Unexpected adrenaline rush? Ask me how!

Location: Bangalore Year: 2011 It had drizzled in the evening and it was time for me to take Willie out for a walk. I generally used this opportunity to call my family and friends. That evening I had called my mother. Since I did not want to go very far from the apartment complex, I decided to stand on the …

Hey, August :) – Part 1

A group of us decided to have the August photo challenge. The concept was simple, click a picture everyday in August and post them on Instagram. I have tried to collate all the pictures posted by my friends and me for #augustphotochallenge. The posts have been divided into three parts – Part 1 from August 1 to August 10, Part 2 from August …

Quintessential Date

It was a perfect afternoon – Sun God shining bright in winters. “A good way to de-stress and a quiet ‘Me’ time!” I thought. I took the train to Circular Quay during lunch hour – No second thoughts on that. I headed to the less crowded place – Water taxis combined Sydney point, right opposite to the Opera house. The view …

Dramatic Juvenile!

It was whale season again! Every year, hump back whales migrate from Southern part of Australia to Northern part between April and August. This is known as Northern migration. And every year I do not miss a chance of going on a tour and watching them. I have taken many whale watching tours from the past three years. I find Captain Cook Cruises …

A day in Nouméa…

As my usual ritual, I wanted to do something different on my birthday. I randomly picked New Caledonia (by glancing through the map and finding something closer to Sydney). Research: New Caledonia is situated in the south-west of the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the Pacific Island countries, known for its beautiful beaches and the lagoons around the island. The island …

Where is Clarence Street?

“Where is Clarence Street?” I was panicking, realizing that Clarence Street had disappeared. Context: After catching up with my ex colleagues, Vishal and Ramesh for drinks at 3 wise monkeys on George Street, I was supposed to meet my friends Saira and Sunil for another round of drinks at Grandmas on Clarence Street. Knowing me well, Ramesh had watsapped me the …

On the day of love ❤️

“What do I do for Valentine’s Day?” I was asking myself. I wanted to do something memorable on the day of love. “Why not cross off one of the bucket list items?” I thought and decided to scan my bucket list (which was about 6 pages then). In one little corner of the list, I found – The Sydney Harbour Bridge …

Glittering dots and dust in the sky…

I have always enjoyed meeting other fellow travelers. Some become good friends and some provide awesome information and/or tips regarding the place. One such information was the star gazing tour at Ayers Rock. First Day in Ayers Rock: During my sunset tour to Uluru, I met one female traveler from Canada (Sadly, I don’t remember her name). Coincidentally, she was staying …

Jump, jump and jump!

All of my special occasions are very well planned – Always! And it was time for me to plan something for my birthday. After deciding (it was actually convincing Rahul :/ ) on the location (New Zealand it was, Yipppeee!), I started planning the itinerary. One of the items on my to-do list in NZ, was bungy jumping. After my research on the various locations …

Lighthouse and the scary night…

One of the items on my list of things to see in Port Macquarie, was the popular lighthouse ‘Tracking Point Lighthouse’. Tracking Point Lighthouse was built in the year 1879 and is the third oldest lighthouse in Australia. It marks the end of the 9 Km Coastal Walk from Town Beach to Lighthouse Beach. And is a popular spot for Whale Watching. Since …

My family and temples – Always works!

“Where is this Somnathpura?” “Why are we going to Somnathpura?” “We need to walk a lot, Chinnu!” “It’s like a school trip!” “We can probably go somewhere else, a little more far from Bangalore.” “We need to go to Wonderla.” These were all the statements that my family made or asked. A little bit of context: After several plannings, bookings, …

The Big Blue World, Corals, Fishes and the Sharks

Who would not want to dive in the Great Barrier Reef? That’s probably on every traveler’s bucket list visiting Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is the World’s largest living structure with about 3000 individual coral reefs and 900 islands. It stretches over 2300 kms and is on the North Eastern side of Australia, off coast of Queensland. A long weekend …

Even nature believes in love

The pilot of the sea plane announced, “We have the Heart Reef coming up in 100 meters”. My heart skipped a beat! Was this the moment I was waiting for? For this long? I am finally going to see the most beautiful and romantic reef in the World – Heart Reef! My Melbourne days (Year 2013): Since I am a travel addict, …

Fiji has a history – History of Cannibalism!

“Where is this Fiji?”, I had asked my friend Vishal. After research: Fiji, I had learnt, is an island country in South Pacific Ocean and is most visited country by Australians. ‘Hmm! It just takes about 4 hours by flight from Sydney. So, why not plan a trip with my mom!’ I decided. Last day in Fiji: On my last day in Fiji, I had …

Always remember the Sunscreen in Australia

I sat there watching the beach. ‘Oh, it’s so beautiful. No wonder, it is one of the most photographed beaches in the World’, I thought. I was at Whiteheaven beach, in the month of May. Whiteheaven beach is along the Whitsunday Island in Queensland of Australia. It is 7 km long and is popularly known for its white sand. The …

Do these things really happen to you?

“Hey! Look, there is an elephant”, said one of the fellow passengers. We were all excited to at least see an elephant, during our safari ride in Nagarhole National Park. The elephant was taking a mud bath (pretty rare sight, huh! – at least I have not seen that before :/ ). The driver come guide replied, “It’s a Tusker, …

Want to flood an apartment? Go to Dublin!

It was my first official abroad trip and that too, to one of the most beautiful countries in the World – Ireland. Wooohoooo! What else can I ask for? The view from the flight was breathtaking! Dublin was covered with beautiful thick cotton blanket known as clouds. Even after my 13 hours flight, I was energetic and fresh. I was looking …

The red rocky walls – Kings Canyon it is!

Three days before the tour: “Is it worth the amount I am spending?” I asked two of my colleagues. One of my colleagues answered, “I did not visit Kings Canyon when I visited Ayers Rock”. I wondered why, but chose to ignore it. The French colleague of mine in his French accent said, “You should visit Kings Canyon, and it …