September 4, 2015. Day 3 The drive between Delhi and Jaipur is very long, about 6 hours but I was happy to see the City waking up. A lot of […]
My mom recently took a trip she’d been wanting to take for a long time. India’s Golden triangle is a well-known tourist circuit, but for her to hop on a […]
A few weeks ago my cousin Florencia took a red-eye to escape Uruguay’s freezing winter giving me a chance to enjoy her company and play tour guide in my hometown. I actually wrote a detailed post about her visit to Miami the minute she left, but as fate would have it I ended up overwriting it some how. Here goes take two.
I wish I could say I was actually checking in to board a flight but nonetheless, I’ve been making the most of my time ‘grounded’.
Recently I was going through some old journals looking for something and came across a dream I had written down eight years ago.
In this post, i mused on travel starting in the mind and how it relates to wanting to visit certain places and the possible reasons behind that. Today I want to talk about using the imagination and awareness to make the most mundane things seem new and inspiring, which by the way, is one of the most commonly experienced elements of travel.
If you’ve caught a glimpse of my homepage, you may have easily come to the conclusion that I love me some Egypt. I do. I love Egypt and its people with my very heart and soul. With that being said, I can think of one specific circumstance when my friend and I tasted the proverbial rotten fruit of tourist sabotage.
Turkey is perhaps one of the most intriguing places I’ve ever visited, and Istanbul is its rocking capital city with a swag all its own. A secular country and modern to boot, women are not obligated to cover their hair although the majority of the population is Muslim. Some choose too, but it’s generally not common specially among the younger generations.
Its only been a few weeks since I started this blog, and i have to say, its already been a blessing in many ways. Writing can be a solitary task and although there is beauty in that, it can also become pretty isolating. If that’s your kind of thing I guess it’s fine, but I’m finding connecting with fellow bloggers has been like a much needed breath of fresh air.
I hope you guys are having a fantastic evening. I know I am. It’s Friday night and its been a busy week, so i thought I’d skip my usual post. But then, After relaxing for a while with a glass of wine, I realized I had travelled to a few places in my imagination, all in less than one hour, and I was back at the keyboard in no time.
Originally posted on A Leaf in Springtime:
“O Children of dust! Tell the rich of the midnight sighing of the poor…” ~ Baha’u’llah I once saw a child barely two…
Last week was Mother’s Day and besides the immense gratitude I feel for the blessing of having a loving mom, it got me thinking about the journeys her ancestors took through the years- forming the backbone for her coming into existence. I came to the conclusion that somehow, travel has to affect our genes.
There’s no doubt travel presents us with momentous instances when we feel we’re the ‘king of the world’ perhaps imagining ourselves in a movie, taking in a city vista with infinite gratitude for being able to see something long dreamed of.
When I started this blog, I wanted to focus mainly on the beauty of travel, and how travel helps us to grow, inspiring us to become more tolerant, understanding and exposing us to a form of education impossible to get in a classroom. I covered the most common challenges a traveller faces here.
Once you get bit by the travel bug there’s hardly ever turning back. Although I’ve been tremendously blessed with the chance to visit many of the places on my bucket list, the list will never stop growing. With that being said, here are some of the places I’m dream of visiting in the near future.
People are finally starting to take notice of a very special country in south america tucked between Southern Brazil and Argentina. With 400 miles of Atlantic coastline and dozens of fairy tale fishing villages and towns nuzzled among the rocky piers and natural bays, Uruguay is fast making headlines around the world thanks in part to its outspoken ex president and liberal views.
The tourist syndrome can be as real as apple pie if your not careful. If walking around in full khaki attire with a backpack and travel map in hand, the ubiquitous camera hanging from your sun burnt neck, is your idea of travel, it may be time to open up to a more low-key behavior while visiting the places you always dreamed of seeing.
No matter how well planned a trip, there are typically at least a few mishaps which can be minor or a little more complex. With this in mind, its good to remember the following.
Travel asks that we keep an open heart and mind and in many cases become more self reliant but there are always a few essentials that help to make the journey safer and more pleasant. I want to be comprehensive in my approach so the list may be a bit long but you can customize accordingly.
I asked myself that question, and it was hard to determine if there was one specific thing. Some are driven by the urge to discover new frontiers, learn a new language, visit historical sites, or simply lay in the sun. Others take risky journeys in the name of love and romance.
I’ll never forget the days i spent in the Nubian Village in Aswan . We stayed at Khaleed’s bed and breakfast, Ekadoli Nubian Guest House. I think I could have stayed there for an entire year just writing and enjoying their food and traditions.
Ever since I read The Alexandria Quartet, I embarked on a journey that through the years, would bring me closer and closer to Egypt, inspired initially by the fabled ancient city of Alexandria.
As a child, I always dreamed of visiting Greece. There were many reasons, and i was probably to young to put into words many of those reasons, although I think I always understood why. One of the things that drew me to the ancient island nation was the simple desire to witness with my very own eyes, the beauty of the Aegean. I was not disappointed.
After 3 days in Cairo it was time to head down the nile to Luxor. Arriving at the station after endless traffic, we weren’t surprised to see very few tourists. Just as they had told us at the hostel, booking an overnight cabin was easy.
Straining my eyes the entire the descent trying to catch a glimpse of the pyramids at night, I landed in Cairo June 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM. Little did i know I was about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. A journey to my very heart. To be continued..