Chasing Miradouros in Lisbon, Portugal
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I looked at my sister’s face, and then at the Google Map on her smartphone. A daunting task lay ahead of me in Lisbon. She had pulled up a route which would get us to Miradouro da Graca, a roof … Read More

Notes & Photos: Óbidos, Portugal’s Town of Queens
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How was a Moorish village resembling a Greek island born in a small corner of Portugal? This question crossed my mind momentarily as we planned our road trip through Portugal, and receded soon enough. Lost in my disorganized thoughts that … Read More

Staying with winemakers in Portugal’s Douro Valley
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My greatest pursuit prior to visiting Douro Valley was not about finding the best port wine or the choicest stay. I was obsessed with the idea of finding a vineyard that has its own historic rabelo (a vintage boat found … Read More

Porto: musings, a hostel review and a walking tour
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Finding sense I have often wondered why Europe is so popular with travelers across the world. In an attempt at answering my own question, I considered how I felt when I landed in Porto. Amused Relieved Hungry Eager Now consider … Read More

Learning to make pasteis de nata WithLocals
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We were meant to go to Portugal three years back. But fate had other plans. So when Bharat suggested we squeeze in a trip to Europe’s westernmost country during a break between my college program, I didn’t let it sink … Read More

We are Galápagos and this is our story
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You might have heard about us in connection to a gentleman called Charles Darwin, but here’s the backstory. Over five million years ago there was a shift in the Earth’s tectonic plates. Life took a new turn and our secluded … Read More

Walking around in Quito’s old town
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The journey from the airport to the center of Quito’s historical district makes the city’s 9000 foot elevation apparent to even the most tired traveler. Dense clouds shroud rural neighborhoods and tall tree intersperse with homes of various sizes. Streaks … Read More

Five (almost) free things to do around San Francisco
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Growing up picturing San Francisco as the city from ‘Full House’, I never quite imagined that one day I’d find myself standing right outside 1709 Broderick Street, the very house that appeared on the show at the start of each … Read More

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