Meet the Punjabis of Rome

This is a story I would tell anyone I meet as soon as the topic veers off to travel and Europe. You cannot blame me, for it is the most interesting tidbit I learnt or rather I cared to learn when I was travelling in Rome for a week. It is the tale of Punjabis…

Belgium’s Comic strip culture

When someone says they have been to Belgium, the first thing people ask is ‘Where are the chocolates?’ Or ‘So, did you try Belgian beer?’ More often than not a culture that lends unique flavour to the country is forgotten. It is the comics strip culture.

Nutcrackers of Germany

Buying souvenirs for your friends and family back home when you go overseas is always more confusing than planning the trip itself. At least while planning you know what you would need. But when are on vacation abroad and are on a budget, buying a gift that is unique to a country might not always workout. Getting Belgian…

Lost in Potsdam

Travelling solo means adapting to new environment, extreme weather and most importantly staying calm when things go out of control. But you could hardly do so when you are lost in the middle of nowhere right? It was travelling to Potsdam from Berlin. Potsdam is known for castles and since I have always been partial…

Playing samba in Ghent on Solstice

What sets apart a lesbian music group from other women-only bands that crop up in the city? Nothing. At least on the surface. The bands have only women, they hang out after practice and they may even mingle in the same social circle. They may stand for the same cause, hanker for acceptance and love…

A bachelorette party in Amsterdam

Amsterdam during the day is like any other European city – lively and crowded with tourists, thriving restaurants and cafes. It has its share of museums and cathedrals. Famous painters like Vincent Van gogh and Rembrandt were born in Netherlands. The river Amstel flows through the city and you can see boats for hire on…

A quaint little street in Rome that stole my heart

When I have little too much time on my hands, I tend to walk aimlessly. It was one such day when I visited Vatican. Having done with my visit to Vatican as early as 2 p.m. on a warm Tuesday morning, I did not want to retire to my lodge so early. So I took…

The legal walls of Belgium

Think Europe, and you think of neat buildings and clean roads, where everything works in an orderly fashion. And you would be right, mostly. But when I landed in Brussels on a rainy Saturday afternoon, it did not take me long to see colourful images and unfamiliar words splashed on buildings as my local train…

Imperial Rome, going back in time

My days in Rome start at 9 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. It is more than 12 hours of endless walking through cobbled streets, only to stop in between for food and drinks. Roma, as Italians call it, is without a doubt a beautiful city with pale white walls and history at every turn….

An evening at Piazza Navona in Italy

Rome is full of Piazza, Piazza this and Piazza that. Every street you enter will lead you to a Piazza. So what is piazza that sounds like a pizza with an additional ‘A’? Looking up at a dictionary will tell you that piazza is a public square marketplace, especially in an Italian town. A square…

Alone in Berlin

After much contemplation and analysis, I booked my flight to Berlin. I would have rather gone to Athens, Krakow or Paris of course but for the enormous cost. My sister who helped me with booking said, “If all you want to do is experience travelling solo, place should not matter. Save your money and go…

A boat guide for rescue in Ghent riverside

I used to romanticise the notion of travelling solo – a fairly young woman in the brand new place alone and all that. There are plenty of possibilities like having a whirlwind romance with a handsome foreigner, winning a lottery or have an adventure of sorts like the ones you read in books. It is…