Solo makes waves

edI think 2014 has certainly been a year of changes (dramatic ones at that) as well as many firsts. But one thing that stands stands out more than the others is a solo trip (henceforth, addressed as ST because abbreviations are the shizz) I took earlier this year… Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone does it these days. Big whoop! But for a socially awkward person with a crippling fear of interacting with unknown people, this was a big deal!

You know that cliché about you realising who you truly are once you travel alone? It’s true people! All true. Before the whole ST, I thought that I was an all out introvert with poor social skills and a penchant for saying the wrong things at the wrong time. But after it? I realise, not only was I all those things – but also a complete airhead as well! Let’s say, I put the ‘D’ in Ditzy, kind of ‘special’.

Jokes and half-truths apart, travelling alone is the bee’s knees. Initially, when you’re alone… feeling a little lost… a certain sound or smell or voice will remind you of things back home. That’s when the ‘homesickness’ kicks in. It comes as a wave… unannounced.. Drowns you in uncertainty. Then a kind word or smile or action turns it all around.. like a friendly buoy in this sea of uncertainty. (Yes, I can do ‘drama’). And you’re right back in the game.

So kids, moral of the story? People are nice. No matter what the world looks like right now. Most of us are still ‘good’. We as humans haven’t made a really good case for ourselves recently… but I promise you.. we are nice.


Note: This post is part of a 30 Day Challenge Rekha and I have courageously embarked upon again. Don’t judge us if we go a bit batty in the process ;)


Travel Theme: Roads

This week, Ailsa’s travel theme was roads. Her blog Where’s My Backpack is amazing. Do take a look, if you haven’t already and join the challenge! My images are from trips and non-trips over the past 3-4 years. These are either taken with my cell-phone cam or my trusty point & shoot (Warning: My enthusiasm for this particular post went a little over board.)

The first one is of this beautiful little town of Callander in Scotland:


Next on the list is Glasgow. The pic was taken from a moving bus, so it might be a little blurred, but I wanted to include a picture of one of my favourite cities:


It’s funny how I don’t have too many pics of Muscat. I need to take more and make the most of my stay here. This one was shot with a cell-phone cam. An ex-colleague of mine had taken me and another colleague out for a spin in the Porche that’s pictured (woot!) – a test drive, of course. Fun day!


On a different note, here are a couple taken in Winderemere/Lake District:



OK, I’m sorry. I couldn’t stick with just two. Here’s one last picture from the Lake District: :)


This one was shot just outside a pottery factory in Delft:


The famous Closing Dike, The Netherlands

the closing dike

Florence! What a beautiful city!


The streets of Calcutta are never empty. This was taken from a cab on our way to the famous Victoria Memorial


Paris, France:


And finally, Amsterdam:


Travel Theme: Bridges

Alright, this is my first shot at a Travel Theme post and this week it’s bridges. This one was fun! And I had a great time going through all my photos… The first one’s from my trip to Italy in December 2011 with my mom. It was taken at Torcello. It’s called Ponte del Diavolo or Devil’s Bridge:


Torcello is an island just off the Venetian mainland. And speaking of Venice, how can we not include the famous Rialto Bridge:


A closer shot:


The following three are from my trip to Amsterdam in December 2012




And finally, this one taken during my visit to Kolkata, India in February 2011. This bridge is across the Hoogly as seen from the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple.