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The three reasons that inspired this post

It’s been a while since I shared my thoughts with you. Lately, I haven’t been writing that much about the things that concern me, as much as I did in the past. And that’s ok, since we’ve all been through more introvert and extrovert phases of our lives. So, today is one of the days I feel like talking. So I thought I should write down my thoughts. There were three really good reasons that got me into sitting in front of my laptop, writing again. Reason no. 1   “We all travel to escape life” I heard someone saying a few days ago. I was literally furious hearing that. How could anyone have such a narrow mind? Traveling is the exact opposite I thought and I felt bad I didn’t have the chance to explain that to him. Anyway, he wouldn’t understand. We travel to see new places – places…

Goodbye 2015

It’s a thing: After my previous adios 2014 and addio 2013, it’s about time we wave 2015 goodbye, just a few hours before the new year. It’s time for a throwback in 2015: a throwback to all the miles I travelled, the adventures I experienced, the new people I welcomed into my life. And you know what? All I can think of when looking back in 2015 is “WOW”. Wow, it’s been a roller coaster-like year for me: you know, like the train we used to ride as kids, screaming all the way up and down the rails, scared to death. But, as scary as it was, the adrenaline rush and the excitement we felt was enough to make us want to get in line for another ride. Should I put a headline in 2015, this would be “A for Asia” as I had the opportunity to visit 4…

Single but NOT alone

Should you been reading this blog for a while now, you probably know that besides sharing my travel stories, there’s something else I share without using any kind of infiltration – except photos, of course: my thoughts in all sorts of life issues. My travel stories  are always leading the way both on this blog and in my life. Besides that though, when you’re almost constantly on the move, you cannot help but contemplate on life, passion and feelings. Some of these thoughts, I’m going to share with you on this post – since traveling. So, here I am, on the 7th floor of my hotel in Bangkok, chilling by the pool, the widest smile on my face. By myself. Thoughts rushing in – I cannot stop them when I’m alone, I know that by now. It is the time when a restless talk with myself begins. Why are you…

TAKING THE TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

“There is no railway journey of comparable length anywhere in the world.The Trans-Siberian is the big train ride.  All the rest are peanuts.” Eric Newby wrote in his book “The Big Red Train Ride” published in 1978. 37 years later, here I am, a crazy trainlover booking a ticket on the same train, determined to decide whether or not our beloved British author was right. TransSiberian Railway ; the railway line crossing 1/3 of our planet – almost 8,000 km – cfollowing a 6-days route, connecting Russia from one side to the other. There are two ways to cross Siberia riding the TransSiberian; either you jump on the continuous line or you choose the line that makes several stops along the way, offering you the chance to hop on and off between cities. You should choose the latter; it is undoubtedly not only the cheapest but the most interesting way…

#KeralaStories: 10 reasons to visit India

You’ve never been to India – you’d love to plan a trip but you’re quite hesitant. Well, not anymore, since today I’ll list 10 reasons why you should visit India without a second thought! The impressive Taj Mahal next to skinny people sitting silent in empty, dirty streets peering at passers-by with their huge eyes; that’s what comes to most people’s mind when they think of India. But that is not what India is all about. It’s a country full of colors, full of spicy foods and the smell of spices in the air, it’s a country of inspiring music, magical beaches, huge areas of green and aquatic roads crossing all its southwestern coast. It’s a country made out of its differences. Northern India is quite poor, with a high percentage of illiteracy among its residents – 90% of those are Hindus – warm climate, high temperatures and cities and…

#KeralaStories: Exploring the Backwaters of Kerala

It’s about time I share with you the most beautiful part of Kerala! Disclaimer; everything you’re about to read along with every photo you’re about to see, is nothing compared to what you would experience and see if you were to visit this place. Follow my adventures for now, to get a taste from this green paradise on earth till you get to plan your own trip to India – really soon hopefully. Our day started rather early on that Wednesday morning – around 6 o’clock. I wouldn’t have done otherwise, since our hotel (The Quilon Beach Hotel) offered such a magical view calling for an early start – just to watch the sunrise on the beach. So, there I was at sunrise in Kollam beach walking by a few local fishermen who had just returned ashore. At this extremely early and different stroll at the beach, I had a…

#KeralaStories: Elephants, Yoga & Bollywood

“What’s in today’s program?” I asked Kenney, the organizer of Kerala Tourism blog express project. “Elephants bathing, a yoga course, rowing and something I can’t tell you about – it’s a surprise” he replied with a secretive smile. I leaned back to my seat, anxiously waiting for the bus to begin. We left Trivandrum, heading to Kollam. It was a 3-hours trip full of green landscapes, colorful cities, some intense glances and lots of on-the-go shots. I just couldn’t get enough of it! First stop: Elephant Rehabilitation Centre! We arrived there at around 9.30 a.m. (tell me about an early wake up call…). The centre is located in Kotur and as Manoj – our guide – explained, it is where elephants with a history of abuse from every corner of India were transferred in order to recover. He added that it is common for wealthy people in India to own elephants as pets …

#KeralaStories: A night -and a half- to remember

Ok, you may have heard me saying this before but believe me when I say that, when you will be virtually traveling with me, it won’t just be about exploring some picturesque (or not so much) parts of the world. It won’t be about sight-seeing or listing all the ‘must-visit’ restaurants of an area. It will be about hearing stories from people living all around the world or seeing the faces of those my life crossed paths with. It will be about quoting every conversation I had with the locals, any words I shared with fellow travel bloggers, about me living in their houses or planning a trip with someone I’ve just met. It’s not a coincidence I named my blog ‘Travel Stories’. Stories are the bread and butter of this travel blog. Because, I do believe that a story can’t be interesting unless it comes with a name and…

My Erasmus* years

It was a German, a Belgian and two Greeks … Seems like a joke but it’s the common daily life of four erasmus students  four years ago, in a spanish apartment in the region of Valencia. But, let’s start from the beginning … I’m on the train and thanks to the ubiquitous Apple technology, I decide to watch a movie so as to pass my time. Searching all around the web, I find the L’auberge espagnole- Spanish apartment, and I decide to watch it-once again-. In the first 10 minutes … the  memories of my erasmus life in Spain are popping up! The Erasmus Program except the initial paperwork, the running, the stress and the final interview with the head teacher, is an incredibly unique experience which you rush to grab it from the hair without letting a moment go wasted. That’s how I were feeling 4 years and 2 months ago at…