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Chocolates, Cheese and Cities in Switzerland

First stop on the sabbatical: Switzerland Have you ever heard of a trip to Switzerland without visiting the Alps? Well, welcome to one! Europe to me has always meant history and art ensconced deceptively in either a sleepy old village or a glitzy world city, and the towering Alps that cuts across eight countries. I’ve… Continue reading Chocolates, Cheese and Cities in Switzerland

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The Kase Of The Kyoto Konfusion

Ok, I have finally met my match in misplaced expectations. Maybe it was because of very last minute prep for this trip, or maybe it is finally a spotlight on how my travel tastes are changing, I know not. But Kyoto left me very, very konfused.  Every since I heard of a Japanese temple town… Continue reading The Kase Of The Kyoto Konfusion

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Wats, Mountains and Khao Soy – Chiang Mai

Sometimes, just sometimes, I go with the flow. I don’t plan much and I don’t read or educate myself about my destination. This time, the reason was two-pronged. One, the destination was Thailand, where I’d already been a couple of times. I knew about its deep contradictions and stunning beauty and tourism friendliness. Two, a… Continue reading Wats, Mountains and Khao Soy – Chiang Mai

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North Vietnam – Part 1

We sat in Mrs.Duong’s courtyard sipping tea, as Na helped translate the seventy-five year old’s life story to us. After politely enquiring about her children, her husband’s nine siblings, their association with Uncle Ho and the ornate shrine in their small living room, we took the plunge. “Is it ok to ask her about the… Continue reading North Vietnam – Part 1

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Travel For A Cause With Crossbow Miles – Bhopal, India

Have you ever been on a trip where all the stars lined up? Where every single thing fell into place like a beautiful cosmic dance without you lifting a finger? Where at the end you feel like it was a surreal dream and one of life’s intense experiences at the same time? I did. The… Continue reading Travel For A Cause With Crossbow Miles – Bhopal, India