the secret, sacred wonders of paro valley   Leave a comment

Deep in a valley in Western Bhutan, on the banks of the Paro Chhu river, lies a town suspended in time. The emerald green fields glimmer in the sun, punctuated with scraggy scarecrows. A lone woman…

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Posted August 23, 2016 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Top 10 wrongs about parish churches   Leave a comment

Stained Glass Attitudes

One of the most difficult things about working on parish churches is dealing with the general misinformation that surrounds them. So often the interpretation in the building is composed by its well-meaning guardians who only have a vague idea of the significance of their church. Not everyone can be an expert, sure, but when you are faced with multiple instances of “hoverers” – a custodian who insists on accompanying you around the building and regaling you with the same old clichés – means you need the patience of a saint to endure a day’s fieldwork. And I mean a proper saint, like John the Baptist, not one of those rubbish bishops of nowhere in the first millennium whose only miracle was coaxing a few swans.

A great many persistent factoids resonate around parish churches, some that I feel damage the general understanding of the history and practice that the rich material culture…

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Posted August 21, 2016 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Creative Ways I’ve Learnt to Manage Money on My Travels Abroad.   Leave a comment

Worth following these useful tips during your travels.

The Shooting Star

When I adopted a nomadic way of life nearly 3 years ago, I unknowingly adopted ‘nomadic’ financial ways too. I’m not sure if that’s a real term yet, but what I mean is, I’ve found sneaky creative ways of making the most of my bucks on my constant travels, without giving in to the fear of fluctuating exchange rates, getting mugged or being targeted by credit card frauds.

If you’re traveling abroad, these simple tricks will ensure that your money goes a long, safe way:

Peg the exchange rate

nyc indian blogs, shivya nath, how to save money from traveling Taking in the New York skyline.

That’s a lesson I learnt the hard way. On my first ever trip to the US, I booked a beautiful studio for a month, and as these things often go, decided to pay the bulk of the payment at the end of my stay. Turns out, the US dollar climbed steadily in that month and I…

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Posted July 25, 2016 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

My First Impressions of Ethiopia.   Leave a comment

The Shooting Star

My first distinct memory of Ethiopia is standing on a cliff in the Simien Mountains, looking down at tiny highland villages dotting the valley on one side, vast green farm land on the other, volcanic mountains surrounding me, and thick-billed white-headed ravens flying above. I’m in the heart of Africa, I thought to myself as I watched the mist roll in; after dreaming about this part of the world for a long time, I’m finally here.

When I impulsively opted for a flight to Addis Ababa from Mauritius, I thought I was ready for East Africa after all the years I’ve spent travelling in India and Central America. And in some ways, I was. But even as I hiked in the vast, misty wilderness of the Simien Mountains and started appreciating the unique spirit of Addis Ababa, I failed to build a deep connection with the country and its people. I…

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Posted July 17, 2016 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

San Gimignano : where fairy tales come alive   Leave a comment

As the bus whizzes past lush green vineyards across the Tuscan countryside, I cannot help but marvel. Low hanging clouds as if kissing the lopsided hills and vineyards scattered as far as my eyes c…

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Posted July 9, 2016 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

TraveLibro for Travel Lovers   Leave a comment

Eat.Travel.Live.

If you are a travel buff, this article is for you.

So which part of travel do you most cherish?
Reading travel blogs and being inspired to visit a place?
Planning?
Researching?
Connecting with people who have already traveled to that destination?
Finding the right deals?
Checking in on Facebook as you travel?
Coming back and documenting your travelogues?

What if all of it was at your disposal at one click?

The talk of the town (read : Travel community) is TraveLibro.
When I heard about it, I was intrigued to know what the buzz is about and decided to check the portal.

Bright travel illustrations welcomed me as I explored the site.

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And when I signed up the Bucket list is what attracted me instantly, transporting me back to the geography class where the entire world was on my bucket list.
Yes, you can fill the countries you have…

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Posted June 26, 2016 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

How to plan a perfect Rajasthan trip?   Leave a comment

Rajasthan has been one of my favourite travel destinations. Culinary, shopping, architecture, nature, or a variety of other reasons, this colourful state has so much to offer. After making several …

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Posted May 14, 2016 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

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