Have you ever visited a city without much expectations, but when you got there, you weren’t just pleasantly surprised but you loved it? Well, that happened to me when I visited Portland. Here are some of the spots and things I enjoyed during my four day stay there.Read More »
A Fleeting Encounter with London
Before I tell you about my time in London, I think my story about how I got to go to London is definitely worth sharing. After having not received my passport back in time from the UK consulate in New York to speak at a conference in Bangalore, I was sure that I would not like London since its consulate in the US was a very poor representation of the country. In a desperate attempt to see if I could get my passport back in time to join the rest of my team in London, I wrote an email to a random email address I found in a Yelp review expressing my frustration with the UK consulates process. I didn’t expect it to work considering many had written but never heard back from them. Yes, applying for a UK visa in the US is the worst possible experience I have ever had. But, hey! the 500 words email which I wrote as an advocate to all those in my shoes, received this reply on December 3rd.Read More »
Ampelmännchen, the little traffic light man!
On my most recent trip to Berlin, apart from discovering how amazing quark tastes and how its very common to end your sentences with an or (“oder” in German), I fell in love with the little traffic light man – Ampelmann. This little guy is the pedestrian signal. He caught my eye on the very first day when I took a stroll. Read More »
The Beautiful Château de Versailles
I was in Paris last month for two weeks. This was my second trip to Paris and having visited most of the must-visit places in Paris during my last trip, there were only a few places left on my list. Versailles (pronounced vehr-”sigh”) was one of them. A visit to Versailles is a day trip since it takes about 6 to 7 hours if you want to explore this famous residence of the French Monarchs. Versailles is a half hour drive from the city center. You can take the train which is very convenient or you could also catch a cab or uber. But if you are a solo traveller, the train is more budget friendly. Read More »