Winter is one of my favourite seasons to travel. The festivities , the lights, meandering through Christmas markets aimlessly, wrapped up in warm coats and hats, with smell of melting chocolate and hot cocoa wafting around, fills my heart with warmth and longing. The perfect cure for this is to embark on a journey and if the journey involves a few train travels, it renders the journey magical. I am sharing some of my favourite markets from this years Interrailing trip./Read more
Beautiful Bergen with its colourful wooden houses, vast emerald green coastline, mountains and fjords, made me fall in love with it instantly. It is often called the Gateway to Fjords , it is the second largest city of Norway, is also the European city of culture. It is surrounded by seven mountains and hence is sometimes referred as a city between mountains.Continue reading “Experiencing Bergen!!!”
The first time I heard about Garmisch-Partenkirchen, was when I was trying to find the train route to travel from Munich to Innsbruck,during our Interrailing trip last December. Munich to Innsbruck via Garmisch-Partenkirchen is considered to be one of the panoramic routes, although it not the quickest route. On that particular trip we decided to skip the scenic route and take the quickest route. We usually prefer travelling somewhere in February, and this year we thought we will visit Garmisch-Partenkirchen as part of our February travel tradition.
The last couple of months of my break plans are on a bumpy road. I have had to defer the 90 mile walk, I have successfully lost all the photographs from my Temple Trip to Tamil Nadu; a technical glitch on my laptop/icloud back up ended in wiping out photos from March to May. Such are the maladies of a world dominated by technology. Let me try the law of attraction and skip the negatives and think of positives; had a friend got me addicted to listen to songs from Coke Studio, have started my swimming lessons and learning to ride a bike. These are not great feat or achievements in themselves, considering the Paralympics held in Rio. But listening to a Persian song on Coke Studio, of which I do not understand a word, I am transported to a world of love and beauty. Such is the power of Music, a beautiful language, which transcends borders, cultures and barriers and in a minute transports you to a world of calm and love and if I add to it, the fact that a friend sitting miles and miles away, in another country, thinks about me while listening to a song and pings me the link, ” listen to it, you will love it “. Listen to it , I did and since have become a fan follower of Coke Studio on Youtube. I like swimming and there is something fun about swimming. A famous swimmer once said ” Swimming is all about having fun, and I am a firm believer, that you keep swimming as long as you are having fun, but I can say it becomes much more fun as you get older and learn more about the sport, life and especially more yourself.” And as goes about cycling, I have rarely cycled as a child and have a terrible fear of traffic. In an attempt to overcome the fear, I am learning to cycle. In spite of the fear, I enjoy cycling, cycling in the woods, surrounded by tall trees , forming a canopy over you, warm sun rays streaming through the leaves, squirrels and rabbits rushing across the trail, rustling of the dry leaves gently rolling on the path, and the smell of grass, mixed with mud and rain, is very calming and is almost akin to meditation. And I then went on a small getaway to a small island, which was very rejuvenating.
Here is an account of my trip.