That girl who chose to travel

She has the inner desire to explore and see the world.

She embraces her life today but still plans for the future.

She is sophisticated but still edgy. She is open-minded. She sometimes doesn’t make sense.

She saves up for another adventure.

She is often times dreamy because she is plotting her next destination.

She wants to break-free but knows where she’s going.

She refuses to party but wants to go out. She is up for something new.  She feels the need of that thrill of experience.

She gets involved with different activities. She gets sunburn but doesn’t seem to mind.

She knows what she wants and knows how to get it.

She is unpredictable. She is random. She is spontaneous.

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Why I love travelling and you should too

I knew that the first time I took that international flight to Dubai, I will be travelling a lot more than I wish for. Being in the Middle East has opened doors of opportunities in exploring its nearby countries as it serves as a hub to travel to Europe and Asia.

Travelling gives me the excitement of change – change of environment, the climate, the people I talk to, the food I eat, and so on.. That feeling of discovering a city makes it so much fun. The world gets smaller and smaller.

While taking trips can be loads of fun, it can also take its toll. Aside from being costly, the chore of packing and unpacking is a nightmare. It can also be dangerous too – walking on unfamiliar streets and allies.

But overall, it is the great adventure that you experience firsthand as you see life unfolds before your very eyes. And I do not want to miss that. For travel is a degree which one can do in comfort and style outside the four-cornered walls.

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.  – G.K. Chesterton

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Opportunities to travel don’t often come along… so when you get the chance, go grab it like there is no tomorrow!

 

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My life is like a book filled with many chapters. I travel not to escape life but for life not to escape me. I travel for travel’s sake.

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Taken in the alleys of Montmarte where everyone has freedom to express art.

My Paris Diaries: A walk through Montmartre

Claimed to be an artist’s haven in Paris, Montmartre is the atelier of many artists including Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh to name a few.

It is an incredibly unique and interesting village popularly known as the bohemian hub of Paris with its quirky bars and cafes, splattering vintage shops and independent galleries.

The steps towards the Sacre Coeur Basilica (the white dome church) were narrow and steep but when you reach to the top, the magnificent view of Paris and its surroundings were worth the pain.

You can find mills in corners, its narrow streets, art galleries, striking graffiti and countless cafés and restaurants serving good qualify food.

It is a place hard to miss on a first visit – especially for an artist.

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Sacre Coeur Basilica

the famous Pink café

the famous Pink café

houses in Montmartre are lovely to look at

houses in Montmartre are lovely to look at

artist at work

artist at work

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Montmartre neighborhood

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windmills in Montmartre

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the famous cabaret in the district – Moulin Rouge

When in Wein – a quickie Vienna exploits

6  Wein – the german name for Vienna – is a city of contrast.  With timeless buildings to elaborate statues, preserved churches and picturesque view yet modernized society with convenient trams, trains and buses to high speed wifi and fashionable locals.

Vienna is truly more than just sausages.  It s the home of Mozart, Adolf Hitler, Sisi and many more iconic names that made world history.

My brief stay in Vienna was rather torturing – I craved for more.  It is like the kid’s expression after stealing his lollipop.  Two days is just not enough.  I need to come back to check out more of this place.

LANGUAGE: Widely spoken is German but lots of people can speak English.

Danke Shoen – means Thank You in German.  I pronounce it as Donkey Shawn.  Works all the time 🙂

TRANSPORTATION: Reliable timetable but the station signs, street names, building names, etc are in German.  I cannot pronounce them but since they are in alphabets, it was a lot easier.  24-hour pass can be purchased at 7.50 Euro plus 2.20 Euro to get to the airport.

CURRENCY: Euro.  Currency Exchange is everywhere

FOOD/DRINKS: My 10-Euro was enough to fuel me.  Sandwiches can be bought for 5 Euros.  A bottle of water is around 2 euro.

Top Tip to go out and about: Hop on and hop off buses are available but the cheaper alternative is to take a one day pass and hop on hop off on trains and trams.

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