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

Eight days in Portugal
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When it comes to picking a country (or two) in Europe for a road-trip, the choices are varied and tempting. The time in hand and time of the year come into important considerations. After tasting the adventurous side of life … 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

Meeting Icelandic horses with inspiring young farmers
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Like every other teenager, my future travel aspirations were ridiculously high. Growing up with a healthy dose of family vacations, the idea of solo travel crossed my mind only a few times. So I’m quite awed when I meet youngsters who have spent … Read More

Iceland #5: Not just a slice of heaven
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People chase different gods, follow hundreds of rituals, attend Sunday service and live with the hopes of entering the gates of heaven where things will be perfect and in harmony. Well who knows what’s in store up there! But recently, we stayed … Read More

Iceland #4: A different taste of Reykjavik
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There’s something strangely exciting about holding a map and following signs on the roads. It gives you a chance to unravel a place and join the dots using a framework. It also gives you a chance to talk to strangers, people … Read More

Iceland #3: Review of Kex Hostel, where convenience is the ultimate luxury
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The solid brown door at the entrance of Kex Hostel gives little hint that it was once a part of an old biscuit factory. When the factory shut down, a bunch of entrepreneurs took over and converted it into a … Read More

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