranging from 80-100°C (176-212 °F) in this open field.

Walking along the steaming trails of geysers

Icelanders have always known to have a crush on waterfalls. This country has more than whole of Europe put together. And there is no waterfall so tiny it doesn’t have a name, because all of the waterfalls have history. And you believe in it whenwhen you hear the Gullfoss in its full glory! 

Arriving at Gullfoss waterfalls

It’s all about the pounding heart and the racing sound from a distance when you are arriving at the waterfall. Gullfoss is all about different tiers of flowing water. And in the month of March with most of the waterfall still covered in snow it was a unique blend of sight.

The amazing sight of semi frozen Gullfoss waterfalls

The windy was blustery but it did not stop me from exploring the edge of this waterfall. They have an admiring viewing deck, which was frozen with the most slippery pathway.

Making my way to the viewing deck

But being willful as ever I took the chance of slipping down a couple of times just to get the view from the top. The dramatic views of Gullfoss waterfall crashing over the cliffs into a relatively narrow crevice was a sight worth all the grit.

Finally made it to the viewing deck

From this viewpoint you couldn’t even see where the water disappeared, and only see the plume of spray rising into the air.

Iceland is full of geological wonders, with the edges of the waterfall made from hard lava basalt. The actual falls themselves rest on soft sedimentary rock on which the river can carve a channel. Mother nature can really be impressive sometimes, especially as layers in these waterfalls date back to the mid-Ice Age.

Yes there were also some hidden spots we discovered on route the golden circle, like making an impromptu detour to the Faxi Waterwall.

Hiking my way down to Faxi Waterfall

 Faxi turned out to be a little hidden gem that most people drive right by. We were literally the only ones there! And even though it was windy with a little hike down, it was still pretty to see!

The magnanimous view of Faxi Waterfall
Upclose Faxi Waterfall

There were also some surprise sights on our way to the main escapade of the day, or should I say cute little sights. While we did see Icelandic horses all around the island, we got a close glimpse at the ones in the Golden Circle. 

Say hello to Icelandic Horses

Finally having arrived at Thingvellir National Park, northeast of Reykjavík, this moss-covered national park is impossible to miss. 

Arriving at Thingvellir National Park

You can actually drive through the most of it and arrive at the most impressive part of this park. 

This is where the tectonic plates of Eurasian and North American content move apart at approximately 2.5 centimetres a year and have done for millenniums and seeing them drift apart, makes you realize nature’s tremendous power.  The effects of this movement are very clear within the park. Never ending views of Lava fields fill the valley, a view you would get nowhere else! 

At Silfra Fissure just before the dive

Beholding the exhilaration as I neared the Silfra, yes the only place in the world where you can dive between the tectonic plates of Eurasian and North American continent. The Silfra Fissure, with its divergent tectonic boundary is one of the most incredible dive destinations on earth, and it had been on my bucket list, an absolute MUST when in Iceland.

So far the only diving experience I have had was in more tropical destinations so diving somewhere a bit chillier ( or say a lot lot more) in this Icelandic country in freezing cold temperatures was on my bucket list. However the quirkiest experience was to get prepped up for this dive rather than the dive itself.

Being prepared to have your face and hands freeze while in the water even with the dry suits on, was going to be a challenge. Getting into the drysuit, which I have never worn before was a task getting yourself into one, but once you do, you are all set to explore the beautiful world down below.

Stepping into the fissure for the dive
Ready steady dive!

Having my heart in mouth I walked towards the dive only to explore the surreal beauty I had heard or seen pictures of. Diving between the tectonic plates of Eurasian and North America was an experience you can’t put into words.

The contrasting views from above and below the dive
Diving into the Silfra fissure
Seeing the other edge of the world below

 With water so clear that you have a visibility of more than 100meters, you forget about the 2°C freezing cold water and the only thing that engulfs you is this beautiful silent and peaceful world below.

Touching the tectonic plates of Eurasian and North American continents

Having spent about an hour in the freezing Silfra dive which was a phenomenal experience, the trip to golden circle was finally being worth the wait. 

Frozen but extremely thrilled after the dive

It’s a fun story how the Silfra actually got created. Evidently the ice melted from a glacier outside of Þingvellir National Park, running with a river into Þingvallavatn Lake. Shortly after, nearby Skjaldbreidur Volcano erupted, causing a lava blockage in the river. Fire and ice united, and that’s how we have Silfra, a gorgeous fissure with visibility reaching over 100 meters.

Soaking up after the dive and getting all warmed up I rambled up to the Visitor Center’s Hakið viewpoint.

You can see rifts cut through the ground showcasing crystal waters and creating an otherworldly effect. I could even see where I snorkelled just few hours back. You can see exactly where the earth descends as the plates move apart — about two centimeters each year — and even walk through the Almannagjá Fault.

Seeing the rift drift apart

It is fascinating to sink in the fact that while walking in Almannagjá that one is walking in a rift between the two tectonic plates and can thus experience the unique geology of Iceland while standing on its own two feet. 

The further you walk the sights kept getting prettier!

Not yet being ready to leave this magical place there was another waterfall just 5 minutes drive from Silfra. The Öxarárfoss situated within Þingvellir National Park flows out the river Öxará, cascading in two drops over the cliffs of Almannagjá gorge, which marks the eastern boundary of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. 

On my way to  Öxarárfoss waterfalls
 Öxarárfoss waterfall

By Icelandic standards, the twenty-meter tall waterfall is a small one in comparison to all of the others you are going to see on your trip.

Yes, Iceland is the only country that can surprises you each day .You can go from a complete snowy white-out to blue skies in just one hour along the drive. Being here in the month of March I experienced all four seasons in a day- nearly every day!

A happy me at Golden Circle trip

Golden circle was a day trip you cannot miss while in Iceland. Believe me, you will want to make a million stops, so give yourself enough time to enjoy it all!

Cannot Miss: 

  • Witnessing the geysers sprout 40m high and their unique colors
  • Exploring the many waterfalls on this route
  • The scenic drive on the Golden Circle
  • Diving in the freezing Silfra dive to touch the two tectonic plates
GlobeTrotting365Days: ICELAND March 2nd 2019.

When I finally made it to the place on top of my Bucket List: Iceland

Going to Iceland had been on my wish list for years. I was enticed by the otherworldly landscapes, the rich cultural output, and, of course, the Northern Lights. It had always been one of those out-of-this-world destinations where adventure is found around every corner. And that’s when I realized that I couldn’t spend any more days away from this adventure. I decided the time was finally right. 

When I first starting searching about the things to see in Iceland, I was so overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to see in this country. My list of places, list of adventures in Iceland was not built overnight but over the years. The more I discovered about this wonderful country, everyday little new nuances kept on creeping onto my list. And yes to cover them all in 10 days was definitely going to be the most amazing 10 days of my travels so far. I realized that although this volcanic island is small, there is so much natural beauty packed in that you could spend a lifetime exploring its nooks and crevices without seeing it all. 

Years and months of planning this epic trip

All the waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers and beaches looked incredible and I wanted to see as much as possible when in this country. But for starters, the names of all the attractions were seriously faltering me up and making it even more difficult to plan. Icelandic is one crazy language. (how can one fit so many constants next to each other in a single word.)

I wonder if I made a list of places or several spelling errors

After compiling my years of saved information from many different places and spending hours spelling things and places wrong in the Google search bar, I was finally all set to explore the Land of Fire and Ice.

First views of the glaciers in Iceland

Having set foot in the capital city of Reykjavik my heart was already pounding with excitement. With temperatures dropping by drastically as you neared the destination, I chose Reykjavik as the base to explore this Volcanic Island.  

Arriving at Reykjavik in wee hours

Of all the nights booked in Iceland I had booked my Northern light experience on the very first night to make sure I could catch glimpses of this every night possible. I was following the Aurora forecast months in advance and exactly knew which dates were most viable to make a trip to Iceland. And being so very lucky on the very first night with clear skies it was the perfect start to this trip. 

Heading to the outskirts of the city in search of darker skies away from the city lights, I was lucky to have a geo- storm night on this very day with high KP index. Yes weather plays a big role and making your Northern Light night. 

Here’s my very first glimpse at the Aurora Borealis and we were lucky enough to catch this was shot on Iphone with the Northern light app.

They say to see magic you need to wait for the moment and yes waiting for this moment in sub zero degree was definitely a moment worth it. We witnessed our first aurora show dancing all night bright and beautiful, sometimes green and then purple all the way. It was like watching magic happen right there above us in the sky. The kind of magic I would want to witness every night.

I must say once you have seen the Aurora Borealis you can never get enough. There is this yearning to seeing it again and again. And yes we were lucky to see them again the next night, colour the sky not only in green but shades of green and then suddenly purple in a moment.

Too see the auroras in a geomagnetic storm is like watching someone paint the night sky in colors and bring it to life. During this beautiful symphony of lights nothing seems to matter, the cold gusty winds, sub zero temperatures or even the blinding night. All that matters is the those dancing right above you.

Shot on camera with ISO 1600, Aperture = f-stop. f-2.8. Shutter speed. 20 sec. 
The camera setting guide I followed to capture the Northern Lights

A night I din’t want to end, but the eagerness of witness other marvelous sights was what I looked forward too as well.

Waking up bursting of excitement, today I decided to explore the city of Reykjavik. Walking around the city center the lanes and corners added to my amusement. 

Exploring the Icelandic city

Been here just for a day I wondered what do the locals do in an extremely cold and windy country to keep themselves warm. And the answer was right there hidden in the city center. I found their natural hacks!

The Icelanders make good use of their waste heat by diverging them through these pipes at all public places!  They are installed throughout the city corners to keep the locals warm all year round. 

Graffiti paintings on houses all along the street
Then there are colorful ones too

With graffiti painting and houses carved with colorful sights, this city had its own culture.

At times I wondered what exploring the world’s northernmost capital would feel like? With nearly two-thirds of the country’s population living in the capital area; that’s only around 123,000 people in Reykjavik, there’s nothing that gives this city less of a culture or tradition.

First views of the church

One just sight, which made me completely believe in it, was the Hallgrímskirkja Church

Hallgrímskirkja Church

This magnanimous structure that stands as the tallest building in Iceland took 45 years to build. It was build to resemble the trap rock formations, mountains and glaciers of Iceland’s landscape. This is most noticeable in the wings and the steeple of the church which were inspired by the famous cliffs of basalt columns found along the south coast of Iceland.

Cant get enough of the view of this beautiful church

Walking by the Islands shore towards the city center Solfar is another tribute you will notice. 

The city shores itself will leave you awestruck

Solfar, or the Sun Voyager, is a unique modern sculpture located by the Reykjavik seaside with a great view of Mount Esja.

Sun Voyager

The vision for this piece of art is to convey the promise of the undiscovered territory, the Sun Voyager symbolizing the dreamboat that goes into the unknown, for the promise of hope and freedom.

Exploring the city center much further you are bound to stumble upon the glittering Harpa center.

Harpa Center

This outstanding architecture with the glass facade seeks inspiration from Icelandic nature. They say the artist who constructed this building was of the idea to move the famous basalt blocks which are found in several places in Icelandic nature closer to the citizens. 

The light which comes on during Iceland’s dark winter months is projected onto the building’s façade creating a magical light show reminiscent of the northern lights. Even during the summers with the sun in full glory, Harpa radiates in beautiful light and colours reflected in the sky at different times of year when the weather changes.

After all the expeditions in the Reykjavik center nothing more soothing than dipping in the so very warm Blue Lagoon the next day.  

Arriving at the Blue Lagoon
Before taking a dip in the geo thermal lagoon

This was another must do on my list since I arrived in Iceland.  Listed among the 25 wonders of the world the 6 million litres of geothermal seawater comes from 6,500 feet/1981 metres below the surface.

Among 25 Wonders of the world

The moment I set my foot on this geo thermal spot, you could feel the warmth in the air even with freezing temperatures outside. 

The smoky Blue Lagoon

Soaking away in the Blue Lagoon I grasped the Lagoons distinctive blue colour owes to the way the silica reflects sunlight although the colour of the water is milky white! The temperatures were so warm inside the lagoon that you surely dint want to step out anymore.

Trying to stay warm the Icelandic way in zero degree temperatures

The temperatures of the milky water hover between 37 and 39°C all year round. It basically feels like you’re taking the bath of your life in a giant hot bathtub with 0° C temperatures outside! To make the experience even more exciting they give you different mud packs to apply only making your skin more radiant at the end of the dip.

Silica Mask mode on

This was just my encounter with the Iceland’s City life that had already left me awestruck. And there was still so much more to see and explore. 

Living the Icelandic Life

Iceland is the dream destination of pretty much every traveller and it was only now I had started to say that I totally understand why.

Cannot Miss: 

  • Witnessing the Northern Lights
  • Exploring the Reykjavik city on foot
  • A dip in the Blue Lagoon
  • Bringing your warmest jackets, clothes everything you can
GlobeTrotting365Days: ICELAND March 1st 2019.

When you are married to a girl who travels: Letter to Husband

On our 2nd Anniversary everyday reminds me of the beautiful day when we said “I DO”

You knew me since the time I was a part of a totally different world, in fact even if it meant living across the world. Yes you knew what my day and night was made of, you exactly knew how much my little feet kept exploring the globe. I may have already explored 1/10th of the world by myself or with friends or even with some random people, but you need to know that I want all of this with you now.

The moment we decided to take the new plunge of our lives, yes it did drive me a little crazy. Having a steady and stable future doesn’t mean I am ready to let go of my this wanderlust and doesn’t mean any less that I don’t want this settled life with you, but steady for you and me is different.

The definition of home for me is not where you and I are from, but where you are wanted. And there’s nothing much more I want than YOU today.

I’ve lived and seen the life enfold in foreign lands, lived among people from different nationalities and enjoyed drinks of various countries all on one table. But today I look forward for that morning coffee dates with you! (Though wouldn’t mind waking up to a cup of coffee in a different place, city or country everyday thought with you! J)

Let our mornings be like this!

I have always been the kind of girl who’s had Atlas in her hands, adventure in her eyes, and wanderlust in her blood. Travelling has given me a home in a thousand strange places, but also left me feel like a stranger in my own land. At times I wandered aimless simply to be some place ‘elsewhere’. But I want our travels now to be more purposeful and meaningful than ever. I want us to build memories and stories that we can laugh about when we get old, just how I nag you with all my stories from the last 2 decades of travel. These stories are filled with me and lots of random people, but now I want to write new stories, rewrite some old ones all with you being right there. I want you to be the poetry hidden within the binary of my travels.

My never ending stories!

Yes I do have a long list of places, places yet to be explored, places I still haven’t been to or yearning to go so bad! And I want to make all these new adventures with you, exploring the places, exploring the person in you. I also want to take you back to some places which are so close to my heart, to show you how they meant the world to me because after hearing all my stories about it I know you won’t see it as just another place in this world, but see another world inside each of these places I take you to.

To the place I always want to be!

There will be some adventures where I would have to take off on my own and would want you to let me do that in a heartbeat because its only you who understands how it makes my heart beat. And I promise you I’ll be back with abundance of stories and adventures to talk laugh and reminisce about to make up for the lost time with you.

And yes I will take millions of pictures to show you each and every detail of the place because you couldn’t go or make it (though you’ll always be my favorite photographer).

No better way to be clicked than by you!

You know I’d always want you to be by my side, because I know you have seen me get excited about the change of seasons, the sound of the ocean, watching the sunset, the first snow, the smell of rain and starry nights, everything little. Because its only you, who knows they aren’t that little for me.

The very first sight of snow mountains

At times I can also be supper annoying asking you to take 100 (or mebbe 1000’s ) of pictures of me, of us in the same city or even the same street until they are perfectly captured. For the fact I already know you are onto it, and that your photo skills have already leveled up. One of the good things that already happened to you being with me (you can thank me later for this).

Because one good pi is jus not enough

There’s always going to be a morning inside me waiting to burst into light. Waiting to hear new sounds of nature, chat with new people. And you already know it by my crazy bunch of friends across the globe. That’s another thing you should be happy about, having a home far away from home wherever we go. Yes you name a country and with knowing someone there, you are always going to feel locally welcomed by my friends from across the globe. That’s why we are never going to be alone.

Yes I have made some funny, strange and very close friendships across the globe but I still can’t explain what you see in a person that they become so important part of your life. It’s just the way they take you to a place where no one else can, just like you do.

I have worked my career out of so many things and finally found some solace in this little globetrotting thing I do. We may talk about those random thoughts of finding our own path in this world, but for me its always going to be about loosing my way, and finding my soul. Working a 9-5 routine life has had never been my style, although I think I am coping up well with it now.

There are a lot of stories out there waiting for me to live them, and I am afraid they will take may be a lot more time for me now to get to them. Travel may not be my number one thing anymore, but I know it’ll always be there. I’ll still want those “anniversary trips” or “birthday trips” and I wouldn’t mind planning one for you as well.(as far as they just end in trips)

Now wasn’t this the best anniversary gift 🙂

And even if you had to plan a surprise trip, I am sure to surprise you with much more crazier facts and places about that destination. Well you’ll always be the one who’s going to be more surprised. There might be some places we might never make it to, or may be we will. But at least our room will be full of travel boards, places, lists and trips that we would want to make or have made. Our laptop will be full of saved travel links and shows or any related random travel movie. You definitely will have to make a little more space for the Globe that’s been the world to me on your desk.

Your room definitely looks so much better now..

Our desk will be filed with my travel journals, maps, tickets which I have saved as souvenirs, reminding me of the days when my only decision was Window or Aisle.

I know the only topic I would have to talk about with you would be about TRAVEL. But I assure you it won’t bring boredom. In fact between the two us I will never run out of topics, stories to talk. And can spend hours, days may be even weeks, even if we get stranded on a ship somewhere in between the ocean. OK that won’t really happen (However I so wish it does someday, another adventure right?). But at least I’ll be awesome at the geography or travel section of any quiz or family conversations. Don’t worry I will always make you proud. I will always be the exclamation mark in the happiest sentence that you could ever possibly wish or say. You must have read all about the wonders of the world but I will make sure we see all of them in this very lifetime ( 4 down, 3 to go YAYYYY)

Could I qualify for the 8th?

I know you have some phobias about water, about heights, about speed, about adventure, did I miss anything 😛 But I’ll make sure you come over them one by one every year. I guess you made it through one last year, right? Swimming in Pacific Ocean, ring a bell? I know it must have been frightening at first but I too have been as afraid and as excited for every new beginning we might have.

Still wanna take a dip in the ocean?

Some nights I might dream of traveling the world, some nights I might dream of traveling away from it. My inquisitiveness and longing is something you can never get enough of. Yes just before bed you will see me scrolling through my Instagram feeds getting tired of me saying, “OMg! This Place, yes lets go here’ or may be “We should be here right now!” May be you already are. But I am up for other things too. Like you mention something and within minutes I would have a Wikipedia on it. You should know that the same passion I have for travel will be strong enough for other aspects of our lives.

Thought my life consists of traveling and then counting down the hours until I can travel again, there a lot more to it between that too.

There might me decades together when nothing really happens, but I am sure to bring such adventurous filled weeks where you might feel decades have happen. I already am onto it.

Yes I have always cared more about experiences in life and that’s going to be a great benefit to you, because you would not need to gift me luxurious expensive presents. Rather maybe just plan a little weekend date, a ticket to a concert, or a new eatery that opened up to try something new, or just a random long drive in the rains by the mountain side. Of course, I’ll always accept a “trip” as a present! Need not always be a luxury one! (But last night surfing randomly, I saw this amazing infinity pool villa, with see-through roof and a private speedboat parked right next to this stunning villa in Maldives! We should go there too. OK, just saying!)

There are quite less similarities between us when it comes to choices, wants and priorities. But we’ll face them together. We will travel, we will go places together and come back home, and home may still be the same. But something is us, something in you and I will have changed. Our lives will change and with time and with luck our little family will expand, but that won’t change us, it’ll just mean more adventures everyday to come.

So Yes I want to share my life, my passion with you, because it’s in you where I see my home and my adventure all at once!

Let have an adventure of a lifetime!

Happy 2nd Anniversary Love!

Yours,

Globetrotting Wife 365days!

March 5th 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Milos: A living proof you can never have enough of beach!

After visiting the Heavenly Island of Santorini in Greece, making a choice about the next halt on the Aegean islands was rather arduous. With the Aegean Sea offering as many as 6000 different islands Milos isn’t an island that would spring to anyone’s mind when you think of Greece, unless you’re like me. In a way I was much happy to unearth an isle that was far less crowded than Santorini. Then, I read somewhere that Milos is often likened to what Santorini was twenty years ago; all the beauty, but a segment of the crowds. But something tells me this might change in the next few years.

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When it was all about falling in love the Parisian way!

Paris! The city of love! The city I have always been waiting to visit with the love of my life. A city, which has always been so dreamy. A place, that has been on my list since years but made way to it only in 2017. Yes like I said the city of love… this post is dedicated to the person behind my dreams, who has made it this far with me. My very first special dedication to him for making me live this experience the Parisian way!

Falling in love with him in Paris!
Falling in love with him the Parisian Way!

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Athens: Where time travel gets real!

After an overwhelmingly gorgeous week in the Greek Cyclades, it was time to immerse myself into the true historic island of Greece before leaving the country. Starting from the city of Athens, it was time to see Greece in a totally new light. I had 3 full days to explore the city however on the very first day I realized I could see all the highlights in one day if planned well in advance. Continue reading “Athens: Where time travel gets real!”

Where the doors to Heaven open: Santorini

Imagine a sight where doors open straight to views like paradise! What is the first visual that comes to your mind? Whitewashed doors, postcard picture settings with doors opening to nothing but infinity? Yes that’s exactly what I experienced and lived in Santorini. And I guess I made it so far only because of one oversight that had people blaring in incredulity.

“You’ve never been to Greece?” my acquaintances would bawl. “How is that even possible?”

I shrugged; giving them the answer I give everyone around. “The world’s a big place, I’m only one tiny woman globetrotting this world step by step, and it hasn’t happened yet. I’ll get there soon.”

Even so deep inside, I knew I couldn’t hold off much longer. So when I planned a summer of gallivanting around Europe, there was no question that I would be visiting Santorini, the Greek islands next.

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The postcard perfect island of Mykonos

The first evening on a journey is what changes your worldview. All you remember is that, this morning you woke up in your own bed, and now you’re in an absolutely different place. And at that moment emotions just overwhelm you.

Just like going to Greece was always on my cards, but selecting which islands was the biggest challenge. I can’t believe it took me so long to make it here, but I am so excited to have finally landed on the Greek Islands.

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Only if you could meet ‘Some People’ like these everyday!

Travel is something, which is on everyone’s mind now a day. Everyone wants a bit of it, a lot more of it. Wanting to keep exploring and seeing new places. But for some people, travel is not just a want or something to tick of the list. It’s a lot more than that.

I believe ‘Some People are here to see things, live them, feel them, absorb them; not buy them.’

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