~I think that this is the weirdest experience I had while traveling. I had to go to the Sultanate of Brunei for an overnight. Next morning, around 7-8 am, I was waiting outside of the hotel for the bus, to take me back to the port. It seemed late and I was starting to get worried, when a car with a young man, a couple years younger than me, stopped and asked me where I was going. I told him and he said he was going that way. Innocent(and stupid apparently) me thought: 'Under the light of day, what could happen to me?' So, I got in the car.
We started talking with this guy, different culture, different lifestyle, always interesting to learn things and he was talking about his girlfriend of a couple of years.. until he asked 'Do you have sex before marriage?' Hmmmm! Still trying to be innocent, and thinking that we still talk about the difference of culture, I replied and he said that he and his girlfriend will only do that after marrying. So I change the subject to something less fishy. After a couple of minutes he asks 'would you like to touch my p@$/s?'. Not wanting to lose my cool as we were in the middle of a foreign country of which I had no idea (obviously), I replied negatively and changed subject again. Thankfully, we arrived to the port soon after but before I could go out he put his hand on my leg and asked: 'Can I touch your ..?' Answered him 'no' again and thanked him for the ride, polite little me and walked trembling until the boat. Never hitchhiking again, no matter the time of day.. •
With some people, it just clicks isn't it? 😇
One day, while I was working in the kitchen, Beardo comes running to me and says, ' I am chatting with the owner of 'Goan Corner' in Hampi and confirming our booking and this lady is crazy! Me and her are having this hilarious conversation with all kinds of emojis and jokes! I have never seen a person like this! Now we have to go stay at her place'! Next thing I know, we reach 'Goan corner' on 29th September morning and Beardo asks the attendant, is aunty there? I am Chetan Warrier. Sharmila Aunty shouts from inside, 'Are vo Beardo Ko andar bulao' (call that Beardo inside already). From that time next 4 days we had unlimited conversations about everything, be it traveling, couples traveling together, Hampi, her journey for last 20 years at Hampi, why Goan Korner in Hampi, how such amazing food, how and why is she so fierce! 😎
Beardo and her conversations made me think, have they met before without my knowledge? How come they are connecting so well!
Answer is 'some people just click' and that's the entire point of traveling. You just meet some amazing people, have meaningful conversations, make friends for life, learn something and leave a little part of you to pick up in your second visit!
Have you visited Hampi? Or are you planning to? We urge you to go, visit 'Goan Corner.' Aunty and her family along with the staff will inspire you in so many ways! Ask her about her connection with the Beardo 😂 .
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The surrounding Atacama desert, the driest on Earth, stands several thousand feet tall fencing off Iquique from the rest of the continent. Emprisoning it's habitant to the vivid blue water of the Pacific.
Over the hills, thousands of square kilometers of sand red landscape, somewhere in there sits the mining ghost town of Humberstone.
Iquique, Chile - June 2017
It’s International day of the Girl so I thought I would take this moment to appreciate a few people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. These people spend so much time helping others that they leave me in aw every time I see them! There’s a strong girl power presence at the Storytents and I feel honored to be a part of it!!! DM me if you’d like more info on how to get involved... “we have two hands for a reason, one for helping ourselves and the other for helping someone else” pretty sure I butchered that quote but you get the picture! Ps who comes up with these days 🤔
❓❓Why sharing International Inspiring and Traveling stories? ➡️ For you to get inspired to create your own. ⬅️ NEW VLOG about this topic on my Youtube channel: birdswithnests or you can find a link through my website. Link in bio 🔝
Photo credit Priscilla Du Preez
Our next travel is to the town of Chartres where we meet our tour group. The directions to get there was to take a train, that leaves hourly from Paris to Chartres. We timed it to leave our apartment at 11am figuring we would be there in 2 hours which is plenty of time to meet our group at 5pm. We travel by subway to the train station, bought our ticket and start watching the reader boards for our departure. No listing for Chartres. Larry goes to information and finds that as of yesterday that there is no direct train to the town as they are working in the tracks. We are told to take a train to a bus stop then take a bus to a train station then take the train to Chartres. What should have been a 2 hour trip is now turning into 4 hrs. The good side to this is seeing the countryside that we wouldn’t have seen as much. #traveling#trainstories#lifeslittlebumps#travelingstories#france 🇫🇷
Gdansk was a city of finding comfort in unexpected places.
From homey hippie hostel, to wandering around drunk to having conversations with complete strangers set to great soundtrack.
This is also the only photo taken in Gdansk with me actually in it.
So it was this Monday, when I and my friend went cruising for dinner in Budapest. We did some restaurant-hopping just to see the foods they have (and the price 😜). Then we stopped at this restaurant that serves Goulash and stuffs, we went to see the menu and the shopkeeper greeted us (/me), "Namasté!". I wasn't aware much, but my friend was laughing and told what he has done to us (/me).
Being mistakenly told as other ethnic is something that I am kind of adapted to 😝. In Turkey one old man (seemed to be a guest lecturer) stopped me as he thought I am a Bengali. Never mind, we are one!
Have you ever been mistakenly told as some particular ethnics?
Some 30,000 kilometer, 1001 adventures, and 24 countries later, we finally found our dog. Yesterday we celebrated our anniversary, with puppy Joey, who is now officially new member on board. 🐶
Thanks to the incredible help of Dr. Ali, he was chipped, vaccinated, dewormed and is now ready for traveling to Pakistan. With just under 2kg, he fits perfectly in the passenger footwell ... 😉
Joey is now discovering the big world with us! 🌍