And more hotel tales

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Time froze, and from my upside-down view, I saw a guy staring at me with his key suspended in his hand and his mouth hanging open in total shock. Everyone has hotel stories to tell, and they all vary from funny to embarrassing to unforgettable. I was staying in a hotel at the heart of …

Hostel Tales

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When you were just on the verge of sleep in a strange hostel and a stranger wakes you up and asks you if you want to join them and he was totally naked except for a towel around his waist, that’s a whole different story. I have a love-hate relationship with hotels. I’m never comfortable …

Lost in Translation

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Language is always one of the barriers you have to deal with when travelling, especially in areas where English is not widely spoken. Your troubles will start from trying to get a ride from the airport to getting around to wherever you’re going. I was in a taxi with a friend late one afternoon in …

Mad-ventures with my camera

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My camera is my most valuable partner in travel, but time and again, it leads me to a lot of misadventures. Here are my top three unforgettable moments. (Almost) Stripped at The Strip A couple of years ago, I spent a day at the Las Vegas Strip to take photos. For me, there was so …

Seatmates in the Skies

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Seatmates in the skies are like surprise presents.   You will never know what or who you are getting until it/he/she gets there. Unless you fly with someone and you booked your seats to sit together. Each time you fly, you’re cooped in a very confined space (talk economy cabin) with hundreds of others, all of …

Bus mix ups (and downs)

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The dispatcher made another call and a rickshaw appeared. We were loaded into it and off we zoomed into the rain and darkness with instructions to pay the driver 200 rupees. The driver flew the rickshaw over humps and bumps while we held on for life. THERE’S nothing worse than missing your bus in the …