19 May 2014

Rome / Roma / Rom

So, I managed to stay home for about a month before I convinced my mum to go with me to Rome. As she had to get home for her work we only went away for a few days, but we managed to cram in lots of pizza and pasta eating, a visit to the Colosseum, and plenty of people watching.

I've been to Italy once before but never Rome, and neither had my mum so we were both pretty excited. We bought the trip four days before going, so we didn't really know what to go see besides the Colosseum and the Vatican. But arriving there, it turns out you really don't need any plans at all because Rome is such an amazingly entertaining city. There are so many cute alleyways and you'll pretty much always have something to look at.

There's a really nice atmosphere if that makes any sense. We ate at a few really nice places that just screamed 'family-owned' which is nothing but a good thing! At one restaurant it basically felt like we were sitting in a huge living room which was so cozy - and they served the BEST pizza. They really know how to make a good pizza (that's a proper ending to a post about Italy, isn't it? Because I'm staying at a hostel in Budapest right now and I really have to go).

14 May 2014

And then it was all over

Eventually my time in Asia had to reach its end, and you won't believe how fast it went by. One year ago I was stressing out because of my upcoming exams and this year I've just finished an amazing 3 months trip through Asia!

I'm still completely blown away by the amazingness of my trip (even now, a month after I returned back home), where I managed to visit 30 cities/places, and it seemed to just get better and better for every day passing by. I've seen some breathtaking sunsets, met some beautiful people, enjoyed heaps of local food and beer, I've laughed lots and lots, and I cried in the airport when it was all over.

I'm sure this isn't the last you'll hear from this trip because I'm not done talking about it at all...

12 May 2014

Camel Ride in the Holy Indian Desert

We probably drank more beer and drinks than we took pictures all together in India, but then we arrived in Pushkar and suddenly we weren't allowed to consume alcohol or even eat meat. It's one of India's most sacred cities and is located right next to the desert.

I should probably tell that after a few days in India, I had joined a G Adventures tour with 15 other people and a great local guide.
On our second day in Pushkar the majority of the group decided to go for a camel ride in the dessert, so a few hours before sunset we were each sat on a camel and started wandering towards the desert.

After a while I got to chatting with my camel driver (what are they called? Camel chauffeur? I don't know), who could tell me that my camel, whose name was Romeo, was actually a racing camel. Naturally I asked him whether we then could pick up the speed a bit from our very drowsy pace, and suddenly I was galloping past the entire group until Romeo and I took the lead.

After about an hour in the hot Indian dessert we let the camels rest, and before dinner we apparently had to put on some Indian style clothes. The boys were put in white attire and turbans while us girls got colourful skirts and head scarves.

It didn't take long for the sun to set, and right before dinner we watched to sun disappear in the far distance of the dessert. We ended the night in complete darkness, on our backs, watching the clear dessert night sky with millions of stars - magical.

10 May 2014

For the one He Loves // India's Pride

On my fourth day in India I finally got to see the one thing I was here for: Taj Mahal!
I'm not going to lie and say that I didn't have huge expectations - because I did! So it was with big anticipation that I approached one of the (new) Seven Wonders of the World.
Actually, I was expecting to see it right away, but as we arrived we obviously had to go through a few procedures to protect the monument; change from our taxi to some kind of not-as-polluting-vehicle that drove us to a security checkpoint, which we surprisingly got through rather fast.

After the quick security check we went through the East Gate and suddenly there she stood in all her pride and glory: the mausoleum built by Muslim emperor Shah Jahan to show his love for his deceased wife.
Even the high amount of people here didn't take away the overwhelmingly beauty of the perfect symmetry and gorgeous white marble - it's safe to say that I was not let down in any way.

We spent a good few hours there and had plenty of time to; take the obligatory photos from every angle, observe the colourfully dressed Indians compete with the beauty of the Taj, and watch the tourists doing crazy (jumping) poses in front of it before we got seated to watch the sun set and shed its golden colours on the monument.

3 May 2014

Thailand, it's Been Good

I'm surprised again and again how fast time can fly.
When we got close to March, I couldn't believe how fast my time in Thailand had seemingly just disappeared - it definitely didn't feel like I'd spent my last 5 weeks there at all! Reality was that I had, and during that time I'd; experienced the true backpacker/hostel life, stranded in a small and quiet town and been "rescued" by a non-English speaking Thai family, zip lined in the jungle, seen a crazy amount of temples, explored the islands around Krabi, walked in the middle of a huge (pretty friendly) demonstration on election night - just to mention a few things.

Before going I wasn't sure about spending 5 weeks there, but I have to say that it was really a bliss being able to stay a place whenever I felt like it. And when my time there reached its end I actually just wanted to stay longer even though I was super excited for India. Well, the only solution is that I'll have to come back again one day - just as I say about pretty much every other destination I visit.