32/52: Krakow in Pictures

Date: 3rd – 6th August

Finally, Krakow in summer, the weather was scorching but worth going to see the city in the sunshine. I was there to catch up with a friend and I had a lovely time going around. We went to the salt time and Auschwitz as well. Auschwitz isn’t a typical tourist attraction due to the historical significance attached to it but it is worth going to realise its sheer scale and how cruel humanity can get which should never be repeated. The Salt mine was quite an interesting tour, about 135ft underground, it was fascinating to see the chapel underground with its salt sculptures and chandeliers.

This was my second time in the city and the one thing I always go for when am here are the sweets, I had too many dessert but it’s fun to indulge. This wouldn’t be last time in Poland because I still have to visit Warsaw and the Tatras, so until next time, this pictures would see me through.

22/52: Copenhagen In Pictures

Date: 24 – 27th May

Travelling again? Yes, I was supposed to head to Krakow but due to budget issues, I got a last minute deal trip to Copenhagen. A deal in Copenhagen?? You must be kidding me? Well, the flight was cheaper compared to everything else there plus I stayed in a hostel and with a host. I also bought the Copenhagen card (which is expensive)  before hand but it was quite a life saver as it gives you free access to public transport and most places. The only expenses I had to get there was food and gifts. Food was expensive, I stuck to street food and convenience food, am not a huge foodie anyways. I had to use my saved up euros for gift at the airport though.

As a solo traveler, its a great place to explore. All the attractions are in a walking distance in the center, the people are friendly and transport is ace. It’s a safe place as well, I didn’t feel uncomfortable in walking alone at night or getting lost in different parts of the city. The things I learned in this trip is:

  • Buy the Copenhagen card – it literally was the best and it saves you a lot of money, I am gonna be looking up different card deals for different cities now.
  • Airbnb further away from the city is way cheaper than the central and the public transport is great. I would recommend Kastrup because I stayed there is about 20 minutes from the central.
  • If you want to stay in the central, book way in advance, the hotels are so expensive, the hostel I stayed (Steel house Copenhagen) at was great, they had all the facilities – but they do get booked quickly. If you are not one for dorms then you can even get a private room there.
  • Explore the other neighborhoods, Norrebro, Vesterbro , Christiana. I could only explore Norrebro fully but I would love to go back and visit the others.
  • Be confident in riding a bike – I am really bad at it so I gave up but you can see and do a lot more.

19/52: Genoa In Pictures

 

 

Date: 27 – 29th April

A weekend break to Genoa, a serene city and a gateway to Cinque Terre. We were exhausted after the Cinque Terre hike the day before and didn’t get to fully enjoy the city but we did the hop on and hop off bus tour which took us to all the major attraction. This was my first trip with Momo & I enjoyed every moment of it, we have our own inside jokes from the trip and realized I needed to be present in the moment and take in every opportunity.

Until next time, ciao!

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18/52: Cinque Terre It

Date: 28th April 

Cinque Terre has been on my travel wish list every since I saw the pretty houses by the sea and I have been this dream of retiring near the sea and would love to someday be able to live in pretty houses like those. I went to Genoa, Italy with Momo at the end of April just so I can cliff walk the villages at Cinque Terre.

We started really early around 4am so that we could catch the first train to La Spezia  which was the cheapest as well around 8 Euros but we took the stopping service that took us nearly 2 hours. La Spezia is a city where you can the trains to the 5 villages in Cinque Terre. We couldn’t go around La Spezia but if you get off here, you can get all the information regarding how to go around Cinque Terre. You can also buy the Cinque Terre card there which gives you unlimited train rides, shuttle buses to all the five villages and access to the walking routes.

We got off at Monterosso, the furthest village and started our cliff walk from there. The walk was fine except for a 15 minutes or so stairs walk in the very beginning, otherwise its pretty great, you get to be in the nature and see all the vast sea. My only advice is go early because the walk gets busy with people towards midday. It took us about 2 hours when we reached Vernazza. The view from the top to see the village was awesome. It was getting to be busy at the village so we only stayed for a drink. We didn’t go to Corniglia as Momo was exhausted and I wanted to see the other villages. We went on the train to see the other two villages – Manarola and Riomaggiore. There were whole lots of crowd around the afternoon so it was hard to walk around but I think its the price to pay going to a popular place. The popular Via Dell Amore walk is closed till further notice but you can enjoy the view from its entrance if you want to have a look around.

Overall, I quite enjoyed walking around. I haven’t got a lot of photos because I wanted to be in the moment but if you enjoy the scenic nature and love the sea as much as I do, going there is an absolute must. I would advise on going off-season or early in the morning or later in the evening if you are not fond of crowds (I wasn’t) and also staying there for a night or so which I regret not doing. I would love to visit the place again just to hike the whole route which takes about 9 hours from dawn to dusk..

 

13/52: Throwback – Vietnam Trip

May 2013:

“I am a forgetful person, I don’t remember much of the trip but I remember the feeling of being weightless, without a worry, the sun and breeze on my skin and simply existing. I felt loved by friends and her family, and a familiarity with strangers. This was my first solo backpacking trip abroad and instead of feeling lonely and scared, I felt empowered to be able to just go on my own and make it. I do remember getting scammed and people being rude but overall, it was a learning experience, to be able to understand yourself all alone in foreign land. Ever since, I have taken a few backpacking trips and its different experience each time but this first trip is the one that I’ll treasure forever.. “