The first thing that stands out when you land in Dublin, Ireland, is the rows of colorful shops and restaurants with pots of flowers hanging from the top. It feels like a picture straight out of a travel journal. Then you notice a lot of hamburger joints and pubs and you realize you’re in… Read More Ireland – greenery, dairy and the land of Guinness
Madrid: An easy passage past security and customs at the Madrid airport is a good start to our visit. The city is well connected via public transport, so the €30 cab ride to the hotel ends up being on the expensive side. After a piping hot breakfast, we’re off to the Royal Palace of… Read More Spain – a vibrant culture with culinary delights
If the world were without borders, then Seychelles would be its capital. Seychelles is borderless indeed – you don’t need a visa to fly into Seychelles – you are granted the visa upon arrival – at the airport! Part of the Indian Ocean Island trio of Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles, it is right in… Read More Seychelles – clear waters, tropical paradise and the capital of the borderless world!
Altitude – that’s the first word that crosses my mind when I land at Leh’s Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport. At 10,682 ft. it is one of the highest altitude commercial airports in the world. “Juley! Welcome to Ladakh.” The greeting from my Ladakhi guide is warm and genuine. The next word that crosses my mind… Read More Ladakh: high altitude, mountain passes and genuine hospitality
When I land in Srinagar, I witness a heavy security set up – not surprising for a city that’s limping its way past a decade of insurgency – a decade which brought life to an abrupt halt in Srinagar and its vicinity. As I drive through the streets to my hotel, a poorly maintained infrastructure… Read More Kashmir: a paradise – lost to neglect, corruption and insurgency
When you land in Panama, a vast coastline greets you with an eager looking flotilla of sailboats vying for your attention. It feels like Southern California with lots of humidity. A quick passage through immigration is a sign of less bureaucracy and when you find out that the current President of Panama is from the… Read More Panama: the Canal, rainforest and lots of humidity!
Masai Mara stands for the land of the Masai, but when you land at the Mara, you see an ocean of land and hordes of wildebeest grazing across it. And as you drive your way across the wide expanse, you see a very well-run kingdom of the Lion King – complete with the departments of… Read More Kenya Part 2 – Masai Mara: land of the Masai, kingdom of the Lion King